UC Berkeley Institute of Personality and Social Research

Colloquia

  • 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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  • Wed, Feb 20, 2019, 12:10 pm to 1:15 pm

    2121 Berkeley Way, Room 1104

    Values alignment: An alternative to pragmatic appeals for behavior change

    Presenter: Christopher J. Bryan, Assistant Professor, Booth School of Business, University of Chicago

    The science of behavior change has become an increasingly important frontier in the quest to improve human health and well-being. Recognition of this is now widespread in the scientific community, but the science of behavior change—the development of effective, empirically-validated techniques for producing lasting, internalized motivation for the behavioral choices people know they …

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

    2121 Berkeley Way, Room 1104

    Do Bullies Win? A Critical Look at the Dominance Theory of Social Hierarchy

    Presenter: Cameron Anderson, Professor, BerkeleyHaas

    All too commonly, we see aggressive, bullying individuals in positions of influence and power. The frequency with which these individuals occupy the top echelon begs the question: does aggression and bullying help people rise to the top of social hierarchies? According to dominance theory, the answer is “yes”: individuals can attain influence by intimidating others and forcing them …

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  • Wed, Jan 23, 2019, 12:10 pm to 1:15 pm

    2121 Berkeley Way, Room 1104

    Principles and mechanisms of Mutual Understanding

    Presenter: Arjen Stolks, Postdoctoral Fellow, UC Berkeley and the Donders Institute

    Intuitively, humans understand one another because they share the same set of communicative signals such as words and gestures. However, that intuition neglects the extreme flexibility with which we employ our communicative signals in everyday social interaction. Neither can it account for our evolutionarily unique ability to instantly reach joint meaning of new signals in the first place. In …

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  • Wed, Nov 14, 2018, 12:10 pm to 1:15 pm

    2121 Berkeley Way, Room 1104

    The Epistemology of Overconfidence: On the difficulty of being both wrong and knowing it

    Presenter: Don Moore, Professor, BerkeleyHaas

    In this talk, I begin by distinguishing three forms of overconfidence: overestimation, overplacement, and overprecision. Of these, overprecision (inflated confidence in the accuracy of our knowledge or predictions) is the most robust and least understood. I document its role in self-assessment, test performance, and macroeconomic forecasts. This leads to an epistemological …

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  • Wed, Nov 7, 2018, 12:10 pm to 1:15 pm

    2121 Berkeley Way, Room 1104

    Their pain, our pleasure

    Presenter: Mina Cikara, Assistant Professor, Harvard University

    If humans are innately good, cooperative, fair, and averse to harming one another, why does widespread intergroup conflict persist? Several factors contribute to fomenting hostility between groups; in my talk I will focus on the role of pleasure in response to out-group pain. People who identify strongly with their social groups frequently experience pleasure when they observe threatening …

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