[PAST EVENT] Tack Faculty Lecture - The Illusion of Control
LocationISC3 (Integrated Science Center), Theatre 1221
540 Landrum Dr
Williamsburg, VA 23185Map this location
*Free and open to the public
* Due to an increase in interest and response from those planning to attend, the lecture has reached capacity. We ask that you please plan to arrive early as we are expecting a full house. Doors to the theatre will open to the public at 6:30 p.m. In the event that the theatre does reach full capacity, there will be an overflow location.
* Reception to follow
We are all psychologists. Based on our life experiences, we all develop personal, intuitive theories about how our minds function. However, a wealth of psychological research suggests that many of these strongly held intuitions are incorrect. Peter Vishton, associate professor of psychology, says most of our decisions occur before our conscious thought processes are engaged.
In most situations, we only become consciously aware of deciding to act after we have already begun the process of implementing the action. Our conscious explanations for why we have performed some action are often unrelated to what really caused it – our unconscious mind. The belief that our conscious thoughts and decisions precede and control all – or even most – of our behaviors is an illusion.
Vishton’s lecture will explore the evidence for these claims and consider their implications. Knowing what our brain does (and does not do) can enable us to consciously outsmart our unconscious. He will also consider research that suggests that it’s the body itself that controls the mind. Investigating the illusion of control can lead to an overall better understanding of our community and ourselves.