Tuesday, October 18, 2016

S/P Brownbag: Spike Lee (Rotman School of Management)

The Social-Personality Colloquium Series was pleased to feature Dr. Spike W.S. Lee who gave a talk titled: A theory of cleanliness: A sketch, some predictions, and implications for embodied processes.

For more information, please visit Spike's website or contact him directly.

Dr. Spike Lee, Joshua Guilfoyle, Prof. Amy Muise, and Francine Karmali

Abstract: Evidence abounds that with soap and wipes, people are not just removing germs and contaminants from their body, but also removing a variety of psychological residues from their mind. Yet no coherent account has been offered for how cleansing produces its diverse effects, rendering this area of work piecemeal and stagnant. The challenge here is that cleansing effects span numerous domains with little in common (e.g., moral behavior, post-decisional dissonance, luck-based risk taking). Is it possible to characterize them all in a unified framework? To address this problem, I have developed the Integrative Theory of Cleanliness. It identifies the essence of cleanliness and postulates 3 procedural components (comparison, separation, restoration), providing a mechanistic explanation for the domain-general nature of cleansing effects. It poses several challenges to conceptual metaphor theory—the dominant theory driving social psychological and consumer research on metaphorical influence. Most importantly, it reveals uncharted territory in the psychological space of cleanliness and makes a wide range of novel predictions. 

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

S/P Brownbag: Lorne Campbell (Western U) talks #OpenScience

The Social-Personality Colloquium Series was pleased to feature Dr. Lorne Campbell who gave a talk titled: What is Open Science and How do I do it?

You can view the slides and listen to the audio recording for this talk here.

For more information, please visit Lorne Campbell's website or contact him directly.

Dr. Lorne Campbell at York U

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Jorida Cila wins Sandra Pyke Award

Jorida Cila, a PhD Candidate supervised by Prof. Richard Lalonde in the S/P Psychology area, has won the 4th Annual Sandra Pyke Award!!

The Sandra Pyke Award recognizes graduate student excellence and is administered at the annual YUTSPA Conference.

Keep up the amazing work Jorida!!

Richard Lalonde and Jorida Cila

Thursday, September 22, 2016

SP Orientation and New Students

The Social-Personality Area at York University recently held our annual orientation to kick off the fall semester! Our orientation is the first of our colloquium brownbag series every Monday from 12:00-1:30pm.

This year everyone caught up from summer over a wonderful pot luck lunch. Attendees were also entered into random raffle draws for prizes. Special thanks to Dr. Esther Greenclass and Co. (Kristen Maki and Joana Katter) for organizing the event.

We also welcomed out new graduate students to the area. Welcome Ashley, Christina, and Rotem!

(Left to Right) Ashley, Christina, Rotem, and Esther Greenglass

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Alexandria and Regis graduate with their MA.

Alexandria West, supervised by Dr. Joni Sasaki, and Regis Caprara supervised by Dr. Kerry Kawakami successfully defended their theses and graduated with their Master's degrees!

Both Alexandria and Regis are continuing their research in the S/P program as PhD students. Congratulations to you both!

Alexandria West and Regis Caprara

Thursday, September 08, 2016

Justin Friesen accepts Tenure-track position at the University of Winnipeg

Dr. Justin Friesen, a post-doctoral researcher working with Dr. Kerry Kawakami at York U has accepted a tenure-track position at the University of Winnipeg.

Dr. Friesen is now Assistant Professor and Principle Investigator of the Motivation, Ideology, and Inequality Lab in the Department of Psychology at the University of Winnipeg. Way to go Justin!

You can read more about Justin Friesen's work and lab at HERE.

Dr. Justin Friesen

Monday, March 07, 2016

S/P Brownbag: Dr. Tae Hart (Ryerson)

The Social-Personality Colloquium Series was pleased to feature Dr. Tae Hart from Ryerson University.

She presented her talk "Psychological Effects of Gay and Bisexual Men’s Treatment for Prostate Cancer". 

Dr. Hart at York University

Dr. Hart completed a PhD in Clinical Psychology at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles and then held a National Institute of Mental Health postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University's School of Medicine. Dr. Hart is currently a professor in the Psychology department at Ryerson University. Her research focuses on psychological factors associated with adjustment to illness in chronically-ill individuals. Primarily, her work has investigated quality of life, psychological distress, and symptom burden in patients who have been diagnosed with cancer, multiple sclerosis, or gastrointestinal disorders.

For more information about Dr. Hart's research, please visit: http://www.ryerson.ca/psychmed/taehart/