Victoria Plaut

Google uproar highlights questions over what you can or cannot say at work

Victoria Plaut quoted by The Wall Street Journal, Aug. 8, 2017

Victoria Plaut … suggested that companies can enhance their internal message boards with more-structured environments where difficult conversations can take place. … “Google could use this as a learning opportunity-both to reflect on how the climate is experienced by all employees and to pinpoint sources of resistance to its initiatives,” said Ms. Plaut.

Three myths plus a few best practices for achieving diversity

Victoria Plaut writes for Scientific American, September 16, 2014

No matter how sincere the goal setting, merely caring about diversity is not enough. Although there is no simple or perfect recipe to translate these sentiments into action and results, organizations are more likely to attract and retain diverse talent when they are smart and persistent in their outreach, nourish a sense of belonging, and put in place people who are accountable for—and monitor—diversity.

The upside of a Boston snowstorm: Meeting your neighbors

Victoria Plaut paper cited in the Christian Science Monitor, December 19, 2013

Victoria Plaut … published a paper last December describing Boston as having a “pattern of stronger associations … with education, finance, community and family.” She argues that Bostonians not only value these aspects of society, but that our happiness is directly related to them.

Why aren’t women interested in computer science?

Victoria Plaut cited in The Wall Street Journal, Real Time Economics, September 25, 2013

The fault lies with the media, say Sapna Cheryan, Victoria C. Plaut, Caitlin Handron and Lauren Hudson in a paper published by Sex Roles. The researchers asked nearly 300 students from Stanford University and the University of Washington to describe computer science students. Intelligent, technology-oriented, singularly focused on computers, socially awkward, interested in science fiction and video games and physically unattractive were among the most common responses.

Poll: Yes to affirmative action, no to racial preferences

Victoria Plaut quoted in Boston Review, August 9, 2013

“Surveys typically suggest a divergence between questions about affirmative action in general and more specific policies or programs,” said Victoria Plaut…. A concrete policy “can feel more proximal and more threatening to the dominant group—perhaps because it gets them thinking about limited resources.”

East-west culture clash? Boston, San Francisco see happiness differently

Victoria Plaut quoted in The Huffington Post, September 19, 2012

“Our ideas about who we are and how we should feel are shaped in quite dramatic ways by our local environment,” said study researcher Victoria Plaut, a social and cultural psychologist at the University of California, Berkeley Law School. Broadly speaking, Plaut told LiveScience, the stereotypes are true: “If you examine the local world, you’ll find that the East is more old and established, and the West is more new and free.”

Victoria Plaut Finds Good Looks Buy Happiness for City Women, Not Country Gals

MSNBC, December 16, 2009 by Linda Carroll

“City women who were the most attractive got a lot of bang for their appearance buck,” says the study’s lead author, Victoria Plaut, a visiting assistant professor of psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law…. “And if you were even slightly below average, you were very clearly worse off.”