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  • Wed, Apr 17, 2019, 12:10 pm to 1:15 pm

    2121 Berkeley Way, Room 1104

    Feeling similar to others and superior at the same time

    Presenter: Joachim Krueger, Professor, Brown University

    As members of a social species, individual humans depend on the goodwill, cooperation, and love of others. At the same time, individuals who command respect and resources fare better than those who don’t. These two structural realities give rise to two conflicted psychological needs and behavioral repertoires. The first need is to be similar to others and to be included in cooperating …


  • Wed, Apr 10, 2019, 12:10 pm to 1:15 pm

    2121 Berkeley Way, Room 1104

    Beyond Accuracy: Interpersonal, Emotional, and Physiological Reactions to Deception

    Presenter: Leanne ten Brinke, Assistant Professor, University of Denver

    For 60 years, the study of human lie detection has explicitly asked people, “Is that person lying or telling the truth?” in an attempt to quantify whether and to what extent people can accurately determine credibility. The result of these efforts is the dismal conclusion that people are poor lie detectors. In a meta-analysis, Bond and DePaulo (2006) reported an average accuracy of …


  • Wed, Apr 3, 2019, 12:10 pm to 1:15 pm

    2121 Berkeley Way, Room 1104

    What can computers teach us about creativity?

    Presenter: Justin Manley, Google Software Engineer

    Since the 1950s, psychology and computer science have been stimulated and transformed by the mutual exchange of ideas about cognition. During this time, another aspect of the mind has occupied each field mostly in isolation: creativity. This talk surveys creative uses of computers in the arts and presents recent works using artifacts from studies at the Institute of Personality and Social …


  • Wed, Mar 13, 2019, 12:10 pm to 1:15 pm

    2121 Berkeley Way, Room 1104

    When Mattering (really) Matters: A Developmental Science Perspective on Social Value Sensitivity in Adolescence

    Presenter: Ron Dahl, Professor and Director of the Institute of Human Development, UC Berkeley

    Adolescence is a dynamic maturational period when social learning experiences can have a large impact on life course development. This presentation will describe a trans-disciplinary developmental science perspective on adolescence—as a dynamic period of learning and adaptation that involves multiple levels of interacting change. This includes the biological changes of puberty (e.g. …


  • Wed, Mar 6, 2019, 12:10 pm to 1:15 pm

    2121 Berkeley Way, Room 1104

    The Development of Reasoning about Religious Norms: Insights from Hindu and Muslim children in India

    Presenter: Mahesh Srinivasan, Assistant Professor, UC Berkeley

    Children who live in pluralistic societies often encounter members of other religious and secular groups who hold radically different beliefs and norms. Under these circumstances, developing religious tolerance––respecting that each group has its own beliefs and norms––is both challenging and crucial. When individuals in pluralistic societies fail to develop religious …


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