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Experimental Psychologist will speak at Boise State

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Steven Pinker, a professor at Harvard University and experimental psychologist who researches language and cognition will speak on campus as part of The Honors College’s Distinguished Lecture Series.

Pinker was recently named by Time Magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the
world today.

He is also a Johnstone Family Professor in Harvard’s Department of Psychology and his research has won him
numerous awards, including awards from the Royal Institution of Great Britain, the American Psychological Association and the National Academy of

“Expect a very accomplished psychologist (and) linguist who’s studied everything from language formation to (what) his talk will be on, The Better Angels Of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined,” said Dr. Andrew Finstuen, Honors College director. “He’s going to be discussing the thesis of his book, why violence has declined, what’s his evidence for that and from what I understand he’s a very good speaker.”

Pinker’s research has included biblomics, indirect speech and neuroimaging and intracranial recording of language processes.

He is one of the leading writers on language, the mind and human nature. Amongst Pinker’s publications are “How the Mind Works,” “The Blank Slate,” “The Language Instinct” and recently “The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined.”

Aside from books, he also writes publications for the Time, The New Republic and The New York Times. Pinker’s free lecture will take place on Oct. 4, at 7 p.m. at the
Morrison Center.