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!

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

York U Representation @ SPSP and AP-LS 2018 !


As usual, York U was well-represented at the Annual Meeting for the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP) in the peachy city of Atlanta, Georgia that ran from March 1-3, 2018.

See below for our faculty and graduate student presentations!

Amy Muise - Close Relationships Pre-Conference
Keeping The Spark Alive: Self-Expansion in Relationships (link)

Meghan George
Implicit Bias Following Social Exclusion (Finalist for Student Poster Award!)

Joshua Guilfoyle

Transgressor's Willingness to Apologize: The Effects of Social Power and Perspective Taking (link)

Francine Karmali
Race and Body Cues: The Effects of Posture on Perception of Blacks

Heewon Kwon  - Advances in Cultural Psychology Pre-Conference
Public Perceptions of the Model Minority Stereotypes

Christina Lapytskaia 
The Effects of Racialized Police Violence on Racial Attitudes

Ronda Lo - Advances in Cultural Psychology Pre-Conference
Culture and Social Comparison in a Sibling Context: The Ambivalence of Sibling Differentiation

Joshua Quinlan
The Effect of Expectation and Intention on the Appreciation of Absurd Humour

Elysia Vaccarino
Shifting Perceptions of Prejudice and Apathy

Elizabeth van Monsjou
A Qualitative Analysis of Harbouring Grudges

Ashley Weinberg

Implicit Academic Stereotyping Among Black and Non-Black Children

Alexandria West
The Social Consequences of Switching Between Cultures

Model SP graduate students commencing the end of SPSP 2018 by posing in front of the lovely SPSP peach.


In addition to SPSP, the American Psychology-Law Society (AP-LS) Annual Conference happened shortly afterwards on March 8-10, 2018, in Memphis, Tennessee, where two of our own students successfully presented their research (see below!).

Caroline Erentzen 
Exploring the Dark Figure of Hate: A Comparison of Official Police Reports and Private Victimization Experiences

Alisha Salerno
Police Response to Developmental Disability

Conferences as usual!


Tuesday, February 06, 2018

Ashley Weinberg elected to SPSP Student Committee

Ashley Weinberg, a Ph.D candidate working with Prof. Jennifer Steele was recently elected to serve as SPSP Student Committee member-at-large. For more information on the SPSP Student Committee, click here.

Ashley Weinberg, M.A.

Publicly written statement from Ashley to SPSP membership:
My name is Ashley Weinberg and I was recently elected to serve as SPSP Student Committee member-at-large. In this position I intend to help SPSP student members garner a strong sense of belonging within SPSP and the larger psychological community. I aim to foster natural and genuine connections between student members and the SPSP membership body by realistically addressing hurdles that often prevent this from happening. I will pursue these goals by (1) using feedback from students to respond to these impediments, (2) working to acknowledge concerns specific to diverse student members—especially minority and international students, and (3) providing positive and informal opportunities for networking with other students and more established SPSP members. As SPSP member-at-large I plan to implement and initiate programs and work focused on building academic community and attending to the diverse needs of this community.

Monday, January 08, 2018

Katrina Fong accepts position at Explorer Research

Katrina Fong, who just recently graduated with her Ph.D in Social & Personality Psychology from York U just accepted a position as a Research Analyst at Explorer Research, a biometric market research firm.

We wish Katrina luck in her new position!

Katrina Fong, Ph.D

Monday, December 11, 2017

Taryn Nepon successfully defends PhD Dissertation

Taryn Nepon defended her PhD Dissertation entitled: "Trait Perfectionism and Perfectionistic Self-Presentation in Psychological Distress: The Mediational Role of Self-Image Goals" on December 7th, 2017.

Way to go Taryn!!

Taryn Nepon

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Joana Katter successfully defends PhD Dissertation

Joana Katter defended her PhD Dissertation entitled: "An Examination of Economic Stress and its Impact on Financial Risk-taking Through Perceptions of Control" on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 .

Great work Joana!

Joana Katter

Monday, December 04, 2017

Brownbag: Dr. Brett Ford (U of Toronto)

The Social-Personality Colloquium Series (Brownbag) was pleased to feature Dr. Brett Ford who gave a talk titled: Striving to Feel Good: The Costs and Benefits of Emotion Regulation

For more information, visit Dr. Ford's website or contact her directly.

Dr. Brett Ford
ABSTRACT: Emotion regulation has been shown to have many benefits across affective, cognitive, social and even physiological outcomes. In spite of the wide-spread benefits of emotion regulation, however, emotion regulation may also have unintended negative consequences within particular contexts. One particularly salient context is the realm of political action (e.g., volunteering, donating, protesting), which can be fuelled by negative emotions. Because people often strive to repair such emotions, effective forms of emotion regulation (e.g., cognitive reappraisal) could have the unintended consequence of hindering action. We tested this hypothesis using correlational, longitudinal, and experimental designs in six samples of Clinton voters after the 2016 U.S. general election. Overall, we found that individuals who used cognitive reappraisal to cope with their feelings about politics were less likely to engage in political action. An indirect effect was also observed such that cognitive reappraisal predicted lower negative emotion which in turn accounted for lower intentions to engage in political action. These results suggest that effective emotion regulation like reappraisal may be individually beneficial in the short-run by helping restore emotional well-being after upsetting political events but may also be collectively costly in the long-run by reducing the potential for productive political action.