Pressing Questions in the Study of Psychological and Behavioral Diversity



Extreme biased sampling of research participants and the neglect of their cultural context are increasingly recognized as threats to the generalizability of much of what we know about human thought and behavior.

This interdisciplinary colloquium will tackle the issues along two converging avenues:
The first explores barriers that discourage researchers from harnessing the full breadth of human diversity for understanding thought and behavior, along with the problematic consequences of over-reliance on “WEIRD” (Western, Educated, Industrialized, Rich, Democratic) samples as the default in theory, method and practice.

The second showcases innovations and insights that have arisen from efforts to answer pressing theoretical, methodological and ethical questions that inevitably arise as researchers in the social and behavioral sciences work with “VITAL” (Variable In Traditions And Lifeways) populations.

Colloquium - from Latin colloqui 'to converse', from col- 'together' + loqui 'to talk'. A colloquium is a series of scientific lectures, which presents themes in a balanced program designed by the organizers to encourage deeper, more reflective, and more interdisciplinary thinking and discussion. Registrants are discouraged from attending only specific talks but instead to participate fully and contribute to the discussions following the talks which can be as valuable as the lectures themselves.


  • When

  • Thursday, September 7, 2017 - Saturday, September 9, 2017
    5:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    Pacific Time

  • Where

  • Beckman Center
    100 Academy
    Irvine, California 92617

Registration Fee

Registration fee is $180 and includes all meals on the agenda and transportation between hotel and conference center.

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