'Knowing Unknowns … Developmental Social Psychology and Human Knowledge'

HPL 2021
Date Tuesday 13 September 2022
Time 5:45pm
Where Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts
Presenter Professor Patrick Leman
Contact email
Series Hamilton Public Lectures 2022
Admission Cost Free


'Knowing Unknowns … Developmental Social Psychology and Human Knowledge' - by Professor Patrick Leman

How do we ever get to know anything? This lecture might not assuage all the epistemic anxiety of Cartesian doubters, but it will describe how research in developmental and social psychology has sought to explain how children acquire beliefs and knowledge through their interactions with others, how the “messiness” of and structures of status in social life can interfere with or stimulate that process, and the forces that shape our beliefs and knowledge as adults. It will consider research across an eclectic mix of social and psychology from moral judgment to collaborative memory, gender to beliefs in conspiracy theories to demonstrate that, even for adults, knowledge is often a very vulnerable, and fundamentally social, thing.

About Professor Patrick Leman:

Patrick Leman is a Professor of Psychology with interests across areas of developmental and social psychology. He grew up in East London, and completed an BA and MA at St Edmund Hall, Oxford University, and PhD at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. He was previously Head of Department of Psychology and Associate Dean (Science) at Royal Holloway University of London, Dean of Education and interim Executive Dean, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London. He is Fellow of the British Psychological Society and previously Chair and Editor in Chief of its twelve journals and extensive books range, the Conferences Committee and Developmental Psychology Section. He is currently the Pro Vice-Chancellor for the Division of Arts, Law, Psychology and Social Sciences at the University of Waikato.

This 35-minute public lecture will be held at the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts at the University of Waikato in Hamilton, starting at 5.45pm. Opus Bar will be open from 5.15pm.

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