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Amanda Diekman

Amanda Diekman

I am interested in the origins and consequences of social roles, including how these roles change over time, influence evaluations of others, and contribute to group differences in attitudes and behavior. My research currently explores a goal congruity explanation of STEM pursuits (science, technology, engineering, and math). We document that people possess beliefs that STEM fields do not involve working with others or helping others. Because these communal goals tend to be highly valued, especially by women, people opt out of STEM fields for other career paths.

Primary Interests:

  • Attitudes and Beliefs
  • Gender Psychology
  • Intergroup Relations
  • Motivation, Goal Setting
  • Person Perception
  • Political Psychology
  • Prejudice and Stereotyping
  • Social Cognition

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Other Publications:

  • Diekman, A. B., & Eagly, A. H. (2008). On men, women, and motivation: A role congruity account. In J. Y. Shah & W. L. Gardner (Eds.), Handbook of Motivation Science (pp. 434-447). New York: Guilford.
  • Diekman, A. B., Eagly, A. H., & Johnston, A. M. (2010). Social structure. To appear in J. F. Dovidio, M. Hewstone, P. Glick, & V. M. Esses (Eds.), The Sage Handbook of Prejudice, Stereotyping, and Discrimination. New York: Sage.
  • Eagly, A. H., Wood, W., & Diekman, A. B. (2000). Social role theory of sex differences and similarities: A current appraisal. In T. Eckes & H. M. Trautner (Eds.), The Developmental Social Psychology of Gender (pp. 123-174). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.

Courses Taught:

  • Consumer Behavior
  • Equality, Inequality, and Social Change
  • Gender and Development
  • Graduate Research Methods and Problems
  • Intergroup Relations
  • Motivation & Goals
  • Psychology of Social Roles
  • Psychology of Women/Psychology of Gender
  • Research Methods in Social Psychology
  • Stereotyping and Prejudice
  • Theories of Sex-Related Differences and Similarities

Amanda Diekman
Department of Psychology
Miami University
Oxford, Ohio 45056
United States

  • Phone: (513) 529-2402
  • Fax: (513) 529-2420

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