• 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 2013 Awards: Congratulations to the award recipients
• Membership Renewal: SPSP, like many scientific society, asks its members to renew their membership each fall (to facilitate conference registration and journal delivery).
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Judging the Messenger
There is a long-running debate about whether stories or statistics are more persuasive, and the evidence is mixed. Instead of asking which type of communication is more likely to change attitudes, researchers wanted to know how these different types of evidence affected perceptions of a speaker (or source, in persuasion terms). That is, do people draw different conclusions about others depending on whether they use narrative or non-narrative arguments when making a point?
Guest author Melanie Green, Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, wrote a post on the SPSP blog about the research she conducted with graduate students Jenna Clark and Joe Simons, which they presented at the 2014 SPSP Annual Meeting in Austin.
FIRST Act Proposes 42% Cut to SBE at NSF Get involved.
The House Science, Space and Technology’s Research Subcommittee introduced HR 4186 (also known as the "Frontiers in Innovation, Research, Science, and Technology Act of 2014" or FIRST Act) on March 10, 2014, that proposes cutting funding for social and behavioral sciences at the NSF—a drop that takes funding back to levels seen 15 years ago.
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 as about work by Kostadin Kushlev of the University of British Columbia that shows how money makes parenting less meaningful, in this full press release.