Sigma Xi Orange County Chapter

March Meeting

March 15th, 2019.


8:00 PM: Bias in Predicted and Remembered Emotion To decide rather to pursue or avoid outcomes – be it to avoid traveling during the holidays, changing careers, or having children – people attempt to predict how happy or unhappy these outcomes will make them. These predictions are based, in turn, on people’s memories for how they felt in similar circumstances in the past. So predicted and remembered emotion play a major role in people’s decision-making and wellbeing.

But how accurate are these representations? It is widely accepted that people have a robust and consistent tendency to overestimate the emotional impact of future and past events. Dr. Levine will present evidence that consistent overestimation is partly due to an artifact arising from common study procedures. When alternative procedures are used, overestimation is substantially reduced or reversed. Dr. Levine and her colleagues have assessed predicted, experienced, and remembered emotion in individuals with normal and extraordinary memory ability, and in response to high-stakes events such as elections, trials, and exit exams.

Their findings show that the magnitude and direction of bias depends on how people’s appraisals of events change over time and on the strategies they use to regulate emotion. They also found that predicted emotion serves as a particular and compelling guide for decisions even when inaccurate. The findings help explain when and why the representations of emotions are biased and how bias affects people’s decisions and wellbeing.

About the speaker

Linda J. Levine, Ph.D. is a Professor in the Department of Psychological Science; Director, Cognition and Emotion Laboratory; and Fellow, Center for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, UCI School of Social Ecology. She received her BA in Psychology (summa cum laude) from the University of Massachusetts in Boston, MA from Harvard, and Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Chicago. Her resume has 20 single-spaced pages of awards, invited lectures, reference and research publications, and recognitions.

Social 1/2 Hour

6:30 PM (no host bar). Come and meet the speaker and the other attendees.


7:00 PM – Reservation required. Rosemary chicken – Chicken breast with rosemary and white wine, rice pilaf, and fresh vegetable medley. Served with tossed green salad and 2 types of dressing, rolls and butter, freshly brewed regular and decaffeinated coffee, hot herbal tea, apple cobbler dessert. Vegetarian option available. Full bar service.

[Include your dinner preference (regular or vegetarian) with your check/reservation.]


Be sure to RSVP ASAP to ensure getting a seat!

Send your check (made out to Sigma Xi, Orange County Chapter), which must be received by Friday, March 15th, to

Dr. Peter Kurzhals
16944 Kawai Court.
Fountain Valley, CA 92708-2612

Paid-up members and their guests, $30; $35 for all others; $5 more if you pay at the door.

Dinner with no RSVP is $5 more and the entrée is whatever is available.
(Surprise attendees stress both the kitchen supplies and staff!)

There is no charge for attending the lecture only but

  1. you won’t be admitted to the meeting room before 7:45, and
  2. you must RSVP so we can have a chair for you!

Map and Directions

DoubleTree Club by Hilton Hotel Orange County Airport

In the parking lot, drive up to the front door. There will be no charge if you tell the valet parking attendants that you're going to the Sigma Xi meeting. Arrive early, as the parking lot sometimes fills up quickly.