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A Research Contest for Reducing Implicit Racial Biases

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You might not have realized it, but you could have racially discriminated against someone recently. Maybe you walked a little quicker when you saw a guy walking across the street from you. Or perhaps you were less friendly than you usually would be around a new co-worker. If you’re guilty of these subtle biases, you’re not alone.

Our Personal Stories Matter for Our Mental Health

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Humans are natural storytellers.  We are constantly making sense of our lives by weaving them into narratives and sharing those stories with others.  A pair of new studies, published together in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, suggests that the way we tell our stories impacts our mental health for years to come.

SPSP to host reception at APS Convention

In conjunction with the Association for Psychologyical Science (APS), SPSP invites you to a reception at APS's 27th Annual Convention. The reception will occur on Friday, May 22 from 4:00 p.m.

Understanding Moral Character Through Context

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The study of moral character has taken off in recent years. A couple of recent papers by Geoff Goodwin and his colleagues and Nina Strohminger and Shaun Nichols have made clear that perceptions of morality and character are central to the way we perceive ourselves and others. But moral character isn’t only important as a lens through which we perceive one another – it is a vital component of who we are and why we do the things we do.

Video Dialogue: Taya Cohen and Geoff Goodwin on Moral Character

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Taya Cohen (Organizational Behavior, Carnegie Mellon University) and Geoff Goodwin (Department of Psychology, University of Pennsylvania) discuss their respective research programs on the psychology of moral character.

Candidates announced for SPSP leadership positions

The following candidates will appear on the 2015 SPSP Leadership Ballot. Ballots will be mailed to voting members the week of April 27.

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

Award Info


About the Award

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.

Selection Process

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.