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What Happens When We Evaluate Others?

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In the present climate of divisiveness and inter-group hostility, few attitude objects are as topical as other people. How we evaluate others, especially those from different groups (racial, political, class, etc.), can be consequential for a whole host of outcomes. At this year’s attitudes pre-conference, held a day before the official start of The Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP) annual convention, attitudes toward other people was center stage.

How White People Perceive The Purpose Of Diversity

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The purpose of diversity can seem different for different people. At the SPSP 2018 Annual Convention Justice and Morality Pre-conference, Dr. Stacey Sinclair from Princeton explored the motives underlying diversity in “Why Diversify: Framing Diversity as a Moral Versus Instrumental Good.”

How people frame the benefits of diversity, according to Dr. Sinclair, can be more moral–motivated by fairness and justice–or more instrumental—motivated by usefulness, like broadening horizons.

Empowering Group Victims of Injustice Through Empathy

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In the aftermath of intergroup injustice, apologies from the perpetrator groups are commonplace, but taking the next step, and ensuring that the victims are empowered, can be overlooked. How might we ensure that victimized groups receive more support than a simple apology? In the Group Processes and Intergroup Relations preconference, Michael Wohl from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, suggests that one route may be empathetic collective angst.

Gender and Sexuality in Two Non-Western Cultures

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Dr. Paul Vasey has spent much of his life studying sexual behavior across species and across cultures. For two decades, he observed Japanese macaques—a species of monkey—in mountains outside of Kyoto. During his time in Japan, Dr. Vasey consistently observed female macaques sexual mounting other females. If fact, he estimates that only 20% of these female monkeys are exclusively heterosexual. This results in an intersexual mate competition, whereby males must compete with both female and male members of their species to find a female mate. Fascinated, Dr.

Methods Matter When Working to Improve Public Health

Four social and personality psychologists will discuss the latest nudges and policies that encourage, or discourage, healthy behaviors in individuals.

Atlanta, GA - From sugary beverages to apple watches and retirement accounts, research sheds new light on social-psychological interventions to improve public wellbeing. Four social and personality psychologists will discuss the latest nudges and policies that encourage, or discourage, healthy behaviors in individuals at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology Annual Convention.