Michael Inzlicht in May issue of Trends in Cognitive Sciences
Michael Inzlicht, along with co-authors Travis Proulx (U of Tilburg) and Eddie Harmon-Jones (U of New South Whales), had an article published in the current issue of Trends in Cognitive Sciences. The paper, titled "Understanding all inconsistency compensation as a palliative response to violated expectations," offers a unifying account of many superficially different phenomena (e.g., terror management, system justification, compensatory control, conservative ideology, cognitive dissonance) that all share a common threat-compensation dynamic. This unifying account suggest that these phenomena all involve (1) expectancy-violation or a type of "prediction error" that activates (2) a common syndrome of aversive arousal, which then motivates (3) palliative efforts to reduce this arousal. Based on this perspective, compensation efforts following both 'high-level' (e.g., attitudinal dissonance) and 'low-level' (e.g., Stroop task color/word mismatches) inconsistencies can now be understood in terms of a common motivational account. Click here to download a PDF of the article.
Posted on May 17, 2012 by admin
Hyunji Kim and Ulrich Schimmack in April issue of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology
and Ulrich Schimmack
, in collaboration with Shigehiro Oishi at the University of Virginia, published a paper (based on Hyunji Kim's Master's thesis) in the April issue of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology,
entitled "Cultural differences in self- and other-evaluations and well-being: A study of European and Asian Canadians." The paper used a multi-method approach to examine cultural influences on evaluative biases and to examine the influence of evaluative biases on well-being. The study introduced a novel approach to the measurement of evaluative bias, which allows researchers to distinguish general biases, self-enhancement bias and other-enhancement bias. The research showed that European Canadians have a more positive general bias in self- and other evaluations and higher well-being than Asian Canadians, and this general evaluative bias fully explained cultural differences in self-reported well-being. The paper proposes that the emphasis on hedonism in North American culture contributes to national differences in well-being. Click here to view a PDF of the article.
Posted on Apr 07, 2012 by admin
Jessica Remedios and Alison Chasteen in March Issue of Group Processes and Intergroup Relations
Jessica Remedios and Alison Chasteen, along with University of Toronto HBSc graduate, Jeffrey Paek, have published an article in the current issue of Group Processes and Intergroup Relations. The article, entitled "Not all prejudices are experienced equally: Comparing experiences of racism and sexism in female minorities," explores differences in how Asian women respond to racism versus sexism. Studies 1 and 2 showed that Asian women were more likely to make internal attributions, and to feel depressed, about racism relative to sexism. Study 3 showed that Asian women perceived more racism than sexism in their environments. Overall, the results suggest that racism may affect Asian women more deeply than sexism.
This research has been featured on OMNI Television, as well as in the Vancouver Sun and the Montreal Gazette.
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Posted on Feb 22, 2012 by admin
Emily Impett in January issue of Social and Personality Psychology Compass
, in collaboration with Shelly Gable from the University of California Santa Barbara, published a paper in the January edition of the Social and Personality Psychology Compass titled "Approach and avoidance motives and close relationships." In a review of the literature on motivation and close relationships, they suggest that any model of close relationships must simultaneously account for people's tendencies to both approach incentives and avoid threats in close relationships.
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Posted on Jan 09, 2012 by admin
Nadia Bashir Receives 2012 SPSP Diversity Travel Award
Nadia Bashir has received a Diversity Travel Award from the Society for Personality and Social Psychology. Award recipients are selected based on the strength of their scholarly record and their research statement. In addition to receiving a travel stipend to attend the 2012 SPSP annual conference, Nadia will be featured in the conference program and have the opportunity to meet admired scholars at a reception for award recipients.
Posted on Dec 18, 2011 by admin
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