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  • Wed, May 3, 2017, 12:10 pm to 1:15 pm

    5101 Tolman Hall

    Two axes of subordination: How immigration shapes racial dynamics in the U.S.

    Presenter: Sapna Cheryan, Associate Professor, University of Washington

    The study of racial prejudice in psychology developed primarily based on research studying African Americans and Whites. The recent precipitated growth of Latinos and Asian Americans in the United States underscores the need for a framework that integrates more groups.  The current work proposes that racial and ethnic minority groups are disadvantaged along two distinct dimensions …


  • Wed, Apr 19, 2017, 12:10 pm to 1:15 pm

    5101 Tolman Hall

    Power Analysis and Meta-Analysis are Falsely Reassuring Solutions for Concerns about Statistical Power

    Presenter: Leif Nelson, Professor, Haas School of Business

    Transparency, disclosure, and preregistration have revealed that some statistically underpowered studies may be propped up by selective reporting and p-hacking. Conscientious researchers therefore have renewed investment in statistical power. One approach is to conduct traditional power analysis to correctly set the sample size. I argue that this tool is not helpful and often biased toward …


  • Wed, Mar 22, 2017, 12:10 pm to 1:15 pm

    5101 Tolman Hall

    The Neuroscience of Social Emotions and Cognition: From Ontogeny to Plasticity

    Presenter: Tania Singer, Professor and Director, Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences

    The social neurosciences have focused on the question of how people relate to and understand each other. Researchers have distinguished between at least two different routes on the understanding of others: one affective-motivational route referring to our ability to feel with (empathy) and for (compassion) another person, and a cognitive route allowing to infer other people's intentions, …


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

    5101 Tolman Hall

    Life Events and Personality Change

    Presenter: Wiebke Bleidorn, Associate Professor, University of California, Davis

    A large body of research has shown that personality traits can and do change across the life span. In fact, most people experience medium-sized to large changes in their personality as they traverse adulthood. The observed changes in personality traits have led to a great deal of speculation about the conditions and causes of these changes. While all major theories of personality development …


  • Wed, Mar 8, 2017, 12:10 pm to 1:15 pm

    5101 Tolman Hall

    Race Matters in Schools: The Significance of School Racial Climate and Micro-aggressions for Adolescents and Emerging Adults

    Presenter: Christy Byrd, Assistant Professor, UC Santa Cruz

    This talk will review Dr. Byrd's research on students' perceptions of interactions and messages about race and culture in schools. As the United States becomes increasingly diverse, schools remain locations where surface-level messages of tolerance and respect for all hide deep conflicts over race, culture, and identity. How do students understand the way race operates in their …


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