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Feb Sci Cafe - Dr. Deborah Finkel & "Twin Studies - People are Strange"

Join us for February Science Cafe featuring Dr. Deborah Finkel and her talk on twin studies, "People are Strange'.

We will be UPSTAIRS on the second floor in Loft 123. Arrive any time after 6:30. If you intend to eat, please arrive and place your order by 7:10. Eat and chat between 7:00 and 8:00. The presentation will begin at 8:00.

You are welcome to come just for the presentation, but if you intend to eat, please order by 7:10. After the presentation we will draw names for door prizes. As always, we will pass the collection box at the end of the meeting to collect $2 per person to cover expenses.

Patrick O'Shea's is downtown on Main St., on historic Whiskey Row, between 1st and 2nd. It is a block from the Yum! Center, and three doors down from Bearno's by the Bridge.

There is $5 parking in a lot on the corner of 2nd and Main, and at the Marriott garage. Your best bet may be street parking, which is free after 6pm.

The Presentation

Dr. Finkel will discuss her work on twin studies. She says, "Most of us wonder 'why are people like that?' Especially, we wonder 'why is my coworker so strange and annoying?' I got into psychology because I wanted to understand why people are the way they are. I got into the field of behavior genetics because I am interested in how people are different from average. Average is boring to me, I want to know why people are particularly high or low (strong or weak) on various psychological traits. Twin studies allow us to figure out how much of the differences among people are due to heredity and how much to environmental factors."

The Speaker

Deborah Finkel grew up near Atlanta, Georgia. She received her undergraduate degrees in psychology and math at Centre College and completed her Ph.D. in psychology at the University of Minnesota. She has been a member of the psychology faculty in the School of Social Sciences at IUS since 1992. During her time at IU Southeast, Dr. Finkel has served as Director of International Programs and Dean for Research. Currently she is also Director of the Masters in Liberal Studies Program. In the last 20 years, she has worked with twin studies and psychological researchers in California, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Ohio, Kentucky, Virginia, Sweden, Norway, and Denmark.

See you there!


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  • Rob

    What a fascinating topic! Dr. Finkel did a great job of taking some complicated ideas and distilling them down so a lay crowd of science enthusiasts could understand it. My favorite part was when she showed us data that she had analyzed earlier in the week. It was so new, she didn't know why the data showed that specific difference (between men and women), and needed to do more research!

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