How do we really hear others—listen to, absorb, and consider the thoughts of the person in front of us? Our ideologies and moral values shape our identity and behavior, and they also possess the power to unite or drive us apart. In this fractured world, we could all benefit from listening with a sense of openness and empathy to the beliefs and narratives of those with opposing views, without compromising our own core values. Jesse Graham will help us explore the art of listening in these ideologically diverse and divisive times.
Jesse Graham is Associate Professor of Psychology and the Director of the USC Values, Ideology, and Morality Lab (VIMLab). Prior to completing his PhD in psychology at the University of Virginia, Professor Graham embarked on a polymathic path at the Harvard Divinity School, earning a Master’s in Theology. Through his research at the VIMLab, Professor Graham has completed numerous studies that have appeared in a multitude of publications. His goal is to understand how ideology and morality interact to influence human thought and behavior. He is particularly interested in how ideological and moral values shape behavior outside of conscious awareness, and in how these effects vary across individuals and cultures. He uses a variety of methodological approaches to study the ways ideology moderates both the content of moral concerns and the processes of moral judgment and decision-making. He was recently named the USC GE Teacher of the Year.