You are here

Character & Context

Feb 09, 2019
A woman smiles confidently as she responds to an interview question

Picture this. You’re sitting in a job interview talking to someone who will help determine whether or not you get the job. They start asking you about something on your resume – a project you’re particularly proud of, one that you worked really hard on. You can’t help it: you start to lift your head a little higher, sit up straight, pull back your shoulders, puff out your chest. But will this...Read more

Filed under: Conferences
Feb 09, 2019
A woman looks across a telescope in front of a glass building

It may come as no surprise that political polarization is on the rise; liberals are becoming more liberal, and conservatives are becoming more conservative. This is more than simple disagreement; political polarization involves an extreme commitment to one’s ideology and an unwillingness to consider other viewpoints. According to Kristin Laurin from the University of British Columbia, we need to...Read more

Filed under: Conferences
Feb 09, 2019
Silhouette of a couple standing back to back with arms crossed

Economic inequality runs rampant in the United States and, if anything, is getting worse with time. Not only do individuals of lower socioeconomic backgrounds occupy disadvantaged positions in society with less access to resources, but they also face challenges in the private realm of their romantic relationships. But why do low socioeconomic status (SES) individuals generally experience lower...Read more

Filed under: Conferences
Feb 09, 2019
Two old men great each other...on a chess board.

In navigating the world, we need to determine who are our friends and foes, and who can we trust to be our allies and who should we stay away from. To do this effectively, we rely on various cues either from the environment or the person with whom we interact with. Specifically, we are particularly attentive to cues that are being displayed by other people. A symposium led by Francine Karmali and...Read more

Filed under: Conferences
Feb 09, 2019
3 rows of slightly taller coins, growing plants on top of them, representing financial growth

Whether you yourself are a scientist, know someone who does research, or don’t know and don’t care, you may want to start paying attention to the kinds of weird things scientists do and how they go about doing those weird things they do. You probably work, so at least some of your money is funding exciting—hopefully exciting—research. If you are an early career researcher (e.g., graduate student...Read more

Filed under: Conferences
Feb 09, 2019
An ethereal pair of hands hold glowing paper cut-out shapes of people

Think about a value that is near and dear to you. Maybe it’s social justice, family, or devotion to your country. How much would you have to be paid to actively work against this value, or to compromise it in some way? If the answer is “no amount of money” then this value may be sacred. Sacred values, as opposed to secular values, are thought to be impervious to cost-benefit analyses—under no...Read more

Filed under: Conferences
Feb 08, 2019
A man dusts a high cabinet

In 1980, the wealthiest 10% of households owned 68% of the total US wealth. In 2007, the wealthiest 10% controlled 73% of the wealth. Similarly, in the 1970s, the average woman earned about 60% of what the average man would typically earn. Fortunately, the gender income gap has decreased since the 1970s, with women earning about 80% of that typically earned by men. Unfortunately, the gender...Read more

Filed under: Conferences
Feb 08, 2019
a Woman stand in a crowd with fist raised, looking powerful and strong

What do you think of when you hear the word “feminist?” To some, this term elicits images of political, social, and economic equality for men and women. To others, this term elicits images of man-hating women plotting to steal power from men. As PhD student Victoria Parker (Wilfrid Laurier University) points out in her talk entitled “Diverging Definitions: How the Conceptualization of “Feminism”...Read more

Filed under: Conferences
Feb 08, 2019
A lady frolics in the sunshine carrying a dozen colorful balloons

Is sex only pleasurable if we experience an orgasm, or can people still enjoy sex in the absence of an orgasm? Popular media often presents an orgasm as the ultimate goal of sex and the defining feature of a satisfying sexual experience, yet in reality, many women have difficulties orgasming consistently (or at all) during sex. This discrepancy might suggest that many women are not satisfied with...Read more

Filed under: Conferences
Feb 08, 2019
An older couple hikes across a mountain with smiles on faces

“Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.” According to this quote from the Dalai Lama, happiness comes as a result of our behaviors. But what behaviors lead to the greatest happiness and well-being? In the symposium on happiness, “Get Happy: Perspectives on Experiences and Conceptions of Happiness,” researchers shared insights from a number of studies suggesting how...Read more

