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SPSP 2017

When Social Status is Bad for Health

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By Cynthia Levine

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

Why Your Identity Matters

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“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.

SPSP 2017 Day Three on Twitter

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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?

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Making Friends While Pursuing Goals

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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?

The Goodness of Guilt: Problems Measuring the Mind

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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. 

SPSP 2017 Day Two on Twitter

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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.

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Improving Healthcare by Harnessing the Social Context

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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?

It’s Not What’s Good—It’s What’s New

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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. 

SPSP 2017 on Twitter

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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.

 

 

 

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