• President's Welcome: Jamie Pennebaker discusses SPSP's leadership in his 2014 President's Welcome
• Changes to PSPB Submission Requirements
• Data Sharing: SPSP standards for data sharing for authors of articles published in its journals.
• SPSP 2014 Awards: Congratulations to the award recipients
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When, Why, and How: The Questions Psychologists Should Be Asking About Parents’ Happiness
The question of whether or not parents are happy has become a hot topic among popular media, serious academics, and the general public alike. People are seemingly starving for information about whether raising children is really as stressful — or as blissful — as it sometimes seems. Perhaps it’s because 85% of adults become parents by the time they reach age 45 that so many people are interested in the answer. But the question people should be asking is not if parents are happy or unhappy but rather when — and why — that is the case, as Katherine Nelson of the University of California, Riverside, explains on the SPSP blog.
And read more about Nelson's research as well work by Kostadin Kushlev of the University of British Columbia that shows how money makes parenting less meaningful, in this full press release.
Lights, Camera, Psychology in Action: Video and Recap
People and spaces, the tragedy of commonsense morality, myths about meaning of life, and remaking love were four themes at the SPSP conference in Austin. Four dynamic speakers – Sam Gosling, Joshua Greene, Barbara Fredrickson, and Laura King – gave thought-provoking talks that hit on areas of psychology that reach into our everyday lives.
The full video of these talks is now available. Watch them and share them. And read highlights of the talks with the accompanying video on our blog.
|For Understanding Family Structure to Trauma: New Technology is Yielding Bigger Data|
Social media can do more than just entertain us and keep us connected. It also can help scientists better understand human behavior and social dynamics. The volume of data created through new technology and social media such as Facebook and Twitter is lending insight into everything from mapping modern family dynamics to predicting postpartum depression.
"By analyzing different types of social media, search terms, or even blogs, we are able to capture people's thinking, communication patterns, health, beliefs, prejudices, group behaviors – essentially everything that has ever been studied in social and personality psychology,” says James Pennebaker, president of SPSP, which kicked off its annual meeting with a symposium on big data. "We can examine thousands, even hundreds of thousands of people at once or track them over time.” Read the full press release and our blog coverage of the session from Austin.