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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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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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