Department of Psychology
Department of Psychology

Psychology faculty and students speak, chair symposia, receive awards at SPSP conference

Fri, February 8, 2013

Social psychology professors and students attended the 14th annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP) in New Orleans in January 2013. 

They participated in several symposia, including The Three Faces of T: Linking Testosterone to Sex, Empathic Inaccuracy, and Mental Illness (Robert Josephs, Co-Chair, speaker);  The Benefits and Burdens of Cross-Group Interactions (Marlone Henderson, Chair, speaker);  Life is an Adventure in Forgiveness: Surprising Lessons in Giving and Gaining Forgiveness (Graduate student Gili Freedman, Chair, speaker; Jennifer Beer, Co-Chair, speaker).

Graduate student Lindsay Graham was one of the speakers at a symposium titled Harvesting and Distilling Big Data in the Information Age: Applications and Advances in Social and Personality Psychology. She co-authored studies with Samuel Gosling investigating how closely the information we disclose online mirrors who we are offline. An article about research in online communications is posted on the SPSP web site, describing studies by Lindsay Graham, Sam Gosling and more.

Read article, From Bullying to Relationships: Mapping Our Online Communications

The Society also honored Dr. James Pennebaker with two awards at the conference: the 2012 Distinguished Scholar Award, and the 2012 Book Prize for the Promotion of Social and Personality Science, for his book The Secret Life of Pronouns: What our Words Say About Us.

Next year’s SPSP conference will be held in Austin on Feb. 13-15.

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