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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?

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.

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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About the Award

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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Heritage Dissertation Research Award

Each year, the Foundation for Personality and Social Psychology intends to award 6 grants of $2,000 each. At least two grants will be in personality psychology and at least two grants will be in social psychology. The intent of the Foundation is to provide these awards annually, and to increase the number of awards in the future as additional funds become available. The Heritage Dissertation Awards are intended to provide assistance with the costs of conducting dissertation research in social and personality psychology.

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About the Award

The Foundation for Personality and Social Psychology intends to award 6 grants of $2,000 each. At least two grants will be in personality psychology and at least two grants will be in social psychology.

About the Heritage Initiative

The Heritage Initiative acknowledges personality and social psychology's rich heritage by honoring some of the great teachers and scientists who have made major contributions to the field. In doing so, the Initiative is aimed at ensuring the field’s future by assisting its next generation of scholars. The Heritage Dissertation Research Awards are the direct result of funds raised in honor of some of our fields’ leading luminaries. 



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APS announces Executive Director search

The APS Board seeks applications for a new Executive Director to begin in late 2015 or early 2016.

SPSP launches new website for members

The SPSP website is currently under construction and relaunch.

Highlights from Year 1 of Character and Context

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Ed. Note: I want to take this opportunity to welcome Erika Salomon back into the fold at Character and Context. She did a wonderful job editing the blog this past summer, and is coming on as co-editor. You can follow her on twitter    SPSP's official blog Character and Context has become a source for following and discussing the latest developments in personality and social psychology over its first year (or thereabout—I'm counting everything from the blog's inception until now).


Undergraduate Student Poster Award

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About the Award

The Undergraduate Student Poster Award recognizes poster presentations characterized by excellence in research, clarity in presentation, and personal knowledge demonstrated in a discussion with judges at the SPSP Annual Convention.

Two award winners will receive a $100 honorarium. In addition, the two award winners will also have their posters prominently displayed at the SPSP Annual Convention, showcasing their research to the SPSP community, be announced on SPSP social media accounts during the convention, and have their headshot and basic bio displayed on one of the TV monitors on a rotating basis throughout the convention. Two runners-up will receive a $50 honorarium.

Selection Process

In the first round of judging, posters will be peer reviewed for effective layout and visual presentation. The top 50% of submissions will advance to the second round, where peer reviewers will judge applicants’ award submission statements and posters. From this round, 10 submissions will be selected as finalists and be invited to present their posters during the first poster session of the SPSP Annual Convention. During this final round, finalists will be interviewed by several secret judges (typically faculty members). On the basis of the judges' scores, 2 winners and 2 runners-up will be selected.

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