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Exploring the Mind | From Average Differences to Different From Average: When Gender Matters for Emotion and Anxiety on AADL.TV


Tuesday February 22, 2022: 7:00pm to 8:30pm  Add to Calendar /   Add to Google Calendar




Gender matters for emotions – or does it?

Averages are often used to describe the emotions of women and men. People, however, are unique, and emotions meaningfully fluctuate from day-to-day. This variability calls into question the accuracy of averages, which actually may not represent any individual! Using unique 75-day individual-level data on emotions and anxiety, this talk will showcase both the utility of averages for dispelling gender stereotypes as well as the danger of averages for (mis)representing the experiences of individual men and women.

Dr. Adriene Beltz is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Michigan. She is a developmental psychologist who uses innovative study designs and statistical analyses to reveal when individuals are well-represented by group averages – and when they are not. She is especially interested in how “average” gender differences often do not describe most individuals. Dr. Beltz received her Ph.D. in Psychology from Penn State University, where she specialized in cognitive and affective neuroscience, followed by two years as a post-doctoral scholar focusing on quantitative network analyses. Her research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, Jacobs Foundation, and James S. McDonnell Foundation. She has also received awards from the Association for Psychological Science as well as the American Psychological Association.

This program is in partnership with the University of Michigan Department of Psychology.


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Hi there, CherylO, thanks for your comment, nice to hear from you! We've got this feature on the list, and I've passed your suggestion on to the dev team too. Thanks for taking the time to let us know what features you'd like to see!