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Office of Neuroscience Research > Neuroscience Calendar > Psychological & Brain Sciences Colloquium: Susan Gelman (University of Michigan)

Psychological & Brain Sciences Colloquium: Susan Gelman (University of Michigan)

"How 'you' makes meaning"


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When: Monday, April 23, 2018 at 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Where: Wilson 214 (Danforth Campus)

This Psychological & Brain Sciences Department Colloquium talk is the Annual Maya Zuck Lecture in Child Development.

Why do people say 'you' when they really mean 'me'?  The answer reveals how our attempts to derive meaning from life experiences are woven into the fabric of everyday language. I will report our research finding that people--both adults and young children--spontaneously shift from a self-focused ("I") to a generalized ("you") perspective when thinking about norms or reflecting on difficult personal experiences. Using generic "you" helps people 'normalize' challenging events and achieve psychological distance. In this way, a simple linguistic mechanism serves a powerful meaning-making function.

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