Seeing Through Hearts and Minds:

Visual Perceptions of Reality

Tuesday 19 February, 2013
5 - 6pm, $0

New York University, Silver Center
100 Washington Square East, Room 101A


We assume we see the contents of our surrounding environment more or less accurately. In this lecture, Emily Balcetis, Assistant Professor of Psychology, will contest this assumption and discuss when and how visual perception of reality is biased by desires and cognitions. She will explain that in walking through the park, choosing the next President of the United States, looking longingly at one’s romantic partner, or serving on a jury, we see the world as we want to see it rather than how it really is.

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