Saturday, June 29, 2019
York U Magazine recently interviewed PhD candidate Joshua Quinlan's research on absurd humour, and released the article "A load of bull: The science of claptrap". You can read the article here!
Friday, June 14, 2019
Graduate student Kashmala Qasim (supervisor: Dr. Michaela Hynie) won the John Berry award for best paper in the International/Cross-Cultural section at the meeting for the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA)!
Awesome work, Kashmala!
Wednesday, June 05, 2019
We're proud of you Jorida!
Monday, June 03, 2019
Raymond Mar was recently awarded the Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award, from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. This prestigious award is given to researchers honoured for their outstanding research record.
Excellent work, Raymond!
Wednesday, May 01, 2019
Our very own Amy Muise was recently awarded the prestigious York Research Chair for her research in the maintenance of sexual desire and relationship satisfaction in romantic relationships.
Amazing work, Amy!
Thursday, March 21, 2019
We welcomed Dr. Adam Waytz on March 4th for our final invited research talk of the year at our weekly Social-Personality Colloquium Series (Brownbag).
The name of his talk was "Humans and Machines". Please see his website for more details about his research!
Abstract: Everyday life is increasingly human-less, with robotic technology replacing human jobs and performing tasks previously reserved for humans. This talk will explore the psychological implications of an automated world and will address such questions as: whether online technology helps or hurts empathy, how anthropomorphism influences people’s trust and blame toward a self-driving car, how to mitigate discomfort over robots replacing human jobs, and why awareness of automation’s effect on employment increases negative sentiment toward immigrants. Together, this research suggests the importance of considering the psychological consequences of automation alongside its economic and technological consequences.
Monday, March 04, 2019
Fresh from Reading Week, on February 25th, 2019 we welcomed Dr. Yoel Inbar from the University of Toronto to give a fascinating talk at our weekly Social-Personality Colloquium Series (Brownbag).
The name of his talk was "Attitudes Towards Genetically Modified Food and Other Controversial Scientific Technologies". Please see his website for more details about the research conducted in his lab.
Abstract: New technologies in agriculture, reproduction, medicine, and elsewhere can provide significant social benefits, but may also pose significant risks. Consequently, it is important to understand which technologies will be adopted or rejected by the public and why. I first examine opposition to genetic modification (GM) technology in the food domain. In a survey of U.S. residents representative of the population on gender, age, and income, 64% opposed GM, and 71% of GM opponents (45% of the entire sample) were “absolutely” opposed—that is, they agreed that GM should be prohibited no matter the risks and benefits. “Absolutist” opponents were more disgust sensitive in general and more disgusted by the consumption of genetically modified food than were non-absolutist opponents or supporters. I then discuss new research in which I examine underlying regularities in laypeople’s technology evaluations. I provide evidence for underlying regularities in technology evaluations, such that evaluations of superficially quite different technologies tend to cohere across individuals. Dimension reduction of people’s ratings of a wide range of technologies recovers three groups, which I label Contaminating, Playing God, and Mainstream. Attitudes towards these groups of technologies: (1) are associated with distinct individual differences; (2) are differentially affected by a manipulation of deliberative processing; (3) fall into distinct areas of a psychological risk perception space.