Psychology Kenneth L. Smoke Colloquium
The Psychology Department Kenneth L. Smoke Colloquium Series presents:
The Concerns of Others: Harnessing Socio-cognitive Influences to Support Action on Climate Change
Dr. Rainer Romero-Canyas
Senior Behavioral Social Psychologist
Environmental Defense Fund
Dr. Rainer Romero-Canyas is Lead Senior and Behavioral Scientist in Environmental Defense Fund, or EDF. His colleagues say he is the first scientist at a big environmental advocacy group hired with the mission of conducting basic and applied research on the psychological and social processes underlying engagement with environmental problems and solutions. He is an experimental social and personality psychologist by training. His research has focused on the importance of the value people place on social acceptance and belonging, of people's beliefs about the structure of social groups, and of people's social identities in predicting engagement with the demands of other individuals or collectives. His earlier work focused on people's behavior in situations where their social ties are threatened by interpersonal rejection, discrimination or social exclusion, and on cultural beliefs and their impact on engagement with complex tasks. At EDF, he works to use behavioral sciences to inform programs and initiatives and conducts research on how to communicate information about environmental protection in ways that foster environmentally-responsible behavior.
Monday, November 18, 2019 at 4:00pm to 5:30pm