Country Divided: Reality vs Perception of Where We Are and Where We Might Go, Live Discussion with Dr. Jay Van Bavel

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Moral outrage online. Conspiracy theories. Fake News. Covid alternative realities. Virtue signaling? What does it feel like the world is moving farther from the truth?

The only thing we seem to be able to agree on as a nation is that we’re divided. But what is reality vs our perception? How do behaviors change? Are there really opposing realities? And, if so, how can we come back together? What can we do now to make the holidays tolerable? How will we mend these partisan wounds? Join us for a fascinating and insightful Q&A with Jay Van Bavel, PhD.

Part of The Mother Company’s series on Parenting in a Pandemic.


Dr. Jay Van Bavel is an Associate Professor of Psychology and Neural Science with an affiliation at the Stern School of Business in Management and Organizations at New York University. Prior to coming to NYU, Jay completed his PhD at the University of Toronto. He is currently a Senior Scientist at the NeuroLeadership Institute and former Editor-in-Chief of the NeuroLeadership Journal.

Jay’s is the Director of the NYU Social Identity & Morality Lab and has won several awards for his research on how collective concerns shape the brain and behavior. From neurons to social networks, he has published over 100 academic papers on the psychology and neuroscience of implicit bias, diversity and inclusion, group identity, team performance, cooperation, decision-making, and public health.

Jay has written about his research for the public in the BBCHarvard Business Review, New York TimesWall Street Journal, and Scientific American. He has appeared on Through the Wormhole (with Morgan Freeman), Why We Hate (by Stephen Spielberg), CBC News, and NBC News, been interviewed on NPR, WNYC, and Bloomberg News, and his research has been profiled in international media and been cited in the US Supreme Court and Senate.

Jay recently received the Golden Dozen Teaching Award at NYU and has given over 100 invited talks and keynotes at many of the top Psychology Departments and Business Schools (eg Stanford, Harvard, Oxford), international conferences (eg TEDx, WHO, World Science Festival), and numerous organizations (eg several Fortune 500 companies). He is currently writing a book on the power of social identity.


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