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Social Control: A Dialog with Juergen Liebig and Steven Neuberg
By Juergen Liebig (left) and Steven Neuberg (right)
Thursday, October 18, 2007

Abstract: This week’s Dynamical Discussion will feature a dialog between two researchers of complex social control systems in human and insect societies. Join this spirited exchange to share your research interests, discover new insights, and form dynamic collaborations with other complexity scientists.

Juergen Liebig: How are intragroup conflicts over direct fitness gains resolved in insect societies? Liebig’s work suggests the presence of a highly reliable but cost-free signaling system that regulates conflicts among different members of these societies. Although basically similar we see some variations in signals and behaviors involved across taxa.

Steven Neuberg: How do individuals manage the fitness threats inherent to highly interdependent social life? Neuberg's work suggests that the actions commonly referred to as "stigmatization" are (1) sensitive to the specific forms of threat being posed by ingroup members and (2) characterized by qualitatively distinct, functional syndromes of emotional, cognitive, and behavioral responses. Different threats elicit different forms of stigmatization.

Time and Location:
Thursday, October 18, 2007
3:30 – 5:00 pm
Center for Social Dynamics and Complexity
ISTB-1, Room 401
Contact Lyn.Mowafy@asu.edu with any questions