See your friends close, and enemies closer

The Coles Science Ctr and the Social Sciences Reference Ctr at Bobst Library Present:
“See your friends close, and enemies closer”
Monday, April 8 @ 5:30pm  (please RSVP below)
Do our social identities also shape our perception of the physical world? Can cognitive and motivational aspects of our social group membership shape our perception of physical distance? Or, in other words, do diehard Yankees fans think Fenway Park is actually closer than it really is? This talk will focus on how we keep our enemies psychologically closer by changing our representation of actual distance when they pose a potential threat, be it in Major League Baseball standings, college rivalries, or in a political context.

Jenny Xiao is a PhD candidate in the Social Psychology program at New York University. She is broadly interested in studying processes related to social categorization and social identity. Her current research explores how social psychological constructs such as social identity can alter low level cognitive, perceptual, and evaluative processes.

DATE: Monday, April 8, 2013, TIME: 5:30-7:00pm, PLACE: Bobst, 2nd Fl, AFC East – Refreshments will be served. **RSVP Required** To RSVP, please go to:
For more information about Coles Science Center go to:

Posted on | This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.