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Thanksgiving Feature

From the News Center


Community Updates

Convention News

Tips from SPSP Connect!

Featured Career Oppotunities

Career Center

Upcoming Events


Thanksgiving Feature

Psychology Tips for Black Friday Shopping

Image of woman holding colorful shopping bags The holiday shopping (and eating) season is upon us but before you run out to buy gifts, you may want to take a cue from social psychologists: Following some simple tips for gift giving could help your wallet, your energy levels, and your satisfaction with the holiday season.




From the News Center

How the Science of Human Behavior is Beginning to Reshape the US Government

President Obama eating a cheeseburger Back in September, President Barack Obama signed an executive order that marked a major turning point in the role that behavioral science plays in helping the federal government achieve policy goals.


Couples Who Have Sex Weekly Are Happiest

Image of a young couple embracing one another Some previous studies have claimed that more sex equals more happiness. But a new study, based on surveys of more than 30,000 Americans collected over four decades, is the first to find that association is not there after couples report having sex more than once a week on average.





Member Spotlight: Veronica Benet-Martinez, PhD

Veronica Benet-Martinez Headshot Dr. Benet-Martinez is best known for her research examining the interplay of culture and social-personality processes, particularly those pertaining to multicultural identity and experiences. This work has been funded by grants from the U.S., Spain, and the European Commission, and recognized by awards from APA’s divisions 9 and 52. She is an appointed SPSP Fellow, was an Associate Editor for JPSP (2009-2015), and continues to be an Editorial Board Member for several major social-personality psychology journals. Read SPSP’s interview with her


Follow @SPSPJobs on Twitter

SPSP Career Center logo Are you looking for a job in social and personality psychology? SPSP is here to help you get a leg up on the competition! Follow @SPSPJobs to get real-time tweets and updates on the newest postings in the SPSP Career Center.




Community Updates

A Book about Professoring: Practical Insights from the Science of Teaching and Learning

Image of "College Teaching" cover art Don Forsyth is happy to announce the publication of College Teaching: Practical Insights from the Science of Teaching and Learning last month. The book examines the psychological and interpersonal processes that maintain, enhance, and—in some cases—undermine learning, and offers both a general outlook as well as specific how-to recommendations.


We Want to Share Your News

Image of newspapers stacked Whether it’s professional (new job, book, award) or personal (wedding, children, passing of a colleague), let us help you share it with SPSP Members. Submit your announcement to be published in SPSP's Community Updates.




Covention News

Face the Sharks for $5,000

Q&pAy logo SPSP is excited to announce the kick off of Q&pAy, a LIVE small grants competition—a version of the ABC hit show “Shark Tank”—at the 2016 annual convention. Q&pAy showcase three small grant finalists pitching their grant proposals to a team of social and personality experts – the Sharks. In the end, they will pick a winner to receive a $5,000 grant for his/her research. If you are attending the convention and interested in participating, complete the online application by December 1st.

Register for Speed Data-ing

Image of a group of people speed dating at a table Find future collaborators, network with people who will be your colleagues for years to come, and perfect your “elevator speech” at the GSC Speed Data-ing event. Based on the standard speed-dating paradigm often used in relationship work, this event will afford you an opportunity to meet and chat with several small groups of your peers over the course of 45 minutes. Sign up now!


Secure Your Spot at Specialized Mentoring Events

Image of women engaging in a discussion Register for the GSC Mentoring Lunch, GASP Mentoring Lunch, and Early Career Happy Hour to ask questions, socialize, and network with mentors. Spaces for all events are limited so sign up soon. 




Reserve Your Hotel Room

Image of 90% Full graphic The SPSP Hotel Block is over 90% full. Be sure to reserve your room now while space is still available. If you are looking to save some money at SPSP's upcoming convention use our room-sharing portal and view the list of individuals looking for roommates to meet and connect with fellow SPSP members attending the convention.



Tips from SPSP Connect!

Mturk and Alternatives

"I was recently informed that's Mechanical Turk is now charging 40% to use its "workers", even for not-for-profit social science research. I recall a post some months back about petitioning the company to reduce that rate for people like us...can anyone tell me if that effort was successful?  Assuming that my information is accurate AND that Amazon declined to change its policies, has anyone identified alternatives to MTurk? Many thanks for any information"

Read the Open Forum responses on SPSP Connect!


Featured Career Opportunities

Postdoctoral Research Scientist in the Lifespan Development Psychology Lab

Brandeis University, Waltham, MA USA
Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position to work on longitudinal and intervention projects in the areas of personality, cognition, and health in adulthood. The position involves conducting research on multiple studies in an active lab... Read more

Assistant Professor in Social or Health Psychology

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC USA
Social Psychology and Cancer Research. The Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in Social or Health Psychology... Read more

Assistant Professor

University of Chicago Harris School, Chicago, IL USA
The Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago seeks applicants for a tenure-track position as an Assistant Professor whose research focuses on behavioral science (or closely related fields including behavioral economics, cognitive science, and social psychology) and whose work is relevant to public policy... Read more

Do you want to have a career opportunity featured in the SPSP Member Newsletter? Visit the SPSP Career Center to learn how.


Career Center

Research Director Position
UC Hastings Center for Work-Life Law
San Francisco, CA USA

Assistant Professor
Acadia University
Wolfville, Nova Scotia Canada

Assistant Professor, Behavioral Neuroscience
University of Montana
Missoula, MT USA

Senior Lecturer in Marketing
Olin Business School at Washington University
St. Louis, MO USA

Assistant Professor (Teaching Stream)
University of Toronto
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Tenure-Track Assistant Professor Position in Honors and Social Psychology
University of Massachusetts, Boston
Boston, MA USA

Social Science Researach Coordinator
Stanford University
Stanford, CA USA

Visiting Position in Experimental Social Psychology
Colby College
Waterville, ME USA

Two Tenure-Track Positions at the Rank of Assistant or Associate Professor
Texas Tech University
Lubbock, TX USA

More Opportunities
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Upcoming Events

The Society for Consulting Psychology International Congress and Mid-Winter Conference
February 4-7, 2015
Orlando, FL USA

The Society for Consulting Psychology International Congress and Mid-Winter Conference
February 4-7, 2016
Orlando, FL USA

96th Annual Meeting of the Southwestern Social Science Associate
March 23-26, 2016
Las Vegas, NV USA

Society for Australasian Social Psychologists (SASP) Annual Conference
March 31-April 2, 2016
Brisbane, Australia

The 2nd World Conference on Personality
March 31-April 4, 2016
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

15th Biennial Conference on Behavioral Decision Research in Management (BDRM)
June 9-11, 2016
Toronto, Canada