Upcoming Events: Psychology

Tue 4/14

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Books or Behavior: Disproportionate Discipline, Trauma and Truancy

Date: Tue, April 14, 2015
Time: 5:15 PM
Exploring the philosophy of the Lincoln Child Center

Christine Stoner-Mertz, LCSW, President and CEO, Lincoln Child Center
Macheo Payne, Ed.D., MSW, Senior Director of Equity and Educational Initiatives, Lincoln Child Center, Assistant Professor of Social Work, California State University East Bay

The intersection of trauma, poverty and race create hidden barriers to accessing quality education for youth in the Bay Area and around the country. Stoner-Mertz and Payne will discuss how early investments on a community level can help to dismantle those barriers. They’ll offer new approaches to long-standing issues, which can improve attendance, restore students’ mental health and create school communities that can thrive. Lincoln’s social impact model for reducing chronic absenteeism and their partnerships with school districts, parents and funders to achieve healthy school environments will be highlighted.

Tue 5/5

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Psychological Pseudoscience

Date: Tue, May 05, 2015
Time: 5:15 PM
With Sheldon W. Helms, Associate Professor of Psychology

Sheldon W. Helms, Associate Professor of Psychology, Ohlone College; Board of Directors Member, Bay Area Skeptics; Founder, Ohlone Psychology Club Speaker Series

As medical doctors battle homeopathy and anti-vaccine myths, anthropologists counter creationist claims, and dietitians deal with the battle against gluten and GMOs, much of the skeptical community is oddly silent on dubious claims from fringe psychology. In this talk, psychology professor Sheldon W. Helms will discuss unsupported and sometimes dangerously pseudo-scientific claims from the field of psychology, giving a brief history and explanation of each practice or theory, and demonstrating how a simple application of the scientific method reveals its flaws.

Mon 8/3

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Why Do People Reject Good Science?

Date: Mon, August 03, 2015
Time: 5:15 PM
With Dr. Eugenie Scott, Physical Anthropologist

Dr. Eugenie Scott, Physical Anthropologist; Former Executive Director, National Center for Science Education; Author, Evolution vs. Creationism; Co-editor, Not in Our Classrooms: Why Intelligent Design Is Wrong for Our Schools

Scientists are often puzzled when members of the public reject what they consider to be well-founded explanations. They can’t understand why the presentation of scientific data and theory doesn’t suffice to convince others of the validity of “controversial” topics like evolution and climate change. Recent research highlights the importance of ideology in shaping what scientific conclusions are considered reliable and acceptable. This research is quite relevant to the evolution wars and public opposition to climate change, and to other questions of the rejection of empirical evidence. Scott has received national recognition for her NCSE activities, including awards from scientific societies, educational societies, skeptics groups and humanist groups.