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A ‘Forest Instead of the Trees’ Viewpoint May Motivate Change after Negative Feedback

Negative feedback can sting, but thinking about the big picture may help transform criticism into positive change, according to new research published by the Society for Personality and Social Psychology.

"People are defensive when they are told about something they did wrong," said lead researcher Jennifer Belding, Ph.D., from Ohio State University. "Listening to negative feedback requires self-control because you have to get past the fact that hearing it hurts and instead use the information to improve over time."

Teacher/Scholar Travel Award

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The Society for Personality and Social Psychology will offer a limited number of Teacher/Scholar travel awards to support the participation of non-student members who teach and work exclusively with undergraduate students. Travel awards are $500 unrestricted awards that may be used to cover travel, registration, lodging, food or other expenses related to attending the annual convention.

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Applicants must be presenting in some form at the SPSP convention (e.g., poster, talk, or other formats). Award decisions will be based on the excellence of the submitted conference abstract.

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Self-affirmations may calm jitters and boost performance, research finds

When the stakes are high, people in positions of low power may perform better by using self-affirmations to boost their confidence, according to new research published by the Society for Personality and Social Psychology.
 
"Most people have experienced a time in their lives when they aren't performing up to their potential. They take a test or have a performance review at work, but something holds them back," says lead researcher Sonia Kang, Ph.D.

Can we Undo our First Impressions?

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Imagine that you learn something highly negative about someone new. For instance, say, an up and coming politician is accused of corruption, or a new faculty member is rumored to have sexually harassed studentsFurther, imagine that you find out later that you were entirely wrong. Perhaps the politician’s opponents planted evidence, or the rumors about the faculty member were soundly discredited. In scenarios like these, can we fully cast aside our false first impressions, or might they persist at some level even after we explicitly believe that we have changed our minds?
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Shared Perceptions: Morality is Embedded in Social Contexts

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The partisanship and rancor in Washington is aMoral psychology Word Cloud Concept troubling indicator of how different political liberals and conservatives have become. After all, the places we live, the media we watch, and the candidates we vote for have become increasingly polarized. Underlying many of these changes are basic differences concerning the kinds of moral communities we live in, the moral messages we hear, and the moral issues our politicians stand for.
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SAGE Young Scholars

FPSP, in collaboration with SAGE Publications, is pleased to award the SAGE Young Scholars Awards. These awards recognize outstanding young researchers in personality and social psychology. The awardees will receive a one-time award of $5,000 to be used at their discretion for research, study, or conference travel-related purposes, as well as a complimentary one-year SPSP membership. At least five awards are presented each year to young scholars representative of the broad spectrum of personality and social psychology research areas.

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The Sage Young Scholar Awards recognize outstanding achievements by young scholars who are early in their research careers. The awards are intended to provide these scholars with funds that can be flexibly applied in extending their work in new and exciting directions. Previous recipients of this award have gone on to positions of intellectual leadership in the field. Because these awards are highly sought after, receiving a Sage Young Scholar Award is recognition of both accomplishment and potential.

About the Foundation for Personality and Social Psychology

The Foundation for Personality and Social Psychology has been established to raise funds and sponsor philanthropic activities advancing the discipline. It focuses on development and fundraising, seeking gifts and donations to fund forward-looking and long-term activities that would augment and broaden the vigor of personality and social psychology. 

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