What is Cognitive Science

Goal-promoting perception: How biases in attention and perception aid goal pursuit

Dr. Shana Cole

Thursday, December 01, 2016, 12:00pm - 01:00pm

Rutgers University, Department of Psychology

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Identifying factors that contribute to the successful self-regulation of goal pursuit has been of utmost importance to researchers for decades, given that failures of self-regulation are linked to societal problems as diverse and deleterious as violent crime, drug abuse, divorce, and obesity. What processes contribute to successful self-regulation? In several lines of work, I test the role of perceptual and attentional biases in overcoming various challenges of self-regulation, including the management of self-control conflicts and persistence during challenging tasks. Across the studies, I suggest people who are able to successfully achieve goals not only think about the world in goal-promoting ways, but perceive and attend to it in goal-promoting ways as well.

Dr. Shana Cole


"What is Cognitive Science?"

This lunchtime talks series is designed to introduce the University community to issues in Cognitive Science. Cognitive Science is one the the few fields where modern developments in computer science and artificial intelligence promise to shed light on classical problems in psychology and the philosophy of the mind. Ancient questions of how we see the world, understand language, and reason, and questions such as 'how a material system can know about the outside world', are being explored with the powerful new conceptual prosthetics of computer modeling.

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