“Cultural differences, implicit cognitive processes, and safety of nuclear energy” lecture

Date: Thursday, February 21, 2013
Time: 4:15 pm - 5:30 pm
Location: Hahn 101 Pomona College

A Lecture by Prof. Shinsuke Shimojo (Division of Biology/Computation & Neural Systems, California Institute of Technology)
“The dichotomy between individualism in Western vs. collectivism in east Asian cultures has long been the cardinal axis of research and debate, in comparative cultural-neuro psychology. In the first part of my talk, I will give a quick overview, as well as the latest twists and my own take of them. Directly following it, I will describe several relevant aspects of implicit cognitive processes, including findings from my own laboratory, in the second part. Limit of working memory and attention, loss and risk aversion, time discount of reward/risk in the future, prediction and postdiction, are few of the keywords. These will provide a solid basis to discuss what went wrong in the energy policy and the safety management at nuclear plants in Japan.”