Submitted by BlogEditor on Mon, 02/06/2017 - 15:11
“Black people don’t go to therapy, Joan; we go to church.” So says one woman to her struggling friend on the TV sitcom Girlfriends after her friend admits that she wants to find a therapist. This moment captures an important insight: Identities, like race, gender, and socioecomonic status, are linked to health behaviors. The behaviors that people choose to engage in to promote their health are shaped by what identities come to mind and the strategies for improving health that are linked to those identities.
Submitted by BlogEditor on Sun, 01/22/2017 - 07:08
On our final day in San Antonio, check out the convention through the social media accounts of our attendees. Saturday's highlights included Ravenna Helson, our 2017 Legacy Award Winner and a community discussion, "What Now?
Submitted by BlogEditor on Mon, 03/20/2017 - 15:18
Student Poster Award Winners Jessica Gamburg, Rima Touré-Tillery, & Y. Jin Youn were invited to write a post for the blog.
By Jessica Gamburg
After making a new acquaintance, how do we choose whether to pursue a friendship with that person? And what role do our own important goals—e.g., weight loss, physical fitness, abstinence from alcohol—play in behaviors surrounding the formation of new friendships?
Submitted by BlogEditor on Sat, 01/21/2017 - 18:25
Researchers are split over guilt. Many of them think that guilt is negative—it feels bad, it’s related to poor functioning, and it’s something we should reduce in our lives. (That may be your assessment, too.)
But another group of researchers suggests that guilt is good. It leads people to take actions to repair relationships and engage in prosocial behavior. Our attempts to get rid of guilt lead to good behavior—and ultimately the guilt experience and response is positive.
Submitted by BlogEditor on Sat, 01/21/2017 - 18:19
As challenging as it may be to publish research in leading psychology journals it’s something that researchers signed up for and know how to do, even if it doesn’t always feel that way. Sharing their findings with their academic colleagues via peer reviewed publications is what they signed up for. When it comes to sharing their findings with a popular audience, many academics find themselves out of their comfort zone and, despite good intentions, find it difficult to navigate publication in the popular media effectively.
Submitted by BlogEditor on Sat, 01/21/2017 - 08:03
Friday at the Annual Convention started early with a 5K Fun run and walk, followed by the opening Presidential Plenary, "Social and Personality Psychology in Industry: What Next?." Attendees experienced a busy day of scientific sessions, a towhn hall forum, careeer networking and receptions. Even for those attending convention, there's so much to see it's hard to get to everything.
Submitted by BlogEditor on Fri, 01/20/2017 - 19:31
Anyone who has been to the doctor recognizes that medical diagnoses and treatments are embedded in a social context. Patients are influenced not only by what tests are performed and what treatments are suggested, but how the doctor communicates the results of these tests makes recommendations, and engages with patients. How can we use the social context to improve healthcare?
Submitted by BlogEditor on Fri, 01/20/2017 - 16:30
We make rapid, intuitive judgments of others frequently—but what happens when they turn out to be wrong? How do we update them? In his talk “Perceived Frequency Governs Impression Updating” at the symposium “First Impressions: When are They Updated? When are They Maintained?” Peter Mende-Siedlecki presented behavioral and neuroscientific evidence examining what information changes our minds about other people.
Submitted by BlogEditor on Fri, 01/20/2017 - 08:58
On Thursday, the 18th Annual Convention kicked off in San Antonio with preconferences, receptions, and the awards ceremony. Even for those who do make it to the convention, there's so much to see it's hard to get to everything. Here's a recap of some of the things you may have missed. View on Storify.
Submitted by BlogEditor on Thu, 01/19/2017 - 20:44
“Wealth equals health” has been a commonly accepted principle for decades. Beginning in 1967, the classic Whitehall studies revealed that higher-class British civil servants had lower risks of mortality from a wide range of diseases