‘The Partisan Brain’ topic of Peabody Dean’s Diversity Lecture March 21

Jay Van Bavel

Partisanship will be the focus of the next installment of the Dean’s Diversity Lecture Series at Vanderbilt’s Peabody College of education and human development.

Jay Van Bavel, associate professor of psychology and director of the Social Perception and Evaluation Lab at New York University, will speak Thursday, March 21, at 4 p.m. His talk is titled “The Partisan Brain.”

Van Bavel will discuss why and how partisanship can drive people apart by changing how their brains process information. He also will share strategies for de-biasing information processing to help create a shared reality across political divides.

“At a time when many of us struggle with a sense of growing cultural division, I look forward to learning from this expert about how we can better protect the rights of religious minorities and foster mutual understanding about political challenges. We are excited to offer these legal and neuroscientific perspectives,” said Camilla P. Benbow, Patricia and Rodes Hart Dean of Education and Human Development.

The talk will take place in the Rotunda of the Wyatt Center. It is free and open to the public.

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