Category Psychology

3.24.16

Implicit Biases, Moral Agency, and Moral Responsibility

Humanities Forum
Angela Smith, Roger Mudd Professor of Ethics and Professor of Philosophy, Washington and Lee University
Evelyn Barker Memorial Lecture
Thursday, March 24, 4 p.m.
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery

Dr. Smith argues that we can be held responsible for implicit biases that underlie our thoughts and behavior, despite the fact that we often lack conscious awareness and control of them. Such biases involve exercises of our evaluative agency that we can be asked to justify, and this makes us subject to moral assessment for them. (Click heading for full description.)

Eldar Shafir

Psychology and Policy in Contexts of Scarcity

Social Sciences Forum
Eldar Shafir, William Steward Tod Professor of Psychology and Public Affairs, Princeton University
Tuesday, April 5, 4 p.m.
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery

The psychology that emerges when people do not have enough (money, time, etc.) will be considered, along with some of the behaviors — commendable as well as problematic — that emerge as a result. Some implications for policy and for the conduct of everyday life will be considered. (Click heading for full description.)

Shari Waldstein

Socioeconomic Status and Brain Health: Biological, Psychosocial, and Behavioral Pathways

Humanities/Social Sciences Forum
Shari Waldstein, Professor of Psychology, UMBC
Lipitz Lecture
Tuesday, May 3, 4 p.m.
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery

Lower socioeconomic status (SES) is associated with poor clinical brain health outcomes, including stroke and dementia. However, SES influences on brain health status are noted long before such devastating outcomes. This talk will provide an exploration of the complex biological, psychosocial, and behavioral pathways whereby SES affects the brain and cognitive function. Also considered will be the intersection of SES and self-identified race in disparities in brain health. (Click heading for full description.)

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