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FVCC Honors Symposium Lecture Series: “The Secret Psychological Influence of Expectations for Agreement: Do Conformity Pressures Ultimately Create a Happy or a Divided Society?”
March 2, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Flathead Valley Community College Honors Symposium offers FVCC students and members of the community five opportunities in February and March to hear experts address various topics that support this year’s theme, “Dividing Lines: Why Good People are Divided by Politics, Religion, Race and Gender.” The college brings these free lectures to the community to provide credible and substantive information on important topics of public interest.
Dr. Luke Conway – Associate Professor of Psychology, The University of Montana – Missoula, MT
Dr. Conway is an associate professor of psychology at The University of Montana (UM) in Missoula. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Baylor University in psychology and religion, and both a master’s and Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia in social psychology. He was assistant professor of psychology at Indiana State University before coming to UM in 2004. He is the founder of the Political Cognition Laboratory at UM. The lab’s work has been published in top psychology journals and featured on National Public Radio and BBC Radio and in USA Today, The Washington Post and Search Magazine. The Political Cognition lab studies the factors that shape people’s thoughts and beliefs and the subsequent consequences of those thoughts and beliefs. How does one come to embrace a particular set of beliefs? What forms the basis of our agreeing or disagreeing with others? His most recent research involves how these issues and others can be used to detect mental health concerns, and how differences in thinking serve to explain international peace (or war).
The 2016 Honors Symposium is funded in part by the Kalispell branch of the American Association of University Women, FVCC Alumni and Ambassadors and the Theodore Chase Endowment Fund, and has been generously supported in the past with a grant from Humanities Montana, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.