UC Berkeley Institute of Personality and Social Research

Colloquia

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

    5101 Tolman Hall

    A connectionist approach to value based decision making

    Presenter: Gaurav Suri, Assistant Professor, San Francisco State University

    Connectionist approaches involving neural network modeling have been broadly and successfully applied in many areas of cognitive psychology including language, memory, learning and perception. However they have been infrequently applied in 'hot' psychological processes that feature affect and motivation. In this talk I will propose an Interactive Activation and Competition (IAC) neural …

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  • 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 Microaggressions 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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  • 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 …

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  • 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, …

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

    5101 Tolman Hall

    Polluting Black Space

    Presenter: Courtney Bonam, Assistant Professor, University of Illinois, Chicago

    Physical space has been and remains a tool for maintaining racial hierarchy, resulting in a range of different kinds of physical spaces being imbued with racial meaning (e.g., Black inner-cities, White suburbs). Accordingly, racial stereotype content extends beyond personal attributes to physical space characteristics (e.g., Black areas are impoverished, White areas are wealthy). The mere …

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

    5101 Tolman Hall

    Choosing Empathy

    Presenter: Jamil Zaki, Assistant Professor, Stanford University

    Empathy--people's ability to share and understand each other's emotions--is a powerful social force, but can collapse when it is most needed, for instance during intergroup conflicts. Many theories of empathy hold that it occurs automatically, something like an emotional reflex.  If this is the case, then its limits might be unavoidable. In this talk, I will lay out an alternative …

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  • Wed, Jan 25, 2017, 12:10 pm to 1:15 pm

    5101 Tolman Hall

    The effects of intranasal oxytocin on mentalization in individuals with and without schizophrenia

    Presenter: Joshua Woolley, Assistant Professor, UC San Francisco

    There is growing interest in the use of intranasal oxytocin administration to alter social behavior and functioning in healthy and patient populations. In particular, there is growing excitement that oxytocin may be a novel approach for treatment of social cognitive deficits in schizophrenia, which are important causes of worse clinical, functional, and occupational outcomes. However, there is …

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  • Wed, Dec 7, 2016, 12:10 pm to 1:15 pm

    5101 Tolman Hall

    When Can We Predict Romantic Outcomes?

    Presenter: Paul W. Eastwick, Associate Professor, UC Davis

    Romantic relationships profoundly impact people’s health and well-being. Yet it remains unclear if and when it is possible to predict a priori how relationship experiences will unfold and evolve over time: When can we determine whether two people will (a) want to form a relationship in the first place and (b) be happy or miserable together? This talk will review findings and theories …

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  • Fri, Nov 18, 2016, 2:15 pm to 3:15 pm

    5101 Tolman Hall

    Emotional acculturation

    Presenter: Batja Mesquita, Professor | Center for Social and Cultural Psychology | University of Leuven

    People learn to have emotions that fit the values central to their own culture and that benefit the types of relationships that are valued in that culture. By sharing the emotions of the culture, individuals align themselves –often unwittingly-- with the values of their groups and cultures. Thus, cultural variations in emotional phenomena are best understood as a function of culturally …

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