University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

Northern Lights Psychology Conference is Oct. 19

The 2013 Northern Lights Psychology Conference will take place at the Memorial Union Oct. 19.

Paper and poster presentations will take place throughout the day, starting at 9 a.m.  The keynote speaker, David Pizarro from Cornell University, will review recent studies exploring growing evidence that the emotion of disgust, which likely evolved to protect individuals from physical contamination, plays a central role in moral and political judgment. Pizaaro’s research focuses on moral judgment and moral intuitions, especially concerning moral responsibility, and the permissibility or impermissibility of certain acts. He has published articles in numerous journals, including Social Psychology and Personality Science, Emotion, Cognition, and Psychological Science.

Dr. Pizarro received his doctorate in social psychology and master’s degree in philosophy from Yale University. His research findings are discussed in a recent TedTalk (see http://www.ted.com/talks/david_pizarro_the_strange_politics_of_disgust.html). The keynote address at 3:30 p.m. in the Lecture Bowl is free and open to the public.