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Science, Society and the Arts to Feature Dr. Brian Nosek as Keynote Speaker

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The keynote speaker for Science, Society and the Arts (SSA), to be held on Friday, Feb. 27, is Dr. Brian Nosek, associate professor of psychology at the University of Virginia. Nosek's luncheon talk will be held at 12 p.m. in Evans Hall. The title of the talk is "Mind Bugs: The Ordinary Origins of Bias."

Those planning on attending the luncheon talk by Dr. Nosek should RSVP. There is a luncheon reservation link on the SSA Web site (

Nosek is co-founder and director of Project Implicit, a virtual laboratory for research and education in the social and behavioral sciences, especially for research in implicit social cognition. His research suggests that people are more biased than they think they are.

In his SSA talk, Nosek will discuss conscious experience providing an immediate, compelling and incomplete account of mental life. "Much of perception, thinking and action," he said, "is shaped by mental activity that occurs outside of conscious awareness or conscious control. Because of that, judgment and action can be unintentionally influenced by factors that are not recognized or valued."

Nosek has published more than 40 scholarly articles and 15 other publications. He has received a grant from the National Institutes of Health for "A Virtual Laboratory in the Social and Behavioral Sciences" that serves as the primary funding for the academic research of Project Implicit ( He also has received 16 other grants, contracts or gifts.

Nosek's research has been featured in most major media outlets and has even infiltrated pop-culture. For example, the Project Implicit Web site was featured in an episode of "King of the Hill," and Nosek received a Wag of the Finger from Stephen Colbert for his research.

Nosek received his B.S. from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and his Ph.D. from Yale.

Science, Society, and the Arts is a multi-disciplinary conference involving both undergraduates and law students in the presentation of their academic achievements before an audience of their peers and the faculty. Conference participants may make oral presentations of research papers on traditional academic-conference-style panels, deliver research results in poster sessions or present creative work. Students may also choose to participate in colloquia organized around common readings proposed by interested students and faculty.

Undergraduate classes are suspended on the day of SSA.