Wegner Theoretical Innovation Prize
- Career Level:
- Single Contribution
The Daniel M. Wegner Theoretical Innovation Prize is a prize for a single outstanding contribution that recognizes the author of an article or book chapter judged to provide the most innovative theoretical contribution to personality and social psychology within a given year.
THIS YEAR’S RECIPIENT
The Daniel M. Wegner Theoretical Innovation Prize recognizes the author of an article or book chapter judged to provide the most innovative theoretical contribution to personality and social psychology within a given year.
Any kind of innovative theoretical contribution can be considered for the prize, including presentations of new theories, new theory-based integrations of disparate areas of inquiry, and significant extensions of existing theories to new areas of inquiry. Theoretical contributions are eligible for the prize regardless of whether they appear in stand-alone theoretical papers, within conceptually-based literature reviews, or in some other type of article or book chapter in which conceptual innovation is highlighted.
The Wegner prize recognizes theoretical articles that are especially likely to generate the discovery of new hypotheses, new phenomena, or new ways of thinking about the discipline of social/personality psychology. Theoretical contributions may be judged innovative and generative even before they have accumulated substantial empirical support. Therefore, an article may be judged worthy of the prize even if it runs the risk of empirical invalidation in the future. The emphasis of the prize is on a contribution's conceptual innovation and potential to motivate new research and further conceptual investigation, rather than on its current level of empirical support.
Recipients of this award receive a complimentary convention registration and a plaque, with acknowledgment at the annual Awards Ceremony held at the SPSP Annual Convention. This award was endowed by support from Worth Publishers through the Foundation for Personality and Social Psychology.
- Research: Theoretical advancement, demonstrated through theoretical insight that will have short-term and long-term value to the field
- Research: Published in a high-impact journal and likely to be highly cited
- Quality of writing for the general public: Demonstrated through organization, content, and mechanics of writing
- Recipients are the authors of eligible papers. Eligible papers must have been published in peer-reviewed journals or as book chapters during the calendar year prior to nomination. For example, to be nominated in 2023, the publication must have been printed in calendar year 2022. Papers and chapters still "in press" are not eligible.
- An electronic version of the nominated piece (in PDF or .doc format)
- A summary describing how the article fits the Rubric.
- If the nominated piece is a chapter and does not contain an abstract, a 150-word abstract must also be included
Psychologically Rich Life: Beyond Happiness and Meaning - Erin Westgate and Shige Oishi
The Effects of Gender Trouble: An Integrative Theoretical Framework of the Perpetuation and Disruption of the Gender/Sex Binary - Thekla Morgenroth and Michelle Ryan
Masculine Defaults: Identifying and Mitigating Hidden Cultural Biases - Sapna Cheryan, Hazel Rose Markus
Worldview Conflict and Prejudice - Mark Brandt, Jarret T. Crawford
Rethinking the nature of cruelty: The role of identity leadership in the Stanford Prison Experiment - Alex Haslam, Stephen Reicher, and Jay Van Bavel
The stigma of perceived irrelevance: An affordance-management theory of interpersonal invisibility - Rebecca Neel and Bethany Lassetter
Wise interventions: Psychological remedies for social and personal problems - Gregory Walton and Timothy Wilson
The behavioral ecology of cultural psychological variation - Oliver Sng, Steven Neuberg, Michael Varnum and Douglas Kenrick
State Authenticity as Fit to Environment: the Implications of Social Identity for Fit, Authenticity, and Self-Segregation - Toni Schmader and Constantine Sedikides
Beyond Sacrificial Harm: A Two-Dimensional Model of Utilitarian Psychology - Guy Kahane, Jim Everett, Brian Earp, Lucius Caviola, Nadira Faber, Molly Crockett, Julian Savulescu
The Cultural Evolution of Prosocial Religions - Will Gervais, Joseph Henrich, Rita McNamara, Ara Norenzayan, Azim Shariff, Edward Slingerland, Aiyana Willard
Transactive Goal Dynamics - Gráinne M. Fitzsimons, Eli J. Finkel, and Michelle van Dellen
Why self-control seems (but may not be) limited - Michael Inzlicht, Brandon Schmeichel & C. Neil Macrae
The Positive Consequences of Pain: A Biopsychosocial Approach - Brock Bastian, Jolanda Jetten, Matthew Hornsey & Siri Leknes
Of mice and men: What animal research can tell us about context effects on automatic responses in humans - Bertram Gawronski and Joseph Cesario
Action, outcome, and value: A dual-system framework for morality - Fiery Andrews Cushman
Mind Perception is the Essence of Morality - Kurt Gray, Liane Young & Adam Waytz
The Truth and Bias Model of Judgment - Tessa West & David Kenny
A Metaphor-Enriched Social Cognition - Mark J. Landau, Brian P. Meier & Lucas A. Keefer
When dreaming is believing: The (motivated) interpretation of dreams - Morewedge, C. K.
Thought speed, mood, and the experience of mental motion - Pronin, E. & Jacobs
On seeing human: A three-factor theory of anthropomorphism - Epley, N., Waytz, A., & Cacioppo, J. T.
How emotion shapes behavior: Feedback, anticipation, and reflection, rather than direct causation - Baumeister, R. F., Vohs, K. D., DeWall, N., & Zhang, L. (honorable mention)
A theory of unconscious though - Dijksterhuis, A. & Nordgren, L. F.
Optimizing assurance: The risk regulation system in relationships - Murray, S. L., Holmes, J. G., & Collins, N. L.
Separating multiple processes in implicit social cognition: The Quad Model of implicit task performance - Conrey, F. R., Sherman, J. W., Gawronski, B., Hugenberg, K., & Groom, C.
Honorable Mention: Attachment, self-esteem, worldviews, and terror management: Evidence for a tripartite security system - Hart, J., Shaver, P., & Goldenberg, J. L.
Why does social exclusion hurt? The relationship between social and physical pain - MacDonald, G., & Leary, M. R.
Socially situated cognition: Cognition in its social context - Smith, E. R., & Semin, G.
Honorable Mention: Acute stressors and cortisol responses: A theoretical integration and synthesis of laboratory research - Dickerson, S. S., & Kemeny, M. E.
Scientific creativity as constrained stochastic behavior: The integration of product, person, and process perspectives - Simonton, D. K.
Honorable Mention: Political conservatism as motivated cognition - Jost, J. T., Glaser, J., Kruglanski, A. W., & Sulloway, F. J.
The psychology of system justification and the palliative function of ideology - Jost, J. T., & Hunyady, O.
Embodiment in attitudes, social perception, and emotion - Niedenthal, P. M., Barsalou, L. W., Winkielman, P., Krauth-Gruber, S., & Ric, F.
Reflective and impulsive determinants of social behavior - Strack, F., & Deutsch, R.
Deviance regulation: A theory of action and identity - Blanton, H., & Christie, C.
Toward a structure- and process-integrated view of personality: Traits as density distributions of states - Fleeson, W.
Reconceptualizing individual differences in self-enhancement bias: An interpersonal approach - Kwan, V. S. Y., John, O. P., Kenny, D. A., Bond, M. H., & Robins, R. W.
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