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    Social-Personality Brown Bag Series

    Location:  Young 166 (unless otherwise noted)
    Monday 12:10pm to 1:30pm
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    ACADEMIC YEAR:      2014 - 2015 Print Page
    Fall 2014
    10/06/2014
    Organizational meeting 
    Agenda
    10/13/2014
    Cancelled 
    10/20/2014
    "It's not the association you have, it's what you do with it": Exploring temporal properties of stereotype activation and application 
    SPEAKER: Andrew Rivers
    10/27/2014
    Do Moral Feelings Spawn Moral Actions? Disentangling Guilt from Shame 
    SPEAKER: Andy Martinez, PhD

    Criminal conduct exacts pernicious economic, social, and psychological costs. The current project examines two malleable moral emotions that may shape such antisocial action: guilt and shame. The first set of studies appraises a model in which perspective-taking—which predicts empathic-concern and then guilt-proneness—eventuates in decreased criminal behavior. After focusing on guilt as proximal motivator of crime reduction, attention turns to the related moral emotion of shame. Analysis suggests that, unlike guilt’s more straightforward effect on diminishing crime, shame has two faces—exhibiting both destructive and constructive potentials. In some contexts, the pain of shame may increase criminal conduct (via externalization of blame) and may also, paradoxically, have a direct effect on reducing crime. Discussion centers on the complex nature of moral emotions, as well as their generative roles in moral action.
    11/03/2014
    Cancelled for Jeniffer Tackett Talk on Nov. 6th 

    11/06/2014
    Thursday, Young Hall 194
    Child Personality: Measurement and Utility 
    SPEAKER: Jennifer Tackett, PhD
    University of Houston

    Our research lab concentrates on two interrelated lines of work: 1) conceptualization and measurement of personality in childhood and 2) application and utility of child personality for developmental psychopathology. In this presentation, I will highlight studies reflecting both of these research lines. First, I will describe our recent efforts at developing a novel method for assessment of child personality by using “thin slice” ratings across multiple laboratory situational tasks. These findings suggest that thin slice perceptions offer a valid, reliable, and resource-efficient approach to measuring personality in early life. Second, I will describe a recent line of work examining personality as a context for elucidating hormone-behavior associations in youth. Hormones (testosterone, cortisol) have been proposed as biological markers of externalizing psychopathology and normal-range social dominance. However, these effects have often failed to replicate. I will present evidence that individual differences in youth personality moderate hormone-behavior associations and, thus, elucidate hormonal underpinnings of externalizing psychopathology in more generalizable mixed gender, community samples of adolescents.
    11/10/2014
    To be is to vary: The influence of social roles and affect on daily fluctuations in personality 
    SPEAKER: Robert E. Wilson

    Although we have general ways of thinking, feeling, and behaving, we fluctuate quite a bit around these stable tendencies. In this talk, I will examine the affective and social processes underlying daily personality fluctuations. Results from two experience sampling studies (N = 208, 2,301 surveys; N =434, 11,591 surveys) indicate that mood and social roles account for a large amount of the within-person variance. In addition, affective and social triggers appear to influence people differentially. This indicates that to really know someone, you need to know more than just how they typically think, feel, and behave on average (a common definition of traits). You need to know how their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors change depending on their role and mood.
    11/17/2014
     
    SPEAKER: Quantitative Area Job Talk
    11/24/2014
     
    SPEAKER: Quantitative Area Job Talk
    12/01/2014
     
    SPEAKER: Quantitative Area Job Talk
    12/08/2014
     
    SPEAKER: Tiffany Ito, PhD
    University of Colorado, Boulder
    2015
    1/05/2015
     
    SPEAKER: Shannon Callahan
    1/12/2015
     
    SPEAKER: Eliza Bliss-Moreau
    1/19/2015
    Cancelled: Martin Luther King, Jr Day 
    1/26/2015
     
    SPEAKER: Mark Kurai
    2/02/2015
     
    SPEAKER: Cancelled
    2/09/2015
     
    SPEAKER: Jenny Roth, PhD
    2/16/2015
    Cancelled: President's Day 
    2/23/2015
     
    SPEAKER: Brent Hughes, PhD Stanford University
    3/02/2015
     
    SPEAKER: Jehan Sparks
    3/09/2015
     
    SPEAKER: Katherine Sorensen
    3/16/2015
     
    SPEAKER: Amber Sanchez
    3/30/2015
     
    SPEAKER: Kristin Laurin, PhD
    Stanford University
    4/06/2015
     
    SPEAKER: Olivia Atherton
    4/13/2015
     
    SPEAKER: Lisa Huang
    4/20/2015
     
    SPEAKER: Andre Wang
    4/27/2015
     
    SPEAKER: Heather Rees
    5/04/2015
     
    SPEAKER: Gent Silberkleit
    5/11/2015
     
    SPEAKER: TBD
    5/18/2015
     
    SPEAKER: Helen Ku
    5/25/2015
     
    SPEAKER: Cancelled: Memorial Day
    6/01/2015
     
    SPEAKER: TBD
    6/08/2015
     
    SPEAKER: TBD