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Ostracism, silent treatment, rejection and social psychology

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Kipling Williams, professor of psychological sciences, can talk about ostracism and how receiving the cold shoulder or silent treatment can affect people. He has studied ostracism for more than 20 years, focusing on how to measure the impact of rejection, its connection to physical pain, and aggressive behavior. Williams also can talk about how ostracism is a silent form of bullying because it is easier to disguise. Williams is one of the experts featured in the documentary “Reject.” 

Williams also can discuss:

  • His creation of Cyberball, which is used to create and examine the effects of social rejection and ostracism.
  • How pain related to ostracism can be deep and long-lasting.
  • Coping with ostracism.
  • Social psychology.
  • Courtroom persuasion tactics, including ‘stealing thunder’ and biasing effects of judges' instructions to jury members and eyewitness accuracy. 

Contact: Kipling Williams, 765-494-0845,  

Purdue University, 610 Purdue Mall, West Lafayette, IN 47907, (765) 494-4600

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