Snap judgments? Hey, we all make them about each other. The truth is when we see new faces, we categorize them in milliseconds. Our brains can have a person boxed and labeled before we’re even aware. Are they guilty or not guilty? Would they get your vote? Do you fear or trust them? Are they angry? Happy?
So what’s going on in our brains while these split-second, unconscious stereotypes and evaluations are being processed? Social and experimental psychologist Jon Freeman is looking to find out. He asks:
-- What are the neural and perceptual mechanisms underlying stereotypes?
-- Why are facial cues so important?
-- Can our unconscious first impressions actually morph the way we “see,” or perceive, someone?
-- What are the consequences of our unconscious initial judgments?
Director of the Social Cognitive & Neural Sciences Lab and assistant professor of psychology at NYU, Dr. Freeman uses brain imaging, behavioral techniques, and computational modeling to study the mechanisms underlying how we see and understand other people, including social categories and group membership, personality traits, and emotion. Recently, he was named to Forbes' “30 Under 30 in Science” and was a featured scientist on Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman. He is the author of over 60 scientific papers and the developer of the data collection and analysis software, MouseTracker.
Before & After
--Try our wet-wired cocktail of the night
--Submit to our dopamine-spiked neuro-grooves
--Stick around for the thought-provoking Q&A
This brain-powered edition of the Secret Science Club meets Tuesday, October 25, 8 pm @ the Bell House, 149 7th St. (between 2nd and 3rd avenues) in Gowanus, Brooklyn. Subway: F or G to 4th Ave, R to 9th St.
Doors open at 7:30 pm. Please bring ID: 21+. No cover.