Department of Psychology Colloquium Series: Bryce Huebner
This year's colloquium series commences on October 1 with speaker Bryce Huebner, an Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy here at Georgetown. The talk will be held in ICC 103 from 3:30-4:30pm with a reception to follow immediately afterward in WGR 308.
The title and abstract for the talk are as follows:
Looking down and looking out to understand social cognition.
Research on implicit social cognition suggests that human behavior is often guided by arational, associative, and automatic systems. But the experimental data supporting this hypothesis are fragile, difficult to replicate, and frequently leave a great deal of the within population variance unexplained. In this talk, I will outline a computational and socially-situated account of implicit social cognition, which helps to address these common worries. I build on insights from the hierarchical predictive processing framework (Friston 2009); and I suggest that although error-driven learning mechanisms play a prominent role in biological cognition, linguistically structured expectations can impose top-down constraints on predictive processing, yielding similarities as well as differences in ideologically relevant forms of thought and behavior. Finally, I'll conclude with a few thoughts about what this approach to social cognition means for moral agents like us.
Thursday, October 1, 2015 at 3:30pm to 4:30pm
White-Gravenor Hall, 311
37th and O St., N.W., Washington