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Saturday, January 28 • 16:00 - 16:25
Monkey See, Monkey Don't - Using Social Influence to go Against the Norm FULL

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It's not easy going against the crowd. Humans, by nature, are social creatures; the more we go against the group, the higher chance we have of being ostracized. It's easier, safer, and more comfortable to just go along with what everyone else is doing/saying. What happens, then, when the group starts doing or believing something that you're positive is wrong? Do you push yourself to do what's right, or what's easy? In this session, we're going to explore this topic and why it can be so important to take a stand in spite of the social risks involved. Looking at social influence practices, I hope to engage in conversation and discussion that can show how some people are able to convince an entire group of well-educated individuals that a lime is a vegetable, and how you can use these practices to push back, harness your courage, and stand up for what's right.

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Chris Avelar

Team Lead, Involvement, University of Alberta Students' Union
Chris Avelar graduated from the University of Alberta in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Shortly after, he began working for the Students' Union in different capacities - first with the Peer Support Centre, then Leadership & Recognition, and now as the current Team Lead... Read More →

Saturday January 28, 2017 16:00 - 16:25
CCIS L2-200 Centennial Centre for Interdiciplanary Science, U of A North Campus