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"Seeing Meaning: How Perspective Shapes the Function of Imagery" - PSYC Dept. 1960 Scholars Lecture

Thu, April 25th, 2024
4:15 pm
- 5:15 pm

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Dr. Lisa Libby ’96, a Professor of Psychology at The Ohio State University, will present “Seeing Meaning: How Perspective Shapes the Function of Imagery,” on Thurs., Apr. 25, at 4:15 p.m. in Room 113 of the Wachenheim Science Center.

Research in Dr. Libby’s lab investigates the mental processes underlying people’s subjective perceptions of the world and of themselves. Members of the lab seek to understand how these processes relate to cognition, emotion, and behavior; and to identify how subjective perceptions might be manipulated in ways that help people achieve goals, maintain emotional well-being, improve decision-making, and foster interpersonal and intergroup harmony.

From Dr. Libby’s website, “There’s an old saying, ‘Don’t judge a person until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes.’ The logic of this advice draws on a fundamental truth of human psychology: an individual’s perceptions of the world, and thus their reactions to it, are influenced by their subjective perspective. This truth helps explain why different people can react differently to the same situation, and also why the same person can react differently at different points in time. If you’ve ever looked back on a past relationship, business decision, or even fashion choice and wondered, ‘What was I thinking?!’, you can appreciate the power of perspective.”

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