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Lifelong Learning: On-Campus

Lifelong Learning at Swarthmore

What Do We Really Know about People? Understanding the Science of Social Psychology  (LLS 189) 

Taught by Andrew Ward
Meets Thursdays, 7:00-9:30 p.m.
Sept. 19 – Nov. 14, 2019 (exc. Oct. 17)
Lang Center, room 112 (Keith Room)

Why do people think, feel, and act the way they do?  In this class, we will learn how the presence of other people exerts a considerable level of influence over us as individuals. 

We will investigate this influence in various areas of behavior, including aggression, conformity, interpersonal relations, and prejudice. How can we apply these findings to other important areas affecting our lives? In the course, we will examine their relevance for business, law, medicine, and for the treatment of psychological disorders.

The professor:

Andrew Ward is Professor of Psychology at Swarthmore College, where he has taught for 22 years.  In addition to his position at Swarthmore, he is currently a visiting professor at UPenn and UCLA.  His research interests include biases in social perception, along with individuals’ efforts to control their own emotions and behaviors, particularly in the health domain.