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Psychology Colloquium with Susan Gelman, PhD
WhenWednesday, Mar 14, 2018, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
WhereCenter for Child and Family Well-Being
3903 Brooklyn Ave NE, Seattle
Campus room151
Event typesLectures/Seminars
Event sponsorsDepartment of Psychology……

Susan Gelman, PhD
Heinz Werner Distinguished University Professor of Psychology and Linguistics, University of Michigan

How 'You' Makes Meaning
Why do people say 'you' when they really mean 'me'? The answer reveals how our attempts to derive meaning from life experiences are woven into the fabric of everyday language. Dr. Gelman will report our research finding that people-both adults and young children-spontaneously shift from a self-focused ("I") to a generalized ("you") perspective when thinking about norms or reflecting on difficult personal experiences. Using generic "you" helps people 'normalize' challenging events and achieve psychological distance. In this way, a simple linguistic mechanism serves a powerful meaning-making function.

This lecture is made possible by a generous Endowment by Professor Allen L. Edwards.

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