New York University psychology researcher Emily Balcetis will deliver “Overcoming Our Bias Blindspot”—a Fall 2023 College of Arts and Science Bentson Dean’s Lecture—on Wed., Nov. 15 at 5:30 p.m. (Jurow Lecture Hall, Silver Center for Arts & Science, 31 Washington Place [at Washington Square East]).
Balcetis, author of Clearer, Closer, Better: How Successful People See the World, will explore one fundamental source of difference in how we perceive the world—our eyes, which drive where we look and how we see. Balcetis, an associate professor in NYU’s Department of Psychology, will share actionable ways that leverage the power of how we see so that we can start to bridge the divides of understanding among us.
The director of the NYU Social Perception Action and Motivation research lab, Balcetis has been described as a pioneer of the scientific investigation of behavioral science, motivation, and judgment. She leads an international team of scholars, writers, artists, and advocates to understand how we come to see and understand the world. She has delivered two TEDx talks and reported on her research to international corporations, universities, and the U.S. Congress.
The NYU College of Arts and Science Bentson Dean’s Lectures have, for nearly 10 years, showcased current and visiting faculty and other guests. Funded by the Bentson Family Foundation, recent Bentson Lecturers have included NYU Stern School of Business Professor Professor Dolly Chugh speaking about the research surrounding her book, A More Just Future; University of Minnesota Professor Michael Osterholm on “COVID 2023: Do We Know Where We’re Going?”; NYU Professor Kwame Anthony Appiah, the New York Times “Ethicist” columnist, on “The Ethics of Work”; NYU Anthropology Professor Rayna Rapp on “The Implications of the Growing role of Genetic Testing”; “Karen Adolph, professor of psychology and neuroscience at NYU, on early childhood development in her lecture “Learning to Move and Moving to Learn”; and Brooke Kroeger, an NYU journalism professor emeritus, on “What We Can Learn about Allyship Today from ‘Suffragents’.”
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