The Biased Self?

13 Nov ‘14


6.30PM - 7.30PM
Speaker: Professor Glyn Humphreys

Venue: Logie Lecture Theatre, University of Stirling

The Division of Psychology, School of Natural Sciences, is pleased to invite you to the 2014 John Damien Lecture.  The event will be chaired by the Division's Dr Magdalena Ietswaart, and the lecture will be given by eminent psychologist, Professor Glyn Humphreys, who will speak on the topic of "The Biased Self?"

What is the human self? Psychologists, philosophers and neuroscientists have long been interested in this question but have yet to define exactly how we represent ourselves and how this may differ from how we represent and think about other people. Many processes in the brain happen automatically and without us knowing. Professor Humphreys and his team have recently shown that one of these automatic brain processes biases the way we see the world. This research shows that humans have a bias to favour information related to themselves over information related to other people. This newly found bias is apparent is all kinds of basic perceptual processes, demonstrated though clever cognitive experiments. Professor Humphreys will talk about why these biases arise and how self-biases can be harnessed to enhance memory and perception. Understanding self representation is not only critical for understanding aspects of the human psyche but can also be of practical importance for emerging technologies such as computer and robot assisted stroke rehabilitation.

To read the lecture abstract in full, please click here.

This event is free of charge and all staff, students and members of the general public are welcome to attend.

Professor Humphreys is the Watts Professor of Experimental Psychology and Head of Department, University of Oxford.
http://www.psy.ox.ac.uk/team/principal-investigators/glyn-humphreys

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