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Western Regional Convention
2014 WPA Convention
April 24–27, 2014 | Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront | Portland, OR

Psi Chi Distinguished Lecture

Diverse Brains

Humans differ. Most read with their eyes, but some read with their fingertips. The majority communicates by speaking and listening, but a minority communicates by signing. Humans are diverse, and so are our brains. When should neuroscientists accentuate these differences—and when shouldn’t they? Why should individuals, themselves, accept their brain differences? And how can we, as a society, accommodate those brain differences?

Morton Ann Gernsbacher, PhD Univ of Wisconsin–Madison

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Morton Ann Gernsbacher is a Vilas Research Professor and the Sir Frederic C. Bartlett Professor of Psychology. She is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Society for Experimental Psychologists, the American Psychological Association (Divisions 1, 3, and 6), the American Psychological Society, and the American Educational Research Association. Dr. Gernsbacher has received a Research Career Development Award and a Senior Research Fellowship from the National Institutes of Health, a Fulbright Research Scholar Award, a Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Texas at Dallas, a James McKeen Cattell Foundation Fellowship, the George A. Miller Award, a Professional Opportunities for Women Award from the National Science Foundation, a Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award from the Society for Text and Discourse, and the Ernest R. Hilgard Lifetime Achievement Award. In 1982, she received the Psi Chi/APA Edwin B. Newman Graduate Research Award. She has served as president of the Association for Psychological Science, the Society for Text and Discourse, the Division of Experimental Psychology of APA, and the Foundation for the Advancement for Behavioral and Brain Sciences. She currently serves on the Advisory Committee of the Social, Behavioral, & Economic Sciences Directorate of the National Science Foundation.


Jon Grahe, PhD
Pacific Lutheran University
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