Jan 11, 2016

Our Next Visiting Speaker Jan 22 - Dr. Shannon Spaulding

Dr. Shannon Spaulding, Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Oklahoma State University, will be giving a talk in our department on January 22. Her talk, titled “Do You See What I See? How Social Differences Influence Social Perception," will occur on Friday, January 22 from 1:30-3:30 in McCain Hall, Room 175. Note that this is a change from our usual room; 175 is just across the hall.

Dr. Spaulding's abstract is as follows:

"Disagreeing with others about how to interpret a social interaction is a common occurrence. We often find ourselves offering divergent interpretations of others’ motives, intentions, beliefs, and emotions. Remarkably, philosophical accounts of how we understand others do not explain, or even attempt to explain such disagreements. I argue these disparities in social interpretation stem, in large part, from the effect of social categorization and our goals in social interactions, phenomena long studied by social psychologists. The data I consider shed light on how we understand others and in doing so challenge an assumption tacit in this literature, namely, that well-meaning, informed, rational people who have access to the same evidence will converge on the same judgment."

We hope to see you there!

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