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The Power of Dissenting Opinion: Why Expressing Minority Points of View Matters

Date:
May 23, 2007
Time:
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

The Sweet House
254 E. Fulton
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States

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Organized by:
Jeff Seaver
Phone: (616) 892-9300
Email: jeff@cfimichigan.org

Description:

Smith’s presentation will explore the dangers associated with failing to voice divergent opinions. Social psychological literature supports the notion that expression of minority views benefits not only the individual but small decision making groups and society. Smith says many of the benefits tend to be “hidden” from our view everyday according to new scientific research.

After the meeting, join us at Vitale’s Restaurant, 834 Leonard NE, Grand Rapids, MI to socialize. View Map

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About Christine Smith, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Psychology, Grand Valley State University

Christine Smith, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Grand Valley State University. She earned her doctorate from Loyola University of Chicago where she was trained as a group dynamicist. Her research interests include group decision-making, minority influence processes, and group creativity. Smith is the author of a number of journal articles and chapters in books on this research, and has twice been awarded research funding from the National Science Foundation. She currently serves on the editorial boards of two major journals in the area of social psychology, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology and Group Processes and Intergroup Relations. Smith regularly teaches courses in social psychology, group dynamics, and research methods in psychology.