April, 2021

202115Apr14:1015:10The Extremist "Mind": Cognitive Style, Logical Errors and Two Ideological Illustrations14:10 - 15:10

Event Details

A lecture exclusively offered to ACG students, faculty and staff

by Prof. David Nussbaum Ph. D., C. Psych., ISGAP Senior Research Fellow (retired)

Organized by
Department of History, Philosophy and the Ancient World, Deree-ACG
in collaboration with
ISGAP – Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism and Policy

When: Thursday, April 15, 2021 | 14:10-15:10

Where: You may join the event online (MS Teams) here



14:10-14:15 | Welcome remarks
Dr. Christoph Gassenschmidt, Associate Professor, Department of History, Philosophy and the Ancient World, Deree – The American College of Greece

14:15-14:45 | The Extremist “Mind”: Cognitive Style, Logical Errors and Two Ideological Illustrations
Prof. David Nussbaum, Ph. D., C. Psych., ISGAP Senior Research Fellow (retired)

14:45 | Q&A and Closing


Bio of the Speaker

Prof. David Nussbaum, Ph. D., C. Psych.
ISGAP Senior Research Fellow (retired)

Prof. Nussbaum was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) between 2005 and 2013. Prior to his position at UTSC, he was an Adjunct Professor at York University from 1984 to 2004. More recently from 2011 through 2020, Prof. Nussbaum held a series of renewed Guest (Visiting) Professorships at the China University of Political Science and Law, Beijing, China. Originally setting out to be a clinical psychologist, he instead followed a radically different approach to understanding behaviour that was afforded by a third-year undergraduate course entitled “Molecular Psychobiology”. Following graduate school, he retrained as a clinician and worked within forensic settings doing both clinical work and research.  Prof. Nussbaum was continuously struck by the absence of behavioural neuroscience in the forensic area and conducted both his clinical practice and empirical research within a behavioural neuroscience framework. An elected Fellow of both the Canadian (CPA) and American Psychological Associations, he was awarded Professor of the Year (Psychology) at UTSC in 2011. He served as Chair of the CPA Sections on Criminal Justice (7 years), Psychopharmacology (23 years), and Extremism and Terrorism (6 years.) Prof. Nussbaum has also served as a Psychology Member of the Ontario Review Board since 1997. He has lectured internationally including Belgium, China, Finland, Germany, Japan, Israel, Kenya, Sweden, and the United States.  His research interests span Behavioural Neuroscience, Epistemology of Psychology, Violent Risk Prediction and Extremism & Terrorism.  He has published 45 peer reviewed papers, and delivered over 125 peer reviewed talks at professional and scientific meetings and conferences.

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