Tomi-Ann Roberts, a psychologist at Brigham Young University, will explore the stereotype that women are more sensitive than men to criticism Thursday, Oct. 18, at noon in 376 Wilkinson Center.

She will speak at the brown bag luncheon sponsored by BYU's Women's Research Institute. The lecture is free and open to the public.Roberts joined the BYU faculty in September after earning her doctorate in psychology from Stanford University. She is the recent winner of the Student Prize for Psychological Research on Women and Gender awarded by the Association for Women in Psychology.

Roberts argues that men respond to evaluations from others with a self-confident, competitive approach, while women see such situations as opportunities to gain information about their abilities.