Targeted Events

The CMBC offers a variety of events and programming throughout the academic year that will be of particular interest to undergraduate students. In addition to our lecture series, we invite undergraduates to attend our targeted events and public conversations.


Thursday, October 6th, 2016
4:00 pm
PAIS 290

Public Conversation 

Personality, Partisanship, and the Presidency

Alan Abramowitz
Department of Political Science
Emory University

Scott Lilienfeld
Department of Psychology
Emory University

What personality traits make for successful politicians? What contributes to political partisanship? In this heated election season, come join Dr. Alan Abramowitz (Political Science) and Dr. Scott Lilienfeld (Psychology) for a conversation about the factors influencing presidential elections from the standpoint of both voters and candidates. Dr. Abramowitz will discuss the growing political partisanship of the American electorate, and its potential sociological and political sources. Dr. Lilienfeld will discuss psychohistorical research on how personality variables (e.g., narcissism, extraversion, antagonism) among U.S. presidents (and other leaders) predict their political success and failure, as well as how such variables might shape voter choices.

This event is targeted specifically for undergraduates and the general public.
Faculty, graduate students and postdocs are also welcome.


Thursday, March 27th, 2014
Public Conversation 

Brain Imaging:  Sense and Nonsense, Science and Nonscience

Greg Berns
Facility for Education and Research in Neuroscience (FERN)
Emory University

Scott Lilienfeld
Department of Psychology
Emory University

What can we learn from brain imaging, and what are its limits?  Drs. Gregory Berns and Scott Lilienfeld will discuss – and debate – the promise and perils of brain imaging with regard to mind-reading, neuromarketing, lie detection, criminal responsibility, and psychiatric diagnosis. More broadly, they will explore scientific and ethical controversies concerning neuroimaging, and strive to separate fact from fiction in both popular and academic coverage of this technology.   

Held in conjunction with the Atlanta Science Festival.


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Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Public Conversation

Are Humans the Only Linguistic Species?

Harold Gouzoules
Department of Psychology
Emory University 

Frans B. M. deWaal
Department of Psychology
Emory University

Humans have language, which is a form of communication. Other animals have communication, but not language. This is usually how the debate about the uniqueness of our "language instinct" is summarized. But then there are apes that have learned symbolic communication, honey bees with dance language, and other possible exceptions. So, how unique is human language? Two experts of primate behavior debate the issue.


Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Talk to Undergraduates

How Statistics Teaches You to Ask the Right Questions (and Sound Smart While You're at It)
Susan A. Nolan, PhD
Department of Psychology
Seton Hall University

Are you taking statistics because it’s required for your degree? Have you wondered if you’ll ever use your statistical skills after you graduate? Does statistics sometimes seem impractical? Are you mystified as to your professors’ enthusiasm about statistics? In fact, statistical thinking is a remarkable tool that can help you to lead a better-informed and savvier life – both within the social sciences and in your non-academic pursuits. Learn how to apply your statistical skills to real-world problems, no matter what you do with your life after college. Whether you’re debating the debt ceiling or debating which digital camera to buy, whether you’re reading a blog or reading between the lines on an online dating site, you’ll benefit from asking the right questions based on statistical concepts.

Questions such as…
• What are some other explanations? [correlation versus causation, confounds]
• Compared to what or whom? [levels of the independent variable, base rates]
• What is really being measured here? [operationalizing variables, covariates]
• Does this even matter? [effect size, relative risk/likelihood] And many more.

You, too, can become enthusiastic about statistics and look smart (without having to carry around outdated accessories)!

Co-sponsored by the Social and Beharioral Sciences Research Center.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Public Conversation

Zombiehood: Is It Inevitable?

Darryl Neill, PhD
Department of Psychology
Emory University

Ursula Goldenbaum, PhD
Department of Philosophy
Emory University

Zombies in Hollywood are the animated dead but philosophers have been talking for centuries about zombies in a different sense – the idea that we are all simply soulless machines. Is it inevitable that we’re all just zombies?? Dr. Neill and Dr. Goldenbaum debate this issue -- draw your own conclusions!