Oct. 7: Guest speaker presents work on bias and status

susan-fiske-webPULLMAN, Wash. – Susan Fiske, internationally honored researcher of cognitive stereotypes and emotional prejudices, will speak at 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7, in the Veterinary and Biomedical Research Building, room 201, and by videoconference to other Washington State University campuses.

In “Talking Up, Talking Down: The Power of Positive Speaking,” she will discuss her studies of how people communicate, understand and present themselves and others, especially across status divides. Her presentation, the Department of Psychology’s Adams Grant Lecture, will be videostreamed at WSU Tri-Cities TWST 256 and WSU Vancouver VECS 120.

Fiske is Eugene Higgins professor of psychology at Princeton University. She holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University and honorary doctorates from the Université Catholique de Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium; Universiteit Leiden, Netherlands; and Universität Basel, Switzerland. She is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, American Academy of Arts and Sciences and American Philosophical Society.

Author of about 350 articles and chapters, she is most known for theories and research into how people think about each other. The U.S. Supreme Court has cited her gender-bias testimony, and she testified before President Clinton’s Race Initiative Advisory Board.

These influenced her recent edited volume, “Beyond Common Sense: Psychological Science in the Courtroom.” Along with upper-level textbooks, she has written “The Human Brand: How We Relate to People, Products and Companies,” and “Envy Up and Scorn Down: How Status Divides Us.”