UBC Distinguished Speaker Series: Lera Boroditsky

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Language and the Way We Think with LERA BORODITSKY

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Celebrated cognitive scientist Lera Boroditsky teaches us that language, like intelligence, is a living thing that we can hone and change to suit our needs. With over 7,000 languages around the globe, she notes that each is a universe unto itself, affecting how we understand the world as well as each other.

Does the language we speak shape how we think? Does learning different languages allow us to develop our brains in other ways? On January 29, join this mind-bending journey and consider how these ideas apply to your own life and your experience of being human.

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Lera Boroditsky is an associate professor of cognitive science at the University of California, San Diego. She previously served on the faculty at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and at Stanford and is the Editor in Chief of Frontiers in Cultural Psychology.

Boroditsky’s research is on the relationships between the mind, world, and language (or how humans get so smart). Her work has been covered in the popular press and she is a sought-after keynote speaker – her 2018 Ted Talk was one of the most popular talks with nearly 8 million views.

She is also a Searle Scholar, a McDonnell scholar, recipient of a National Science Foundation Career award, and an American Psychological Association Distinguished Scientist lecturer. Boroditsky went to graduate school at Stanford University, where she obtained her PhD in cognitive psychology.

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