The Department of Psychological Sciences
in conjunction with the College of Arts and Science presents

Distinguished Lecture Series in Psychology, 2015-2016

Belief Systems: Their Origins, Maintenance, and Consequences

September 17, 2015 | Jesse Wrench Auditorium, 3:30 to 5:00 pm

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Why do (some) people believe they have been abducted by space aliens or have recovered memories from a past life?
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Richard J. McNally
Professor of Psychology, Harvard University


October 15, 2015 | Jesse Wrench Auditorium, 3:30 to 5:00 pm

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Why beliefs matter for good science
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Jeff Rouder
Professor of Psychology, University of Missouri


November 17, 2015 | Jesse Wrench Auditorium, 3:30 to 5:00 pm

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Is human autonomy a Western ideology or a basic need?: Research on familial, cultural and economic influences on self-determination
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Richard M. Ryan
Professor, Institute for Positive Psychology and Education, Australian Catholic University, and Professor of Psychology and Education, University of Rochester


February 11, 2016 | Jesse Wrench Auditorium, 3:30 to 5:00 pm

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Culture, rationality, and beliefs about risk: The Tragedy of the Science-Communication Commons
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Dan Kahan
Elizabeth K. Dollard Professor of Law & Professor of Psychology, Yale University


March 3, 2016 | Jesse Wrench Auditorium, 3:30 to 5:00 pm

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Against empathy: Rethinking our common-sense beliefs about morality
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Paul Bloom
Brooks and Suzanne Ragen Professor of Psychology & Cognitive Science, Yale University



April 21, 2016 | Jesse Wrench Auditorium, 3:30 to 5:00 pm

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Core knowledge and the development of human belief systems
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Elizabeth Spelke
Marshall L. Berkman Professor of Psychology, Harvard University



All lectures are free and open to the public.

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Distinguished Lecture Series Contact:
Kelly Davis, Department of Psychological Science
573-884-6277, daviskel@missouri.edu