Colloquium Information

Dr. Clancy Blair
Professor of Cognitive Psychology
New York University

Friday, October 10, 2014
3:30 PM
Tol 215
Reception to follow

"School Readiness and the Development of Executive Functions:  Putting Neuroscience to Work in the Classroom"

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Dr. Wendi Gardner
Associate Professor, Department of Psychology
Northwestern University

Friday, October 24, 2014
3:30 PM
Tol 215
Reception to follow

"Does Exclusion Make Us Smarter?  How Our Hunger For Acceptance May Drive Emotional Intelligence"

The need to belong, to feel connected and accepted by others, has been recognized as a fundamental human need - perhaps as central to our psychological well-being as food is for our physical well-being.  The current talk presents a model of "belonging regulation" that explores how individuals adaptively respond to threats to belonging.  I will present research that suggests that, just as hunger tunes cognitive and behavioral processes in service of seeking physical nourishment, belonging needs appear to tune the individual toward re-establishing social connection.  Specifically, the role of belonging needs in emotional intelligence will be discussed - focusing on how exclusion may heighten the two branches of emotional intelligence most important for social acceptence and influence.

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Dr. Michael Norton
Professor of Business Administration
Harvard Univsersity

Friday, December 5, 2014
3:30 PM
Tol 215
Reception to follow

"Unequality:  Who Gets What and Why it Matters"