Friday, June 03, 2011

A Conversation Between David Brooks and Walter Mischel

This comes via the Association for Psychological Science (APS) site - another video of David Brooks, but this time he is talking about what he is interested in right now in social science. He is joined by Walter Mischel (Columbia University - he is most famous for the impulse control study involving marshmallows and children), a large figure in the world of social psychology.

It's an excellent conversation - as long as Brooks is not defending neo-con stupidity in foreign policy, I tent to like him quite a bit.

There is also mention of Brooks' new book, The Social Animal. I guess I'm going to have to read this at some point - everyone seems to be enthralled with it.

News from Psychological Science: A Conversation Between David Brooks and Walter Mischel

Published June 2, 2011

David Brooks, a featured New York Times columnist and a regular on the PBS News Hour with Jim Lehrer, and social psychology legend Walter Mischel discussed what’s exciting them in psychological science and why it matters outside the academy at the APS 23rd Annual Convention in Washington, DC. In his December 7, 2010 NY Times column “Social Science Palooza” I and II, Brooks summarized examples of recent findings in the scholarly study of human behavior and concluded, “A day without social science is like a day without sunshine.”

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