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Psychology Department Spring Colloquium: Men Are From Earth, Women Are From Earth

Monday, April 14, 2014

2:00 PM-3:00 PM

Professor Janet Shibley Hyde, PhD, Helen Thompson Wooley Professor of Psychology and Women's Studies, University of Wisconsin


"Men Are from Earth, Women Are from Earth: Science vs. the Media on Gender Differences"
The media are filled with messages that women and men are psychologically very different. Is this really accurate? Janet Shibley Hyde, PhD, uses the statistical technique of meta-analysis to synthesize relevant scientific data on gender differences in a variety of areas including math performance, self-esteem and sexuality. In contrast to media messages, she's found that the data supports the Gender Similarities Hypothesis, which states that women and men are more similar than different on most psychological variables.

This event is free and open to the Drexel community. 

Janet Shibley Hyde is Helen Thompson Woolley Professor of Psychology and Women's Studies at the University of Wisconsin.  She earned her PhD in psychology from the University of California, Berkeley.  She is perhaps best known for her meta-analyses of research on gender differences, including gender differences in mathematics performance (Science, 2008; Psychological Bulletin, 2010), sexuality (2010), self-esteem (1999), and temperament (2006).  Based on these and other meta-analyses, she proposed the Gender Similarities Hypothesis in 2005.  Current work focuses on the emergence of gender differences in depression in adolescence, as well as an evaluation of the effectiveness of single-sex compared with coed schooling. Since 1990 she has been co-director of the Wisconsin Study of Families and Work,

Prof. Hyde is the author of two undergraduate textbooks, "Half the Human Experience: The Psychology of Women" (8th ed., Cengage) and "Understanding Human Sexuality" (12th ed., McGraw-Hill).  A fellow of the American Psychological Association and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, she has won numerous awards, including the Heritage Award from the Society for the Psychology of Women for her career contributions to research on the psychology of women and gender.