UC Berkeley Institute of Personality and Social Research

Colloquia

  • Wed, Mar 7, 2018, 12:10 pm to 1:15 pm

    5101 Tolman Hall

    Excess Baggage: How Physicians' and Patients’ Race-Related Beliefs and Attitudes Affect Racially Discordant Clinical Interactions

    Presenter: Louis A. Penner, Professor, Wayne State University

    There are pervasive and persistent disparities in the health of Nonhispanic White Americans and most racial ethnic/minorities; the greatest of these are between Black and White Americans.  There are multiple, complex reasons for this but disparities in the quality of healthcare received by Black and by White patients is one well-documented cause.  One important aspect of healthcare …

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  • Wed, Mar 14, 2018, 12:10 pm to 1:15 pm

    5101 Tolman Hall

    The Persistence of Gender Inequality from Interpersonal and Intergroup Perspectives

    Presenter: Laura Kray, Professor, BerkeleyHaas

    Laura Kray is the Warren E. & Carol Spieker Professor of Leadership at Berkeley-Haas and a current Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. Her research examines negotiations as a mechanism for sustaining gender inequality in society. Her work on gender stereotypes illustrates the interpersonal processes determining how resources are …

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  • Fri, Mar 16, 2018, 1:10 pm to 2:15 pm

    5101 Tolman Hall

    Misery and Pleasure in the Origins of the Study of Happiness

    Presenter: Daniel Horowitz, Professor Emeritus, Smith College

    In December 2017, Oxford University Press published Happier? The History of a Cultural Movement That Aspired to Transform America, by Daniel Horowitz, an emeritus professor from Smith College. Focusing on the period from 1940 to 1970, this talk will cover some of the origins of the study of happiness and then go on to suggest some of the key aspects that shaped the field in the last half …

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  • Wed, Apr 4, 2018, 12:10 pm to 1:15 pm

    5101 Tolman Hall

    “It’s the skin you’re in”: What is this thing called ‘race’ and how does it get into the body?

    Presenter: Amani Nuru-Jeter, Associate Professor, UC Berkeley School of Public Health

    This talk will explore the concept of race and discuss how ontological conceptions of race impact the questions we ask, the nature of our scientific investigations, and the conclusions we draw from scientific evidence. I will discuss racism as a determinant of health and the need for conceptual rigor for advancing the study of race, racism and embodiment in social epidemiology. Drawing on …

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  • Wed, Feb 14, 2018, 12:10 pm to 1:15 pm

    5101 Tolman Hall

    45 years of studying stress, social relationships, and health: 8 pivotal moments that changed the course of my career

    Presenter: Sheldon Cohen, Professor, Carnegie Mellon University

    This talk is a summary of Dr. Cohen’s research over the last 45 years. It is organized by “pivots” – experiences that altered the direction of his work. Work he will discuss includes studies of the effects of environmental noise (traffic and aircraft) on cognition, affect and physiology of elementary school children; of the role of social ties, social …

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  • Wed, Feb 7, 2018, 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm

    5101 Tolman Hall

    Racial and political dynamics of an approaching majority-minority United States

    Presenter: Jennifer Richeson, Professor, Yale University

    Ongoing and projected demographic shifts in the racial composition of the United States have been heralded as necessitating, if not promoting, positive change in the racial dynamics of the nation. Although change in response to this growing diversity is likely, its direction and scope are less clear. In this talk, I will present emerging social-scientific research on the psychological, social, …

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  • Wed, Jan 31, 2018, 12:10 pm to 1:15 pm

    5101 Tolman Hall

    Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right

    Presenter: Arlie Hochschild, Professor Emerita, UC Berkeley

    Arlie Hochschild's latest book, Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right (The New Press, September 2016) focuses on the rise of the American right. Based on intensive interviews of Tea Party enthusiasts in Louisiana, conducted over five years and focusing on emotions, Hochschild scales an “empathy wall” to learn how to see, think and feel as …

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  • Wed, Jan 24, 2018, 12:10 pm to 1:15 pm

    5101 Tolman Hall

    Gender and Race Gatekeeping

    Presenter: Michelle "Mikki" Hebl, Professor, Rice University

    In this talk, Mikki will discuss the role of gatekeepers in preventing individuals, often women and members of underrepresented groups, from attaining their potential. Mikki will review some of her programmatic research on subtle discrimination and will then provide some of her most recent studies and data on gender and race gatekeeping.

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  • Wed, Jan 17, 2018, 12:10 pm to 1:15 pm

    5101 Tolman Hall

    Aversion to Emotional Insurance: Costly Reluctance to Hedge Desired Outcomes

    Presenter: Carey Morewedge, Professor, Boston University

    We examine whether people reduce the impact of negative outcomes through emotional hedging—betting against the occurrence of desired outcomes. We find substantial reluctance to bet against the success of preferred U.S. presidential candidates and Major League Baseball, National Football League, National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) basketball, and NCAA hockey …

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