Past Events

  • 2018 Feb 16

    Vesla Weaver, Yale University

    12:00pm to 1:30pm

    Location: 

    CGIS S050

    Title: Portals to Politics: Grassroots Narratives of Policing in the “Low End”, Downtown Baltimore, South L.A., and the 53206

    Abstract

    In 2015, Americans learned that public authorities in Ferguson, Missouri had imposed a ‘predatory system of government’ on poor black citizens through the police force.  Yet, political scientists had few theories for describing how people in highly policed neighborhoods come to understand state authority – the ‘hidden curriculum’ – and how they innovate in response....

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  • 2017 Dec 01

    Max Krasnow, Harvard University

    12:00pm to 1:30pm

    Location: 

    CGIS Knafel 345

    Title: Don’t tread on us: The psychology of bargaining in interpersonal and inter-group relations

    Abstract

    Conflicts of interest are rampant among organisms.  The asymmetric war of attrition, a model of conflict in theoretical biology, models the optimal decision making of an agent in conflict with another when their respective interests and power can vary.  'Solving' the AWA involves what can be construed as a bargaining psychology: a psychology that bargains for a preferred standard of treatment...

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  • 2017 Sep 22

    Todd Rogers, Julia Minson, & Ryan Buell, Harvard Kennedy School

    12:00pm to 1:30pm

    Location: 

    CGIS S050

    Abstract:

    Talk I: The Belief in a Favorable Future
    Todd Rogers (HKS) shows that people believe that future others’ preferences and beliefs will change to align with their own.  People holding a view (e.g., support President Trump) are more likely than those holding the opposing view (e.g., oppose President Trump) to believe that future others will share their view.  Six studies show this belief in a favorable future (BFF) for political views, scientific beliefs, and entertainment and product preferences.  BFF can...

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