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Grad Hack: Convention Tension

By Benjamin Johnson, GSC Member-at-Large

Which Comes First: The Trust or the Commitment?

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Relationships, and lives, are shaped fundamentally by our perceptions and expectations of others. In a symposium during SPSP’s 16th Annual Convention, researchers considered how personality and experience influence our evaluation of potential and current partners, which in turn has profound effects on the quality and development of one’s relationships.
 
Trust and responsiveness are two important pieces in maintaining a healthy relationship. But how do each of those actually affect relationships?
 

The Effect of Money on Your Emotions

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“There is no culture on Earth that has found money and then decided not to use it…Money is a useful tool to facilitate human connection and advancement,” said Kathleen Vohs at the beginning of a symposium at SPSP’s 16th Annual Convention.
 
Money holds a very powerful sway over an individual’s emotions, personality and decisions. And it can influence the decisions of young children more than we realize.
 
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Gender Difference in Moral Judgments Rooted in Emotion, Not Reasoning, Study Finds

If a time machine was available, would it be right to kill Adolf Hitler when he was still a young Austrian artist to prevent World War II and save millions of lives? Should a police officer torture an alleged bomber to find hidden explosives that could kill many people at a local café? When faced with such dilemmas, men are typically more willing to accept harmful actions for the sake of the greater good than women.

Women are Underrepresented in Fields that Idolize Brilliance and Genius

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Pervasive cultural associations link men but not women with raw intellectual brilliance. Consider, for example, how difficult it is to think of even a single portrayal of a woman who – like Sherlock Holmes, Dr. House, or Sheldon Cooper – displays that special spark of genius.

Taking the long view: Emotion over time

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It’s an old canard that “a picture is worth a thousand words.”  Recent research presented at SPSP’s 16th Annual Convention in Long Beach suggested that when it comes to understanding emotional experience, though, a momentary “snapshot” of the influences on emotion at a particular moment in time only tells a small part of the story.
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Excellence in Science Journalism Award

The Excellence in Science Journalism Award is a service award that honors a member of the media for excellence in coverage of the personality and social psychology field. Recipients may be recognized for a particular piece of media coverage published in 2017 or for a distinguished record of disseminating knowledge of the field to the general public.

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About the Award

The Excellence in Science Journalism Award honors a member of the media for excellence in coverage of the personality and social psychology field. Recipients may be recognized for a particular piece of media coverage published in 2016 or for a distinguished record of disseminating knowledge of the field to the general public. Blogs and op-eds written by academics are not eligible.

The recipient will receive a $500 honorarium and accompanying plaque which are presented at the Awards Ceremony held at the SPSP Annual Convention, as well as a complimentary one-year SPSP membership. The winner also receives complimentary registration and travel to the convention, plus a three night hotel stay.

 

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