Professor Tim Kasser - Wednesday 26 October 2011 at 3.00pm
"The High Price of Materialism"
One of the primary features of contemporary society is that it encourages people to strive for materialistic values such as wealth, possessions, image, and status. Despite the promises of these consumer messages, a growing body of scientific research shows that prioritizing such aims in life is associated with lower personal well being, less pro-social behavior, and more ecologically damaging lifestyles.
Psychologist Tim Kasser will discuss how to use psychological knowledge and theory to support personal lifestyle changes. Kasser also will examine public policy interventions that have been shown to hold promise for counteracting the costs of materialistic values.
Professor Tim Kasser chairs the Psychology Department at Knox College in Illinois, USA. He is the author of more than 80 research articles and chapters, as well as three books, including "The High Price of Materialism."