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Social psychologist David G. Myers to give presentation at Messiah College


David G. Myers
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GRANTHAM, Pa. (Jan. 24, 2005) — Social Psychologist and author David G. Myers will explore “The New Scientific Pursuit of Happiness” in a presentation on Feb. 14 at 7:30 p.m. in Hostetter Chapel on the Messiah College campus in Grantham. Sponsored by the college’s psychology department, the Myers presentation is free and open to the public. For more information, please call John Addleman, chair of the psychology department, at (717) 766-2511, ext. 2980.

In his presentation, Myers will explore research addressing the following questions: Who is happy? Does happiness favor those of a particular age or sex? Does wealth enhance well-being? Is happiness dependent on certain personality traits? Does having close friends or a spouse increase one’s level of happiness? Does having religious faith make a difference? This topic is covered more extensively in his 1993 book, “The Pursuit of Happiness: Who is Happy and Why?”

A communicator of psychological science to college students and the general public, Myers began working at Hope College in Holland, Mich., in 1967 where he was also named the John Dirk Werkman Professor of Psychology in 1982. His scientific writings, supported by National Science Foundation grants and fellowships and recognized by the Gordon Allport Prize, have appeared in 24 periodicals, including Science, the American Scientist, the American Psychologist, and Psychological Science. Myers has explained psychological research for the public through articles in more than 36 magazines and 15 books.

Messiah College, a private Christian college of the liberal and applied arts and sciences, enrolls more than 2,900 undergraduate students in 50 majors. Established in 1909, the primary campus is located in Grantham, Pa., near the state capital of Harrisburg. A satellite campus affiliated with Temple University is located in Philadelphia.

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