UC Berkeley Institute of Personality and Social Research

Colloquia

  • Wed, Apr 25, 2018, 12:10 pm to 1:15 pm

    5101 Tolman Hall

    Message Intended is Not Message Received: Shame, Stigma, and Disengagement in the Academic Probation Notification Process

    Presenter: Shannon Brady, Postdoctoral Scholar, Stanford University

    An important institutional and societal dilemma is how to notify people when they are not meeting performance or community standards without undermining their motivation and efforts to do so. Focusing on the context of college students being placed on academic probation, I find that college administrators overwhelmingly intend probation to be helpful to and motivating for students but that …

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  • Wed, May 2, 2018, 12:10 pm to 1:15 pm

    5101 Tolman Hall

    Scabs: The Social Suppression of Labor Supply

    Presenter: Supreet Kaur, Assistant Professor of Economics, UC Berkeley

    A distinguishing feature of the labor market is social interaction among co-workers---providing the ingredients for social norms to develop and constrain behavior. We use a field experiment to test whether social norms against accepting wage cuts distort workers' labor supply during periods of unemployment. We partner with 183 existing employers, who offer jobs to 502 randomly-selected …

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  • Wed, May 9, 2018, 12:10 pm to 1:15 pm

    5101 Tolman Hall

    A new perspective on the social functions of emotions: Gratitude and the witnessing effect

    Presenter: Christopher Oveis, Assistant Professor, UC San Diego

    We propose a novel theoretical and empirical approach to studying group-level social functions of emotions and use it to make new predictions about social consequences of gratitude. Here, we document the witnessing effect: In social groups, emotional expressions are often observed by 3rd party witnesses—family members, co-workers, friends, and neighbors. Emotional expressions coordinate …

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  • Wed, Apr 11, 2018, 12:10 pm to 1:15 pm

    5101 Tolman Hall

    Cultural variation in social judgments of smiles: The role of ideal affect

    Presenter: Jeanne Tsai, Professor, Stanford University

    In this talk, I will describe a series of studies demonstrating that cultural differences in how people ideally want to feel (their “ideal affect”) shape how they judge and treat others. Consistent with previous findings that European Americans value excitement states more than East Asians do, European Americans judge open toothy "excited" smiles (vs. closed …

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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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  • 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, 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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  • 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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