Online antics examined in next Adams State free faculty lecture

(09-07-2011)

Congressmen who post shirtless (and sometimes pantsless) pictures of themselves online; professors that give out their account usernames and passwords over email; and CEOs posting company secrets to Facebook. Does getting online make your IQ drop or is there something more going on? The Adams State College Faculty Lecture Series "Why Smart People Do Stupid Things Online", by Dr. Brent King, associate professor of psychology, will address this issue. The event begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, in Porter Hall (the science building) room 130.

This talk will examine why otherwise competent people make incredibly poor choices when communicating online. Such topics as technological proficiency, fallacies of control, and impulse regulation in public interactions will be discussed. Additionally, we will cover some of the general psychological theory that applies to social interactions and decision making in online environments.

All talks are free and the public is invited. Complimentary light refreshments will be offered. For further information on the series of lectures, contact Dr. Robert Astalos, associate professor of physics, at 719-587-7821, or by email: rjastalos@adams.edu.