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The Science of Identity

Jay Van Bavel and Dominic Packer In Conversation With Hannah MacInnes

58 mins watch time

Posted September 2021


If you’re like most people, you probably believe that your identity is stable. But in fact, your identity is constantly changing – often outside your conscious awareness and sometimes even against your wishes – to reflect the interests of the groups of which you’re a part. Social psychologists Dominic Packer and Jay Van Bavel integrate their own cutting-edge research in psychology, neuroscience and economics to explain what identity really is and show how to harness its dynamic nature to improve our own lives, combat discrimination and bridge social and political divides.