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Research at SRBL

The goal of our research is to illuminate the psychology of gender segregation. 


Throughout the world, men and women are concentrated in different kinds of jobs and roles. For example, men occupy the majority of leadership positions and women continue to perform the bulk of care-oriented jobs.

At the Social Roles and Beliefs Lab, we’re interested in understanding why this is so.


We investigate the social psychological processes that influence individuals’ choices and the psychological barriers that sometimes block their advancement. Most of our research falls into one of four different lines of inquiry with the overarching goal of understanding the psychology of gender segregation:


(a) leadership cognitions,

(b) gendered workplace cultures,

(c) the transmission of social biases, and

(d) stereotyping and prejudice.

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