Feb. 01, 2011

Culture of thinking theme for Phi Beta Kappa lecture


An authority on how culture and social context affect thinking, perception and behavior will explore this theme on Monday, Feb. 7, at the Phi Beta Kappa lecture.

Richard E. Nisbett, a distinguished professor of psychology at the University of Michigan, will discuss "The Geography of Thought: How Asians and Westerners Think Differently...and Why."

"The effect of culture on our thinking and behavior couldn't be a more timely topic and we all will benefit from Professor Nisbett's insights as one of the leading social psychologists of his generation," said President Christopher C. Dahl.

Nisbett is the Theodore M. Newcomb Distinguished University Professor at the University of Michigan and is the first psychologist in his field in a generation to be elected to the National Academy of Sciences. In his new book, "Intelligence and How to Get It: Why Schools and Cultures Count," he challenges the prevailing idea that biology and especially genetics determine intelligence. Instead, he emphasizes the role of culture in determining intelligence.

His presentation is sponsored by the SUNY Geneseo Phi Beta Kappa chapter and the Office of the President.

If you go ...
The Phi Beta Kappa lecture is Monday, Feb. 7, at 4 p.m. in Newton Hall, Room 214. It's free and open to the public. A reception will follow in the Atrium of the Integrated Science Center.