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Stauffer Colloquium Series: “Culture in Personal Remembering”

The Division of Behavioral & Organizational Science’s next Stauffer Colloquium for Cognitive Psychology will be a presentation by Qi Wang, PhD from Cornell University entitled “Culture in Personal Remembering”. Join us either in person or online on Thursday, October 7 at 11:00 am PT. Professor Wang’s one-hour talk will be followed by a brief Q&A session.

The lecture is free and open to the public; registration is required.

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Synopsis from Speaker:
“People from different cultures often tell diverse stories about their past experiences. Research in the past two decades has revealed systematic differences in the content, structure, accessibility, and developmental origin of autobiographical memory across cultures. I present a cultural dynamic theory of autobiographical memory to account for the differences. The theory posits that autobiographical remembering takes place in the dynamic transaction between an active individual and his changing environment; is situated in culturally conditioned time and space over a multitude of timescales; and develops in the process of children acquiring cultural knowledge about the self and the purpose of the past through early socialization.”

Speaker Bio:
Dr. Qi Wang is Professor of Human Development and Psychology at Cornell University. She holds a BSc in Psychology from Peking University, China, and a PhD in Psychology from Harvard University. She directs the Culture & Cognition Lab. Her research examines the mechanisms underlying the development of a variety of cognitive and social-cognitive skills in the context of culture, focusing particularly on autobiographical memory. Wang has received many honors and awards. Her research has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, and National Natural Science Foundation of China. Wang frequently publishes in scientific journals and in volumes of collected works. Her single-authored book The Autobiographical Self in Time and Culture (Oxford University Press, August 2013) is regarded as a definitive work on culture and autobiographical memory. Wang is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition.