UC Berkeley Institute of Personality and Social Research

Colloquia

  • Wed, Nov 1, 2017, 12:10 pm to 1:15 pm

    5101 Tolman Hall

    Climate change advocacy and ad hominem attacks

    Presenter: Shahzeen Attari, Assistant Professor, Indiana University Bloomington

    Debates about climate change often involve ad hominem attacks. Each side is accused of insincerity, of merely serving special interests. In particular, those who advocate policies to promote energy conservation or otherwise reduce CO2 emissions can be challenged if their personal energy use appears to be high. Our studies indicate that an attack based on high personal …

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  • Wed, Nov 15, 2017, 12:10 pm to 1:15 pm

    5101 Tolman Hall

    From Egosystem to Ecosystem: Motivations of the Self in Social Relationships

    Presenter: Jennifer Crocker, Professor, Ohio State University

    I propose that in their social interactions, people may be energized by egosystem motivation in which they are preoccupied with proving their own worth and value to themselves and others, or by ecosystem motivation in which they strive to be constructive and supportive of people and things they care about beyond themselves. These two motivational systems, I suggest, are scaffolded onto evolved …

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  • Wed, Oct 18, 2017, 12:10 pm to 1:15 pm

    5101 Tolman Hall

    Self-Interest versus Other-Focus: Navigating the Self-Other Tradeoff in Interpersonal Relationships

    Presenter: Amie Gordon, Postdoctoral Fellow, UC San Francisco

    Relationships underscore every aspect of our lives, influencing the health and well-being of individuals, groups and organizations. One of the fundamental challenges in interpersonal relationships is balancing self-interest with the needs of another person. In this talk, I draw upon social, personality, and health psychology to investigate the factors that shape this self-other tradeoff with …

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  • Wed, Oct 18, 2017, 11:10 am to 12:00 pm

    5101 Tolman Hall

    The Harm in Harmony: Covert Competition and Ingroup Suspicion in East Asian Cultures

    Presenter: Michael Morris, Professor, Columbia University

    A prominent theme in East-West cultural comparisons is that East Asian social interactions are characterized by harmony. But is this merely the surface? We propose that Easterners compete with ingroup members but tend to do so covertly to avoid risking relationships. Further we propose that, under many conditions, they suspect their peers are up to the same. We investigated this underside of …

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  • Wed, Oct 11, 2017, 12:10 pm to 1:15 pm

    5101 Tolman Hall

    How social and personality psychologists can be assets to assessment and selection teams at Google

    Presenter: Drs. Maria Arboleda (Scaled Assessments Manager - Hiring Innovation) and Dana Landis (Head of Leadership Assessment and Effectiveness) at Google

    Drs. Maria Arboleda and Dana Landis will address a series of applied methods, training, and career focused questions crowd-sourced from Social-Personality Area graduate students.

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  • Wed, Oct 4, 2017, 12:10 pm to 1:15 pm

    5101 Tolman Hall

    The Self in Social Inference: Antecedents and Consequences of Perspective Taking

    Presenter: Andrew Todd, Assistant Professor, UC Davis

    The ability to intuit what other people are thinking and feeling with some degree of accuracy is essential for effective communication and social coordination, making it important to understand both the factors that give rise to and the consequences that follow from perspective taking. In this talk, I’ll provide an overview of a program of research that examines the role of the self as …

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  • Wed, Sep 20, 2017, 12:10 pm to 1:15 pm

    5101 Tolman Hall

    Inspiration in the writer-reader encounter: Creativity, transmission, contagion, and personality similarity

    Presenter: Todd Thrash, Professor, College of William & Mary

    Inspiration is a motivational state in which an individual feels compelled to transmit, actualize, or express ideas. In this colloquium I present a series of studies of the role of inspiration in the writer-reader encounter. Key findings include the following: (a) Writer inspiration predicts the creativity of the resulting text, whereas writer effort tends to be a poor predictor. (b) …

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