Dr. Colleen Moore, a professor of psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will speak on “Why Pollution Matters to Children’s Psychological Development” at a Psychology Colloquium on Thursday, April 28. She will present her talk from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in Room 126, John R. Roach Center for the Liberal Arts.
Moore, author of Children and Pollution: Why Scientists Disagree, will discuss how exposure to certain pollutants can affect children's intellectual functioning, their social interactions and behavior, and their stress responses. The presentation will provide the basics of what the research shows about how exposure to pollution affects children's behavior and psychological development.
Examples will be drawn from the "best science" on exposure to lead, mercury, PCBs, noise, and community pollution disasters.
Moore has been a member of the Wisconsin faculty since 1978. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana in psychology, with emphasis on developmental psychology and a minor in quantitative research methods.
She teaches graduate courses in the design of psychological experiments and developmental psychology. She has been teaching an undergraduate course on the Psychology of Environmental Issues for 10 years. Her research currently addresses several topics, including prenatal influences on later behavior and how environmental attitudes are related to risk perceptions, ethical reasoning, and other aspects of judgment and decision making.