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eDialogue: December 18, 2017

Image of Art Markman over an illustrated protest scene
Why Do People Protest?

University of Texas at Austin Professor Art Markman’s interest in trying to understand the factors that motivate people led him to the question: What makes people want to protest?

Announcing the 2018 SAGE Young Scholars!
These annual awards recognize outstanding work by young researchers in the field of personality and social psychology. Congratulations to everyone!
Apply for an SPSP Community Catalyst Grant
Applications for this grant close January 1, 2018. An SPSP member can receive up to $1,500 to assist in their efforts to host an event that supports member diversity.
Apply for the European Association of Social Psychology Summer School
A central activity of the European Association, the EASP Summer School provides a unique educational opportunity for students to learn about theory, methodology, and research design in social psychology. SPSP will select five students for the next session taking place this summer in Zurich, Switzerland. The application portal for SPSP members is available through January 15.
What Do You Want to See in This Newsletter?
Have a great idea for SPSP member newsletter content, or want to contribute? Reach out!


Convention Updates
Join Us for SPlish SPlash – the 2018 Welcome Reception at Georgia Aquarium!
Don’t miss your chance to mingle and network with convention attendees at one of Atlanta’s most popular attractions on Thursday night, March 1, from 7:30 – 10:00 PM. Advance tickets are $30 ($15 for students) and include full admission to all galleries and exhibits, a drink ticket, and hors d’oeuvres. Group tickets are available. Contact Nate Wambold at for more details.
#SPSP2018 Online Program and Mobile App Now Available
View the online program, create your custom schedule, browse professional development sessions or plan which receptions to attend. It’s now all available online here.
Sign Up for an #SPSP2018 Mentoring Event
These small-group sessions with our subject matter experts and thought leaders provide a unique opportunity to gain insights into the worlds of academia, research, and publishing, and other career-related topics. Space is limited and preregistration is required, so don’t wait to sign up for your preferred event.
Career Networking at #SPSP2018
With over 3,000 attendees expected in Atlanta this March, the convention provides a great opportunity for leaders to interview or network with highly skilled and motivated candidates for current and future positions. Accepted listings will be visible through the online program and mobile app for attendees to view and contact you. Submit your listing today!
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Sign Up for #SPSP2018 Deep Dive Workshops before January 5!
Looking for a more in-depth, hands-on learning experience during the convention? These longer workshop sessions give you the opportunity to dig deeper on a specific topic and gain practical knowledge and skills in the process. There is no additional cost to attend, but space is limited and pre-application is required, so don’t wait to sign up!
Register for #SPSP2018 Before the Early Bird Deadline!
Register today for the 2018 Annual Convention in Atlanta! Discounted registration fees are offered until January 15. Also, some of this year’s preconferences are reaching capacity, so register soon to get your top choice.
Small Grant Competition Returns to Annual Convention
Inside the Grant Panel (formerly known as Q&pAy) will take place on Saturday, March 3 at our convention in Atlanta. Open to any current SPSP member or student, the winner will receive $5,000 for their research and two runners-up will each receive $2,500. Applications close January 12, 2018. To be eligible, you or your co-applicant must be able to attend the convention.
Secure Your #SPSP2018 Housing
This year’s convention will be held entirely at our adjoining host hotels – the Hyatt Regency and Marriott Marquis. Housing in the discounted block is getting very limited, so secure your room quickly.
Join the #SPSP2018 Twitter Team!
Coming to Atlanta? Do you love tweeting science? Share your excitement leading up to and during convention. We’ll ask you to tweet your perspectives leading up to and from the convention sessions.
Community Updates
Member Spotlight: Sylvia Perry
This month we chat with Dr. Sylvia Perry, assistant professor with the Department of Psychology at Northwestern University. Her research investigates how biases are learned, how biased beliefs can “spread,” and how people who admit their biases are perceived by others.
SPSP Member Michael LaFerney Receives BSU Alumni Award
Michael LaFerney, a registered nurse, mental health counselor and adjunct professor of psychology at Quincy College in Quincy, MA, has received the 2017 Dr. Marilyn White Barry Graduate Alumni Award from his alma mater, Bridgewater State University. Congratulations Michael!
Making Research Matter: A Psychologist's Guide to Public Engagement
Edited by University of Massachusetts Amherst professor and SPSP member Linda Tropp, this newly released volume features many leading researchers from our field. It is designed as a 'how-to' guide for academics who seek to become more engaged with public audiences.
Apply Today! APA-Sponsored Fellowships in Public Policy
Experience policy-making on the front lines of Washington. Spend a year on Capitol Hill or with one of the executive branch science agencies as an APA-sponsored fellow. Placement opportunities include NIH, NSF, DOE and DOJ. Or work on the staff of a member of Congress or with a congressional committee. Hurry – the deadline for all applicants is January 5, 2018.
We Want to Share Your News
Share your news with the SPSP community, whether it’s professional (a new job, book, or award) or personal (a wedding, children, or the passing of a colleague).
News Center
Are Men Seen As ‘More American’ Than Women?
With men traditionally holding more political seats in the United States, two studies set out to explore the question – are men perceived as “more American” than women?
How to Combat Racial Bias: Start in Childhood
As we learn more about how certain biases take hold, can we combat them in children if we intervene early?
People Perceive Sex Ratio and Threat of Group in Less Than a Second
Research shows that the size and sex ratio of a group will influence how threatened a person feels.
Tell Us About Your Research
If you’ve recently been in the news, have research you want to share with the media, or are interested in writing for our blog, please email SPSP’s Public & Media Relations Manager at the link above!
Upcoming Events
2/4 - 2/5/18: Winter School “Competing or cooperating: human interaction in times of social and economic instability”, University of Padova (Italy)
4/4 - 4/5/18: 2018 Consortium of European Research on Emotion (CERE) conference, Glasgow, Scotland
6/7 - 6/9/18: Behavioral Decision Research in Management 2018, Harvard Business School, Harvard University
Career Center
★ Tenure-Track Position in Social PsychologyBrock University
★ Assistant Professor - Social PsychologyUWL
★ Professor in Quantitative Social PsychologyDurham University
Additional Job Openings
Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Human Ecology Lab, Northwestern University
Academic Positions: Assistant/Associate Professor, Carnegie Mellon University
Post-Doc in Management & Organizations, Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan
One-time translation needed (independent contractor), Humu Inc
Open Rank: Assistant, Associate or Full Professor, Columbia University
Assistant or Associate Professor of Marketing, Consumer Behavior, University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management
Postdoctoral Position at New York University, New York University
Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
2 PhD Positions at the intersection Psychology/Behavioral Economics, University of Copenhagen
2018-2019 Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Applicants, University of Michigan
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