All colloquiums will be held from 12-1pm. Check event details for location as it will vary.

Speaker: Kathy Hirsh-Pasek - Lefkowitz Faculty Fellow, Temple University & Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution

Location: WGR 311

Title: Living in Pasteur's Quadrant: Navigating the Uncharted Waters between Basic and Applied Research

Abstract: How can social scientists balance the need to do basic science with a desire to be relevant to the questions and issues of their time? In his classic book, Pasteur’s Quadrant, Daniel Stokes proposes an answer. Cross-cutting two dimensions - a quest for understanding and considerations of use, Stokes offers 4 quadrants that capture the areas of scientific progress. This talk signals a migration towards Pasteur’s quadrant, that exemplifies what Stokes called use-inspired basic research. Using data from the science of learning and early development, I offer examples of how my work in language, and literacy fits neatly within this quadrant. I also question how, in a world filled with social media and distorted messages about our science, more of us can entertain working in Pasteur’s Quadrant, while also jumping beyond use-inspired work to take dissemination of science seriously. It is imperative that our institutions learn to share our science in a way that preserves its integrity while increasing its utility for the wider community?

Faculty host: Ian Lyons

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Speaker: Peter Mende-Siedlecki - Assistant Professor of Psychology, University of Delaware

Location: WGR 201A

Title: Perceptual Contributions to Racial Bias in Pain Recognition and Treatment

Abstract: The physical pain of Black Americans is systematically under-diagnosed and under-treated, compared to the pain of Whites. While other work has examined social-cognitive factors driving such biases (e.g., explicit stereotypes about and prejudice towards Black Americans), we tested whether racial bias in pain care stems from a perceptual source, as well. Across a series of experiments using a novel stimulus set, White participants consistently showed more stringent thresholds for recognizing pain on Black faces, versus White faces. This bias was indeed perceptual in nature — arising from disruptions in configural face processing — and could not be explained by differences in low-level stimulus features (e.g., luminance, contrast), or subjective evaluations related to pain (e.g., masculinity, dominance). We even observed biased pain perception when facial structure and expression intensity were objectively equated across digitally-rendered Black and White targets. Moreover, we examined how bottom-up and top-down influences shape biases in pain perception and treatment. We observed that darker skin tones yielded more stringent thresholds for perceiving pain independent of race, and further, that Afrocentric structural features exacerbated racial bias in pain perception. Further, both gender and status interacted with race to shape pain perception: the most lenient thresholds for pain perception were observed for White male and high status White targets, respectively. Critically, across all experiments, we repeatedly observed that bias in perception predicted subsequent bias in treatment, over and above explicit prejudice and stereotypes. These data illuminate the perceptual underpinnings of disparities in pain care and can inform new interventions to bridge those gaps.

Faculty Host: Adam Green

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Speaker: Jeremy Yip - Assistant Professor of Management at McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University

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Faculty Host: Abigail Marsh

Speaker: Muniba Saleem - Assistant Professor of Communication, University of Michigan Ann Arbor

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Faculty Host: Fathali Moghaddam

Speaker: Linda Tropp - Professor of Social Psychology, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Faculty Associate School of Public Policy

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Faculty Host: Fathali Moghaddam

Speaker: Heather Kirkorian - Associate Professor & Laura M. Secord Chair in Early Childhood Development, University of Wisconsin-Madison

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Faculty Host: Rachel Barr

Speaker: Daniel Ansari - Professor, Department of Psychology & Brain and Mind Institute, University of Western Ontario

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Faculty Host: Ian Lyons

Speaker: Lauren Kenworthy - Director, Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders at Children’s National Health System

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Faculty Host: Chandan Vaidya