Distinguished Speaker Series:

Peter Hancock

Peter Hancock, Ph.D.
Pegasus Professor, Provost Distinguished Research Professor and Trustee Chair, Department of Psychology

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.
Tuscawilla Country Club
1500 Winter Springs Blvd.,
Winter Springs, FL 32708

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Abstract: Deceiving the eye can be fun; it is the basis of much of what we consider ‘magical’ entertainment. These deceptions require a complex understanding of human sensory, perceptual and attentional capabilities. However, there is another more fascinating side to deception. This involves deceiving the mind.

In this presentation I will discuss these various psychological processes and how we can see them at play. But beyond even these fascinating stories lies the rather darker question of how and when we deceive ourselves. Do we deceive our own decision-making and what happens when we do? This is an appeal to undeceive ourselves. I hope that you will enjoy trying to do that.

Biography: Peter A. Hancock, D.Sc., Ph.D. is Provost Distinguished Research Professor in the Department of Psychology,  the Institute for Simulation and Training and the College of Engineering and Computer Science.

In 2009 he was also named Pegasus Professor and in 2012 was named sixth ever University Trustee Chair. He directs the MIT2 Research Laboratories and Associate Director of the Center for Applied Human Factors in Aviation (CAHFA). Prior to his current position he founded and was the Director of the Human Factors Research Laboratory (HFRL) at the University of Minnesota where he held appointments as Professor in the Departments of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Psychology and Kinesiology as well as at the Cognitive Science Center and the Center on Aging Research. He continues to hold an appointment as a Clinical Adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychology at Minnesota. He is also an affiliated Scientist of the Humans and Automation Laboratory at MIT, a Research Associate of the University of Michigan Transport Research Institute, and a Senior Research Associate at the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition in Pensacola, Florida.