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Psychology, the "science of mental life", aims to provide models and theories that apply universally. However, there is a growing worry that what we gather from studying humans in a particular place and time might not accurately reflect how humans behave in other contexts. This talk will consider how we can know whether something is a psychological universal and provide examples of best practice.



Asifa Majid is Professor of Cognitive Science at the University of Oxford and Tutorial Fellow at St Hugh’s College. Her academic journey began in Scotland, where she studied at the University of Glasgow and University of Edinburgh. After her formative years in Scotland, Majid embarked on a 17-year academic adventure in the Netherlands where she worked at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics and Radboud University before returning to the UK to join the University of York. Most recently she was the William Bentinck-Smith Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University.



This is a hybrid event.  The seminar will be held at the Seminar Room, New Radcliffe House (2nd Floor) but can also be followed on Zoom.  

You can access the Zoom link via OxTalks at Establishing psychological universals - Oxford Talks or, email us at to request the link.