Filed under: Conferences
Feb 08, 2019
IMage of the US outline with half blue and half red on the outside

Political polarization—the increasing ideological divide between liberals and conservatives—continues to engulf the United States, further inflaming the ongoing culture wars. Over the last several decades, differences in views between Democrats and Republican have been on the rise with 45% of Republicans and 41% of Democrats now thinking that the other party is a threat to the health of the...Read more

Filed under: Conferences
Feb 08, 2019
A man peaks out udner a lid from inside a container

Managing what to disclose and what to conceal has been an integral part of our everyday lives. Think about a time when you feel like you simply cannot trust someone, or perhaps that person is not as accepting as you want him to be, what would be the odds that you would open up to him? On the flip side, you probably are more likely to open up about your secrets with someone who is accepting and...Read more

Filed under: Conferences
Feb 07, 2019
Two African-American women hug each other happily

3, 2, 1… Go! Name your best friend. Which special person comes to mind? Perhaps you have more than one best friend. These are people that you feel very close with, that you turn to for help, or when you’re simply looking to spend time with someone that you care about. Do you ever wonder, however, how you came to be so close with this one, or few, special people? Professor Byrd-Craven and her...Read more

Filed under: Conferences
Feb 07, 2019
a green shirt has a hello my name is mind reader sticker on it

In order for humans to thrive in social interactions, there is a demand in understanding how other people think or feel so that we could respond to them accordingly. Research in the past has shown that people use their own mental states as a reference point to understand others. It would be particularly advantageous for us to use this reference point when there is an overlap between how we and...Read more

Filed under: Conferences
Feb 07, 2019
a small child peeks over a counter at a plate of cookies lurking nearby

It’s been a long day at work. You are walking down the street towards home when you are suddenly greeted with the mouth-watering scent of freshly baked cookies from the local store. Immediately, you feel a wave of temptation. Would avoiding the temptation make you feel like you are aligned with your authentic self, staying the course on your ideal fitness goals? Or, instead, is this temptation...Read more

Filed under: Conferences
Feb 07, 2019
blue and white symbols connect across the screen creating a network

For personality and social psychologists, the entire world can be a laboratory. Customer-facing businesses represent near unlimited possibilities to apply psychological insights and experimentally test interventions. But how can social and personality psychology researchers form the critical partnerships that allow for such mutually beneficial collaborations? Andrea Dinneen , Senior Behavioral...Read more

Filed under: Conferences
Feb 07, 2019
A group of girls work on a computer task together

Why are some careers still segregated by gender? Given the political and social equality women have achieved, it is surprising that that there are still so few women in science, technology, math, and engineering (STEM), and other high-earning positions. On the surface, this discrepancy suggests that men and women are simply better suited for, and want to work in different fields. Canada Research...Read more

Filed under: Conferences
Feb 07, 2019
a couple dressed warmly in front of a fire in a fireplace snuggle close together

The early days of romantic relationships are like a blazing fire: partners share a great deal of passion, have high levels of sexual desire, and engage in sex frequently. But partners’ sex lives may change as their relationships progress, with sexual frequency and desire often waning over time. Although this is a common experience in long-term relationships, it is not without its consequences:...Read more

Filed under: Conferences
Aug 28, 2017
Image of attendees of University of California Well-Being Conference 2017

The first ever University of California Well-Being Conference (UCWBC), sponsored in part by a SPSP Small Conference Grant, provided a unique opportunity for researchers across the University of California (UC) system to connect and share their latest findings and insights on the science of well-being. Held at UC Riverside from March 3–5, 2017, and co-hosted by Dr. Ye Li at the UC Riverside School...Read more

Filed under: Conferences
Apr 12, 2017
Feature Image

By Sanaz Talaifar and Sam Gosling Does your research area deserve more attention? Do you want to bring together scholars, policymakers, and/or practitioners to exchange ideas about a specific research topic or problem? If so, the SPSP Small Conference Grant could be a great opportunity for you. For us, the Small Conference Grant served as a catalyst to explore a topic that had long faded from the...Read more

Filed under: Conferences

Pages