William James Fellow Award Address
"The Joy of Theorizing"
Over the years, I’ve taken part in generating several theories of how the mind works in social life. There is a theory of what people think they’re doing (action identification), and a theory about how we remember who else knows what we might want to know (transactive memory). There is a theory about how our minds turn against us to produce unwanted thoughts (ironic process theory), and there is even a theory of how our minds create the feeling of conscious will (apparent mental causation). You might think that someone with so many theories might have a useful observation on how to build your own theory, or maybe on what makes theories good or fun. You could come to the talk and see.
23rd APS Annual Convention
Washington, D.C. -- 2011