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Colloquia Archive


  • 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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  • Wed, Feb 14, 2018, 12:10 pm to 1:15 pm

    5101 Tolman Hall

    45 years of studying stress, social relationships, and health: 8 pivotal moments that changed the course of my career

    Presenter: Sheldon Cohen, Professor, Carnegie Mellon University

    This talk is a summary of Dr. Cohen’s research over the last 45 years. It is organized by “pivots” – experiences that altered the direction of his work. Work he will discuss includes studies of the effects of environmental noise (traffic and aircraft) on cognition, affect and physiology of elementary school children; of the role of social ties, social …

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  • Wed, Feb 7, 2018, 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm

    5101 Tolman Hall

    Racial and political dynamics of an approaching majority-minority United States

    Presenter: Jennifer Richeson, Professor, Yale University

    Ongoing and projected demographic shifts in the racial composition of the United States have been heralded as necessitating, if not promoting, positive change in the racial dynamics of the nation. Although change in response to this growing diversity is likely, its direction and scope are less clear. In this talk, I will present emerging social-scientific research on the psychological, social, …

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  • Wed, Jan 31, 2018, 12:10 pm to 1:15 pm

    5101 Tolman Hall

    Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right

    Presenter: Arlie Hochschild, Professor Emerita, UC Berkeley

    Arlie Hochschild's latest book, Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right (The New Press, September 2016) focuses on the rise of the American right. Based on intensive interviews of Tea Party enthusiasts in Louisiana, conducted over five years and focusing on emotions, Hochschild scales an “empathy wall” to learn how to see, think and feel as …

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  • Wed, Jan 24, 2018, 12:10 pm to 1:15 pm

    5101 Tolman Hall

    Gender and Race Gatekeeping

    Presenter: Michelle "Mikki" Hebl, Professor, Rice University

    In this talk, Mikki will discuss the role of gatekeepers in preventing individuals, often women and members of underrepresented groups, from attaining their potential. Mikki will review some of her programmatic research on subtle discrimination and will then provide some of her most recent studies and data on gender and race gatekeeping.

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  • Wed, Jan 17, 2018, 12:10 pm to 1:15 pm

    5101 Tolman Hall

    Aversion to Emotional Insurance: Costly Reluctance to Hedge Desired Outcomes

    Presenter: Carey Morewedge, Professor, Boston University

    We examine whether people reduce the impact of negative outcomes through emotional hedging—betting against the occurrence of desired outcomes. We find substantial reluctance to bet against the success of preferred U.S. presidential candidates and Major League Baseball, National Football League, National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) basketball, and NCAA hockey …

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  • Wed, Dec 6, 2017, 12:10 pm to 1:15 pm

    5101 Tolman Hall

    Research on Policing: Bias, Discretion, and Policy

    Presenter: Jack Glaser, Professor, Goldman School of Public Policy, UC Berkeley

    Jack Glaser will describe the research he and his colleagues are conducting on racial bias in policing. This will include discussion of the relevant psychological research that helps to explain how racial discrimination occurs and analysis of policing data elucidating racial disparities.  Glaser will discuss his efforts with the Center for Policing Equity to build the National …

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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, Nov 8, 2017, 12:10 pm to 1:15 pm

    5101 Tolman Hall

    Experience Effects -- How Personal Lifetime Experiences Affect Financial Investment and Risk Attitudes

    Presenter: Ulrike Malmendier, Professor, UC Berkeley

    Ulrike Malmendier received her PhD in Business Economics from Harvard University in 2002, and her PhD in Law (summa cum laude) from the University of Bonn in 2000. She joined Berkeley in 2006 as an Assistant Professor, after having been at Stanford as Assistant Professor of Finance since 2002. She also is a research associate at NBER (Corporate Finance and Labor Economics) and a faculty …

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  • 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, 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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