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Marjorie H. Richey Lecture

Thursday, 20 October, 2016

The 2016 Dr. Marjorie H. Richey Lecture is scheduled for 7 p.m.Thursday, Oct. 20, in the Kelley Auditorium Lecture Hall.

This year’s speaker is John Cacioppo, Ph.D., the Tiffany and Margaret Blake Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Chicago.

During the annual SLU lecture, Cacioppo will address: “Health, Well-Being, and the Social Brain.” Below is a brief description of his colloquium.

“Social species are so characterized because they form organizations that extend beyond the individual; such structures evolved hand in hand with psychological, neural, hormonal, cellular, and genetic mechanisms. To investigate these biological mechanisms, we initiated a series of experimental and longitudinal studies more than two decades ago to determine the effects of gradations of objective and perceived social connections/social isolation. The cumulative research shows that perceived isolation increases the odds of premature mortality by 26 percent even after controlling for objective isolation and other potential explanatory factors. We review theoretical frameworks and empirical evidence for the behavioral, neural, hormonal, cellular, and genomic mechanisms that contribute to the effects of perceived social isolation on mortality.”

For more information about this year’s Richey Lecture, contact the Department of Psychology at 314-977-2284 or

About the Dr. Marjorie H. Richey Lecture
SLU alumna Ann Beatty, Ph.D., CEO of Psychological Associates Inc., established the lecture in 1996 to honor her mentor, Marjorie Richey, who died in 2005. Richey served as a member of the SLU faculty for nearly 30 years before retiring in 1993.