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Rocky Mountain Regional Convention
 
2015 RMPA Convention
April 9–11, 2015 | Grove Hotel | Boise, ID

Psi Chi Distinguished Lecture

Thirty Years of Terror Management Theory: From Genesis to Revelation

Human awareness of the inevitability of death plays an important role in diverse aspects of life by fueling the human needs for meaning, self-esteem, and interpersonal connections. This talk will present our current assessment of the "state of the theory,” the still growing body of research assessing it’s propositions, and recent applications to diverse social phenomena.

Tom Pyszczynski, PhD
University of CO at CO Springs

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Tom Pyszczynski received a PhD in psychology from the University of Kansas in the 1980s. He is currently Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. With Drs. Sheldon Solomon and Jeff Greenberg, he developed Terror Management Theory, an analysis of the role that awareness of death plays in life, in the mid-1980s, and has been refining it and testing hypotheses derived from it since then. Over the years, this perspective has been applied to an extremely broad range of issues within psychology and been applied to a diverse range of social problems including prejudice, terrorism, war, environmental degradation, materialism, religion, and political conflict. A recently published book by Solomon, Greenberg, and Pyszczynski, The Worm at the Core: The Role of Death in Life, provides a broad overview of this work. He and his colleagues also coedited the Handbook of Experimental Existential Psychology, which introduced an increasingly influential subdiscipline within social psychology that combines ideas from existentialist philosophy and psychotherapy with rigorous experimental research methods to focus attention on how people come to grips with their awareness of the "givens of human existence” or "facts of life.”


 
 
Susan Becker, PhD
Colorado Mesa University
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