Thursday, October 18, 2018

Brownbag: Dr. Igor Grossmann (U of Waterloo)

We were pleased to welcome Dr. Igor Grossmann from the University of Waterloo to give a talk at our weekly Social-Personality Colloquium Series (Brownbag). The name of his talk was "A Dual Standard Framework for Sound Judgement: The Rational and the Reasonable". Please see his lab website for more details about the research conducted in his lab.



Abstract: We show that people represent intellectual virtues through two distinct standards of judgmental competence: a standard of rationality that corresponds to economists’ definition of decontextualized rational self-interest, and a standard of reasonableness that corresponds to philosophical traditions encouraging context-specific balance of self-interest with fairness. These standards occur in common use of “rational”/”reasonable” terms in popular media, across several languages (English, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian) and in lay views on rationality and reasonableness. Both rationality and reasonableness are viewed as closely aligned with the prototype of an ideal person. Expectations for rational vs. reasonable actions vary: Reasonable persons are considered as warmer, fairer, and socially-considerate, whereas rational persons are considered as more competent, colder, and more analytic. Rational persons are expected to be more consistent in behavior across and within situations compared to reasonable persons. Reasonable persons are more likely to be subject to contextual influences (e.g., sunk cost fallacy). Further, experiments show that rationality and reasonableness lead people to different conclusions about what constitutes good judgment in dilemmas that pit self-interest against fairness: Rationality is absolute and self-maximizing, whereas reasonableness pays attention to particulars and fairness. Experimentally activating the rationality standard promotes self-serving decisions, whereas activating the reasonableness standard promotes fair decisions. The latter results occur both for college students, on-line samples of North Americans, non-Western samples of educated adults in Pakistan, street merchants, and samples primarily engaging in exchange (vs. market-) economy.



Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Welcome to new students and welcome back SP area!

The Social-Personality Area held a welcome back orientation event to start off the 2018-2019 year! Our orientation is a social event that kicks off the start of our colloquium brownbag series every Monday from 12:00 - 1:30pm.

We had catered lunch, and attendees brought a myriad of desserts. Exciting raffle prizes were also drawn throughout the event! 

Special welcome to our 3 new graduate students this year: Garrett (working with Ward Struthers) , Madeline (working with Kerry Kawakami), and Daniel (working with Esther Greenglass). We are also pleased to welcome 5 new post-doctoral fellows in our area this year: Chanel Meyers and Xia Fang (both working with Kerry Kawakami), and Rhonda Balzarini, Jessica Wood, and Mariko Visserman (all 3 working with Amy Muise). We also welcome Maika Telga, a visiting PhD student from the University of Granada (Spain) working with Kerry Kawakami in her lab this year.

Thank you to Esther Greenglass, and the SP Social Committee (Chantelle, Joana, Lisa, Daniel and Kashmala) for throwing a fantastic event!

Esther Greenglass welcoming new SP grad students Madeline, Daniel, and Garrett!


Friday, July 06, 2018

Caroline Erenzten Gives Interview for Online Publication on Mental Health Awareness

Caroline Erenzten, current PhD candidate in the social-personality area, recently gave a 2-part interview for Care For Your Mind, an online publication that centers on mental health awareness. She talked about her research on mental health awareness for men, the challenges of how to focus on men in mental health ads, and elaborated on other work done in this area. 

Check out both parts here and here !


Caroline Erenzten

Friday, June 22, 2018

Congratulations to the Psychology Undergraduate Awards recipients!


Congratulations to the hard working Psychology undergraduate students who are the recipients of the following undergraduate awards this year!

W.B. Templeton Honours Thesis Award

Amanda Bockaj, thesis entitled: "The benefits of sexual communal motivation for couples coping with low desire", supervised by our own S/P faculty member, Amy Muise!

Kuszyszyn Award for Originality

Alexis M. Fabricius, paper entitled: "Visually impaired women discuss personal safety to inform development of relevant violence prevention strategies", supervised by Alex Rutherford

Ivana Guglietti-Kelly Prize for Qualitative Research

Shalyn Isaacsm, paper entitled: "Exploring the impact of cultural values on the mental health and help-seeking behaviours of first and second generation South Asians", supervised by Alex Rutherford

CPA (Canadian Psychological Association) Awards of Excellence

Amanda Bockaj (see thesis title above)

Rebecca Hudes, thesis entitled: "The impact of memory intervention programs on subjective outcomes in healthy older adults: A systematic review and meta-analysis", supervised by Jill Rich

David Herman, paper entitled: "How and when do parents discuss race with their children?: A literature review of parent's racial and socialization practices in black and white families", supervised by our own S/P faculty member, Jennifer Steele!

Richard Goranson Memorial Psychology Honours Thesis Poster Award

1st place: Marette Abdelmaseh, thesis entitled: "Caregiver relationship styles as a moderator for the association between caregiver behaviours and children's pain-related distress", supervised by Rebecca Pillai-Riddell

2nd place: Amanda Bockaj (see thesis title above)


Special thanks to our own S/P faculty Raymond Mar for being on the adjudication committee and Esther Greenglass for volunteering!

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Francine Karmali accepts post-doctoral position at UofT with Dr. Elizabeth Paige-Gould



Francine Karmali, who works with Dr. Kerry Kawakami, has accepted a post-doctoral fellowship position with Dr. Elizabeth Paige-Gould at the University of Toronto, starting in January 2019.

Way to go Francine! It's a very exciting time for you, and we wish you all the best.


Francine Karmali

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Sandra Pyke Award winners Caroline Erentzen and Marina Rain & YUTSPA Conference

The annual York University-University of Toronto Social, Personality, and Abnormal Psychology Conference was held on May 16th, 2018 at York University. 

Every year at the YUTSPA conference, the Sandra Pyke Award is given to students who demonstrate graduate student excellence.

This year, both Caroline Erentzen (supervised by Prof. Regina Schuller) and Marina Rain (supervised by Prof. Raymond Mar) have won the 5th Annual Sandra Pyke Award!

Congratulations to both of you!

Prof. Regina Schuller and Caroline Erentzen
Prof. Raymond Mar and Marina Rain

In addition to our awardees, we also had 4 wonderful York student speakers at YUTSPA this year:

Kashmala Qasim
From hell to acceptance: The role of religion in coping with financial threat in Muslim Syrian refugees

Meghan George
It's not what you say, it's how you look when you say it: The role of nonverbal cues in apologies

Stephanie Raposo
Sexual economics: Does trading sex for resources influences satisfaction in romantic relationships

Elysia Vaccarino
Confronting prejudice and apathy: Shifting perceptions of targets and witnesses


Thursday, May 03, 2018

Amy Muise and Kerry Kawakami awarded and honoured!



In early April, Professor Amy Muise received Ontario's Early Researcher Award (valued at $100k, and matched with $50k by York U) for her research on how couples engaging in self-expanding activities may help maintain high romantic relationship satisfaction over time. 



Professor Amy Muise
On May 16th, Professor Kerry Kawakami will be honoured at "I am Psyched!", APA's (American Psychological Association) Asian Pacific American Heritage event. This event honours prominent women psychologists of Asian descent that have broken barriers in their professional careers. Prof. Kerry Kawakami is the editor of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology: Interpersonal Relations and Group Processes, and the first woman of Asian descent to serve as an editor of any APA journal.

Professor Kerry Kawakami


Congratulations to both Professor Amy Muise and Professor Kerry Kawakami!