For Immediate Release
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March 28, 2000
For More Information Contact:
Roxane M. Geraci at (219) 980-6686
Indiana University Northwest
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Pioneer in the Study of Youth Behavior at IU Northwest

Social psychologist, Richard I. Evans, a pioneer in the study of theeffects of peer pressure and prevention of youth risk-taking behavior willgive two lectures at Indiana University Northweston April 6 in the new Academic Activities Building auditorium. 

Dialogues with Jean Piaget and BF Skinner: Richard Evans InterviewsGreat Psychologists of the 20th Century, will be presented at 1:30p.m.in Hawthorn Hall 331.  The lecture is part of Evansí groundbreakingvideo interviews from his National Science Foundation Oral/Visual HistoryProject. 

Excessive Gambling: An Emerging Threat for Our Teenagers, willbe the topic of Evansí second presentation at 4 p.m. 

Evans is currently the director of the social psychology/behavioralmedicine program at the University of Houston.He comes to IU Northwest as a fellow with the Indiana University Institutefor Advanced Studies, and will also give several lectures at IUSouth Bend. During his lengthy career, Evansí research formulated theSocial Inoculation Model that demonstrates the importance of peer pressureand other social influences on triggering cigarette smoking and other self-destructive behavior in adolescents. He has studied the impact of peerpressure on youth cigarette smoking since the mid-1970s. The model hasalso become part of national efforts to influence teenagers to avoid contraceptionof the AIDS virus and to prevent the use of illegal drugs, alcohol andtobacco. 

Both presentations are free and open to the community. Free parking is also available. For more information on Evans and the two presentations,contact the IU Northwest department of psychology at 219-980-6680.

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