Fred Kavli Keynote Addresses
Jennifer L. Eberhardt, APS President Elect
Stanford University, USA
Jennifer Eberhardt examines racial bias and its consequences, particularly the ways in which bias expresses itself outside of our conscious awareness. Through a variety of experimental setups both in the lab and in the field, Eberhardt’s work has revealed the true depths not just of racial biases in our culture but of the heavy influence of these biases on perceptions, behavior, and, ultimately, criminal-justice outcomes for people of color. Beyond elucidating the problems of bias through her research, Eberhardt actively seeks to remediate them: She has worked directly with law enforcement agencies to offer strategies aimed at reducing the influence of implicit racial biases on officers’ actions and enabling them to build trust with their communities.
This important and influential work has brought Eberhardt wide recognition and acclaim: In 2014 she received the illustrious MacArthur Fellowship – often referred to as the “Genius Grant” – and she has been named one of Foreign Policy’s 100 Leading Global Thinkers. She has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Robin I.M. Dunbar
University of Oxford, UK
Evolutionary psychologist and anthropologist Robin Dunbar studies the behavioral, cognitive, and neuroendocrinological mechanisms that underpin social bonding in primates and other mammals, humans in particular. An emeritus professor of evolutionary psychology at the University of Oxford, his widely read books include Grooming, Gossip, and the Evolution of Language (1997), The Human Story (2004), The Science of Love (2012), and Human Evolution: Our Brains and Behavior (2016). One of his best-known contributions to behavioral studies is Dunbar’s number, the theory that humans can simultaneously maintain only about 150 stable social relationships (in which an individual knows who each person is and how each person relates to every other person). The theory has been applied in realms including online gaming, software, and workplace productivity and morale. He is an elected Fellow of the British Academy, and his awards and honors also include research and scholarship at institutions in Ethiopia, Japan, South Africa, and several European nations.
Bring the Family Address
Dan P. McAdams
Northwestern University, USA
Personality researcher Dan McAdams investigates the notion of self and identity as a life story that people begin constructing in late adolescence and continue to shape through their lives. He is the Henry Wade Rogers Professor of Psychology and a professor of human development and social policy at Northwestern University. His books include The Stories We Live By: Personal Myths and the Making of the Self (1993), The Person: An Integrated Introduction to Personality Psychology (2001), The Art and Science of Personality Development (2015), Handbook of Personality Development (co-editor, 2019), and The Strange Case of Donald J. Trump: A Psychological Reckoning (2020). In 2012, he received the Jack Block Award from the Society of Personality and Social Psychology for career contributions to personality psychology. His other awards include the William James Book Award for best general-interest book in psychology (2006) and the Henry A. Murray Award in Psychology for the study of personality and human lives (1989).