Are we there yet? Going back to college, one lecture at a time

Psychology Associate Professor Alison Ledgerwood and the ISS conference series Leading Research in the Social Sciences Today was featured in this column in the Davis Enterprise.

Many adults say they’d love to go back to school to learn what they’re really interested in now that they have more wisdom, more life-experience.

On Friday, April 24, I attended a session of the first major conference by the new Institute for Social Sciences. The “headliners” had some enticing topics, which left me wistfully saying, “I wish I could go back to college.” Sociology, and particularly social psychology, is my jam!

Alison Ledgerwood, a great presenter, calls herself a “professional people watcher.” As an impetus of her recent research — which was done with UCD colleague and assistant professor of political science Amber Boydstun — she told a personal story of how our minds get stuck on the negative.

Read more in the Davis Enterprise.