Linda Skitka, Ph.D., professor of psychology at the University of Illinois at Chicago, will deliver the 2017 Dr. Marjorie H. Richey Lecture at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 26, in the St. Louis Room, Busch Student Center.
Skitka’s lecture is titled, “Are conservatives from Mars and liberals from Venus? Maybe not so much.”
The talk will summarize research on the idea-attribution effect, which is positioned as the tendency for liberals to make situational attributions for various outcomes (e.g., focus on situational factors, such as lack of access to quality education, to explain outcomes like poverty) and for conservatives to make dispositional attributions instead (i.e., a focus on the person, such as explaining poverty in terms of laziness). The talk will review research that tests three competing hypotheses about the effect. Implications for ideological polarization and misunderstanding will be discussed.
For more information about this year’s Richey Lecture, contact the Department of Psychology at 314-977-2284 or Cathy Donaldson.
The Richey lecture honors the long-time SLU faculty member, who was part of the University community for nearly 30 years before her retirement in 1993. SLU alumna Ann Beatty, Ph.D., CEO of Psychological Associates Inc., established the lecture in 1996 to honor Richey, Beatty’s mentor.