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Behavioral and Social Sciences -- 4/5 Daypass -- Motivated Reasoning About Climate Change
MOTIVATED REASONING ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE Kaitlin T. Raimi, Ph.D. Kaitlin Raimi is Assistant Professor of Public Policy at University of Michigan’s Ford School of Public Policy. A social and environmental psychologist, she studies how social goals influence climate change mitigation. Professor Raimi is particularly interested in how people compare themselves to others, how message framing shapes attitudes toward climate policy, and how adopting one sustainable behavior affects subsequent decisions. She completed her Ph.D. in Social Psychology at Duke University and a Postdoc at the Vanderbilt University Institute for Energy and Environment. Speaker’s Synopsis: Despite the growing scientific consensus about human-caused climate change, climate beliefs in the U.S. are sharply divided along political lines. One explanation for this polarization is motivated reasoning: People seeking out information with the goal to maintain their existing beliefs. This talk explores how people use motivated reasoning to reject evidence that challenges their worldviews, their social goals, or their belief in their own superiority, and discusses ways to discuss climate change that better account for these biases. Please note: This lecture starts at 10:30 a.m.
Event Type : Thursday Morning Lecture Series      
Date(s) : 04/05/2018
Day of Week : Thursday
Time : 10:30 - 12:00 p.m.
Location : Washtenaw Community College/ Morris Lawrence Building
Address : Towsley Auditorium,
4800 E. Huron River Dr.,
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
Fee : $10.00
Event Status : COMPLETED