©2016 by Andrea Vial.

PSYCHOLOGICAL UNDERPINNINGS OF GENDER DISPARITIES

Throughout the world, human societies continue to be strongly segregated along gender lines. Men and women on average occupy different roles at home and at work. I investigate the psychological processes that produce and maintain these gender disparities, with a focus on social identity (e.g., in-group bias), situational factors (e.g., formal role demands), and social cognition (e.g, stereotyping and prejudice).

 

I am a classically trained social psychologist, and I take a multi-method, interdisciplinary approach, employ​ing methods that range from archival data analyses of nationally representative surveys to controlled laboratory studies and online experiments.
 

My empirical and theoretical work has examined various psychological processes whereby gender can impact workplace relations, behaviors, and career outcomes, including: 

  

(1) the tendency to favor gender in-groups over out-groups;

(2) the conflation of leadership with masculinity;

(3) the way that feeling powerful can impact women's social identity; and

(4) the tendency to accommodate the preferences of other people,

including their prejudices (even when we disagree with them). 

As a postdoctoral research associate at NYU's Cognitive Development Lab, I'm interested in understanding the development of gender stereotypes and how they impact self-views and motivation in ways that produce and maintain gender disparities.