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May 10, 2011

Oregon Law hosts ‘The High Price of Materialism’ May 31

Renowned psychologist Tim Kasser to discuss counteracting costs of materialistic values

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 during a presentation at noon Tuesday, May 31, in room 110 of the Knight Law Center, 1515 Agate St. in Eugene. Kasser also will examine public policy interventions that have been shown to hold promise for counteracting the costs of materialistic values.

Kasser chairs the Psychology Department at Knox College in Illinois. He is the author of more than 70 research articles and chapters, as well as three books, including “The High Price of Materialism.”

This presentation is co-sponsored by the University of Oregon Departments of Psychology, Sociology, the Environmental Studies Program, the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Program, the Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics and PolicyInteractive Research.

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