The Case for a Strong, Subtle, and Sneaky Social Self
16:00 - 17:00
Zoom (email for link)
Dr Shira Gabriel
Lectures, talks and seminars
Psychology, Department of
Dr Giulia Poerio email@example.com
Although the idea of human beings being primarily and inextricably social has strong support in the psychological literature, an examination of how human beings actually choose to spend much of their time suggests a species more interested in solitude than social connection.
In this talk, Dr Shira Gabriel will argue that a careful examination of seemingly non-social activities actually strongly supports a view of humans as primarily and inextricably social beings.
For example, although we know we are being social when we call a friend on the phone or go to a party, my research suggests that we may also be socially motivated when we turn on the television, read a book, watch a football game, or go to a movie.
Dr Gabriel will present evidence that supports a conception of a social self that propels us to actions that may not seem social to those around us, or even to ourselves, but that are actually fulfilling our very human and highly pervasive needs for social connection.
Dr Shira Gabriel is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology, University of Buffalo
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