Alumna to Give John Kendall Lecture Feb. 28

Posted on February 7th, 2011 by

Kathleen Vohs '96

Dr. Kathleen Vohs ’96, Land O’ Lakes Professor of Marketing and McKnight Presidential Fellow in the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota, will present the 2011 John Kendall Lecture Series Address at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 28 in Wallenberg Auditorium, located on the second level of the Alfred Nobel Hall of Science.

Vohs’s lecture is titled “Small Reminders of Money Produce Big Changes in Behavior,” and is free and open to the public.

Vohs is an internationally recognized leader in the field of psychology, and she applies her understanding of psychological science to business issues in order to advance new areas of marketing research. Her research specialties include self-regulation (particularly in terms of predicting impulsive spending, overeating among dieters, and making a bad impression); self processes (such as self-esteem); the effects of making choices on self-regulatory ability; the effects of the mere presence of money; and heterosexual sexual relations as predicted by economic principles.

Vohs has authored more than 110 scholarly publications and served as the editor of three books. She has written extensively on self-regulation, intrapersonal and interpersonal processes, the objective consequences of self-esteem, bulimic symptoms, and consequences of self-control failure on impulsive behavior. Vohs graduated from Gustavus in 1996 with summa cum laude honors. She went on to earn her Ph.D. in psychological and brain sciences in 2000 from Dartmouth.

The John Kendall Lecture Series was established to honor Dr. John Kendall for his contributions to the Gustavus Department of Psychology and for his support and influence on the careers of his students. Dr. Kendall was a member of the Gustavus psychology department for 15 years prior to becoming President of the College in 1980.

The Kendall Lecture, presented by a noted researcher in the field of psychology, is intended to recognize and commemorate Dr. Kendall’s abiding interest in and commitment to the empirical investigation of behavior and psychology as a science. Funding for the public address and classroom visits is provided through the John Kendall Lecture Series Endowment, established in 1985 through the efforts of departmental faculty and the financial contributions of psychology majors when Dr. Kendall was teaching in the department. The department welcomes any continued support of this fund.

For more information about the John Kendall Lecture Series Address, contact the Gustavus Department of Psychology at 507-933-7413.


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