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Mar

13

Wednesday

The space between own and others' opinions: psychological and neural overlap in the representation of attitudes

1.00pm

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Public

Guest Speaker: Locke Welborn, University of East Anglia

Abstract:

Understanding the distance between our own attitudes and those of others is an indispensable ability, critical for navigating complex social environments and maintaining interpersonal relationships. While we are sometimes acutely aware of being in the minority, on other occasions we inaccurately project our attitudes onto others and thereby overestimate the prevalence of our own views within the population. In a series of studies, we employ behavioural and neuroimaging methods to explore the space between our own opinions and those of others. First, we examine the role of motivational processes in shaping and maintaining consensus bias (i.e. the false consensus effect), querying brain regions involved in valuation, self-related cognition, and mental state reasoning. Next, using machine-learning approaches, we provide evidence of a common neural encoding scheme for representing social attitudes in the brain. Overlap and divergence in neural patterns are associated, respectively, with behavioural tendencies to presume similarities and discrepancies between our own attitudes and those of others.

Sandwich lunch available from 12.30pm, seminar starts at 1.00pm.

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When and where

1.00pm - 2.00pmWednesday 13th March 2019

D427 Social Sciences Building City, University of London St John Street London EC1V 0HB United Kingdom

Contact Details

CLS Research Events

City, University of London
Northampton Square
London
EC1V 0HB
United Kingdom
0207 040 3410

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