Mind & Life

Lasana Harris - Flexible Social Cognition

May 20, 2022

LasanaHarris_sq.jpgIn this episode, Wendy speaks with social neuroscientist Lasana Harris about his work on flexible social cognition—the variable ways that we perceive others. This conversation covers many topics, including:

  • his accidental entry into psychology;
  • what flexible social cognition is;
  • schemas and predictions about others' minds;
  • dehumanization and why we do it;
  • the role of propaganda and implications for the war in Ukraine;
  • how these processes scale up from individuals to societies;
  • bias and prejudice, and the key roles of threat and safety;
  • the inseparability of cognition and emotion;
  • how contemplative practice might help reduce dehumanization;
  • information overload and echo chambers, and what to do about them;
  • and looking at the concept of self to change social bias.

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