Harold Basowitz Lecture

Date: Friday, March 01, 2013
Time: 06:00 PM
Location: 208 Gordon Palmer
Cost: free admission 

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Dr. Richard E. Petty, professor and chair of the psychology department at Ohio State University, will be the featured speaker for the Harold Basowitz Memorial Lecture, sponsored by the Department of Psychology. The public lecture, "Why We Care About Certainty: The Role of Confidence in Decision Making and Action," will be March 1 at 6 p.m. in Room 208 of Gordon Palmer Hall on the UA campus.

Petty is professor and chair of the psychology department at Ohio State University. He received his doctorate in social psychology from Ohio State University in 1977 and began his career that same year as an assistant professor at the University of Missouri.

After a sabbatical at Yale University in 1986, he returned to Ohio State as director of the social psychology doctoral program. He served as chair of the OSU psychology department from 1998 to 2002 and resumed this role in 2008. His work focuses on examining the implications of the Elaboration Likelihood Model of persuasion for understanding prejudice, consumer choices, political and legal decisions and health behaviors.

In 2012, Petty received the Distinguished Service Contribution Award from the Society for Personality and Social Psychology and is a fellow in the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Association for Psychological Science, the Society of Experimental Social Psychology and the American Psychological Association. He has also served as a consultant or panelist for various federal agencies such as the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the National Science Foundation, and the National Cancer Institute.

Contact Info: Patti Thomas, (205) 348-1914,

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