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The Cootie Phenomenon: Gender, Cognition, and Stereotyping Development

Tuesday, December 13, 2016 @ 7:00 PM-8:30 PM

Due to unexpected illness, this event has been cancelled. Our sincerest apologies for any inconvenience. We hope to reschedule!

Missouri History Museum – Lee Auditorium
Lindell and DeBaliviere in Forest Park
St. Louis, Missouri 63112  + Google Map

Registration not required. FREE and OPEN to ALL. Middle and high school students welcome. Parking is free in the History Museum lots, on the street in Forest Park, or in the East and West lots across from the Judith and Dennis Jones Visitor Center.

Featured Speaker: Kimberly Powlishta, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Experimental Program: Developmental; Director, Graduate Program in Experimental Psychology, and the Gender Cognitions and Development Lab, , Department of Psychology, Saint Louis University

cootiegameWhat causes the “cootie” phenomenon? Psychologist, Dr. Kimberly Powlishta talks about the development of stereotyping, bias, and social identity in children and how these constructs relate to gender, including mechanisms that lead children to favor their own sex, to exaggerate differences between, and similarities within the sexes, and to react negatively to violations of traditional gender-role stereotypes. Before you do your holiday toy shopping for the children or adolescents in your life, you’ll want to stop by for this talk as Dr. Powlishta touches on the ways in which toys are advertised and how those advertisements reflect—and sometimes encourage—gender stereotyping.


The Cootie Phenomenon is a Perspectives on Science and History Series partnership of The Academy of Science – St. Louis and the Missouri History Museum presented in conjunction with the traveling exhibition, TOYS of the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s on display at the Missouri History Museum through January 22, 2017.


Tuesday, December 13, 2016
7:00 PM-8:30 PM
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Missouri History Museum
5700 Lindell Blvd
St. Louis, MO 63112 United States
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