Smithsonian Lecture Series: 'Psychology: It's More Than You Think!'

How do our experiences and attitudes affect what we learn and remember? How can we use language more effectively? Do people everywhere have the same emotions? What happens to our memories as we age? Audiences can explore these and other topics in February and March 1997 by attending a six-part lecture series sponsored by the Smithsonian Institution, in collaboration with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and APA.

Held at AAAS headquarters in Washington, DC, the series will complement APA's hands-on science exhibition entitled 'Psychology: It's More Than You Think!' which is on display at AAAS for the next 2 years. The six programs, held on Monday evenings from 6:00-7:30 p.m., have been advertised to the 50,000 Smithsonian Associates who live in the Washington, DC, area. Special announcements have also gone out to local high school psychology teachers and to local and national APA constituencies via the World Wide Web. Those attending the series will be able to experience some of the research discussed by the speakers by interacting with the psychology exhibits before and after the program.

Registration fees are as follows: Smithsonian Resident Members $72; General Admission $96. For a single program: Smithsonian Resident Members $15; General Admission $19. The Smithsonian Resident discount is extended to staff, members, and affiliates of APA and AAAS. Call the Smithsonian Resident Associates at (202) 357-3030 to register or for additional information.

Lynn Liben, PhD

Linda Camras, PhD

Art Glenberg, PhD

Paul Rozin, PhD

Arthur P. Shimamura, PhD

David Myers, PhD

Program Schedule

Series Moderator: William C. Howell, PhD, APA Executive Director for Science

Monday, February 3
Lynn Liben, PhD, Chair, Department of Psychology, Penn State University. 'Is What You See What You Get?' How do our conceptual structures, knowledge, and attitudes affect what we can learn and remember from our physical world?

Monday, February 10
Art Glenberg, PhD, Professor of Psychology, University of Wisconsin, Madison. 'The Meaning of Meaning.' Language helps us to cooperate, empathize, entertain, coerce, and learn about events well outside our personal experience. How is it that language works to do these things?

Monday, February 24
Linda Camras, PhD, Professor of Psychology, DePaul University, Chicago. 'Are Facial Expressions Really Universal?' Are infant facial expressions universal or are there cultural differences in infant expressive behaviors?

Monday, March 3
David Myers, PhD, Professor of Psychology, Hope College, Holland, MI. 'The New Scientific Pursuit of Happiness: Who Is Happy?' New studies explode some myths about what contributes to happiness and reveal the qualities of joy-filled people.

Monday, March 10
Paul Rozin, PhD, Professor of Psychology, University of Pennsylvania.'What We Eat and Why We Eat It.' How do we acquire food preferences and why do these preferences differ across cultures? Explore psychological, biological, and cultural determinants of food choices.

Monday, March 17
Arthur P. Shimamura, PhD, Professor of Psychology, University of California, Berkeley. 'Human Memory, Aging, and the Brain.' Remembering pervades so many aspects of our daily lives. How is one's memory and brain affected by brain disease and normal aging?

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