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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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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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