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Miller to present Jones Lectures, Oct. 13-14

Stanford University professor Dale Miller will present two talks for the Department of Psychology's annual Edward E. Jones lecture series Thursday and Friday, Oct. 13-14.

He will speak on "The Norm of Self Interest" at 8 p.m. Thursday in 101 Friend Center. At 4 p.m. Friday, he will discuss "Misperceiving Group Consensus" in 0-S-6 Green Hall.

Miller, the Morgridge Professor of Organizational Behavior and professor of psychology at Stanford, studies the impact of social norms on behavior and the role that justice considerations play in individual and organizational decisions. He has proposed that much behavior that appears self-interested reflects a cultural norm dictating that people should act in accordance with their self-interest, rather than a biological imperative to do so.

His recent work focuses on the motivations underlying volunteerism and the conditions under which individuals and organizations abandon one course of action to pursue another. Miller taught at Princeton from 1986 to 2002.

The lecture series was inaugurated in 2000 in honor of Edward "Ned" Jones, a prominent figure in social psychology, who taught at Princeton from 1978 until his death in 1993.

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