Phil/Psych 447, Phil 673, 2010
Seminar in Cognitive Science: Mind and Society
Week 5: Politics
Week 5a: Motivated inference
- What is motivated reasoning and how does it distort human thinking?
- How does motivated reasoning influence political thinking? What are some Canadian examples?
- How do brain experiments like Westen's support the view that thinking is emotional?
- What are the positive and negative effects of emotion on cognition?
- How does motivated inference influence the thinking and behavior of groups?
- How does countermotivated inference (believing what we fear) influence political thinking?
- What is the relation between individual rationality and collective rationality?
- What can be done to overcome irrationality arising from individual and group motivated inference?
Ziva Kunda on motivated reasoning
Week 5b: International relations
- How is psychology relevant to understanding international relations?
- Is neuroscience also relevant? Think of neuroeconomics.
- What is the difference between realist and constructivist approaches to international relations?
- How does the behavior of countries depend on the behavior of individuals?
- What can cognitive science say about the role of power and ideology in international relations?
- What kinds of group irrationality arise in international relations?
- Can cognitive science provide any guidance about increasing rationality in international relations?
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