Dr Douglas Martin

Thursday, October 27 2016 at 7:30PM

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35 Rosemount Viaduct
City Centre, Aberdeen AB25 1NE

Dr Douglas Martin

What's the talk about?

We all share knowledge of the cultural stereotypes associated with social groups (e.g., Scottish people are miserly, scientists are geeky, men like the colour blue) – but what are the origins of these stereotypes? We have examined the possibility that stereotypes form spontaneously as information is repeatedly passed from person to person, via a process of cumulative cultural evolution. I will describe some lab-based experiments that attempt to establish how stereotypes form, how they naturally evolve and how they might be manipulated.

Our speaker Dr Douglas Martin (University of Aberdeen) leads the Person Perception Lab together with Dr Sheila Cunningham at the University of Abertay. The purpose of the Person Perception Lab is to explore social cognition across the lifespan. They are interested in examining how the brain extracts, processes and applies information about people (including the self), and in exploring developmental changes in these systems.