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Coyle, Emily

Emily Coyle is a fourth year graduate student in developmental psychology, studying with Dr. Lynn Liben at Penn State. She received her B.S. in psychology from Washington and Lee University, Lexington, VA, in 2010 and her M.S. in psychology at Penn State in 2012. Her research interests are in gender development and how the information children gather about gender through informal avenues like play impacts aspirations and achievement. Some of her current work examines the ways in which highly feminized approaches to attracting girls to STEM may actually have negative collateral damage such as increased gender stereotyping. For example, highly feminized toys like Barbie may be particularly appealing to preschool girls who attend highly to gender. However, such toys appear ineffective in increasing interest in future STEM careers, instead reinforcing and even increasing interest in stereotypically feminine things. I am interested in the subtleties of STEM intervention and their empirical evaluation. 

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