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.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Dr. Hyunji Kim receives SSHRC funded Post-Doctoral Fellowship

Dr. Hyunji Kim is a postdoctoral researcher in Dr. Joni Sasaki’s lab. She has been awarded a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) postdoctoral fellowship for her research, "Self-enhancement and its consequences: a cultural psychological approach.” Her postdoctoral fellowship research will explore cultural and individual differences in self-perception as well as the consequences of self-enhancement using multiple methods.

She has also recently published two book chapters with Dr. Joni Sasaki and an article in the Journal of Personality.

Kim, H., & Sasaki, J. Y. (2017). Intercultural similarities and differences in personality development. In J. Specht (Ed), Personality development across the lifespan. San Diego, CA: Elsevier.

Kim, H., Nasiri, K., & Sasaki, J. Y. (2017). Culture and genetic influences on emotion: The role of motivational processes in gene-culture interactions. In T. Church (Ed), The Praeger handbook of personality across cultures. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger.

Kim, H., Schimmack, U., Oishi, S., & Tsutsui, Y. (in press). Extraversion and life satisfaction: A cross-cultural examination of student and nationally representative samples. Journal of Personality. doi:10.1111/jopy.12339

Dr. Hyunji Kim


Thursday, November 09, 2017

Alisha Salerno elected as CPA executive

Alisha Salerno, a Ph.D candidate working with Prof. Regina Schuller was recently elected as a student representative into the Executive of the Criminal Justice Psychology section of the CPA.

You can read more about the executive criminal justice section HERE.

Alisha Salerno, M.A.

Friday, November 03, 2017

Congratulations to our graduates

The Social-Personality Area is pleased to congratulate our most recent graduating students who convocated this October! Way to go! 

Masters of Arts (M.A.)

Nikan Eghbali (Supervisor: Struthers)


Justin Michel (Supervisor: Lalonde)


Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D)

Katrina Fong (Supervisor: Mar)


Monday, October 23, 2017

Kashmala receives grant award

York U S/P is pleased to announce that PhD student Kashmala Qasim, working with Prof. Michaela Hynie, has received $10,000 of funding from the Institute of Global Health Equity and Innovation at the University of Toronto.

The funded project is titled "Raising Mental Health Literacy", which is a community-based education and knowledge translation project that aims to increase mental health literacy among Muslins in the GTA through interactive workshops in faith-based groups on campus and places of worship.

Great work Kashmala!

PhD student Kashmala Qasim

Monday, October 16, 2017

Brownbag: Cendri Hutcherson (U of Toronto)

The Social-Personality Colloquium Series (Brownbag) was pleased to feature Dr. Cendri Hutcherson who gave a talk titled: Neurocomputational insights into social decision making, morality, and self-control

For more information, visit Dr. Hutcheson website or contact her directly.

Dr. Cendri Hutcherson




ABSTRACT: Selfish, unethical, and short-sighted decisions lie at the heart of some of society's most pressing problems, but it is unclear why people so often struggle to make good choices. Here, I show how a simple neurally-informed computational model of choice can generate novel insights into a wide range of difficult choices that are thought to depend on self-control, including healthy eating, altruistic choice, proxy decision-making, and moral behavior. The model makes a number of specific predictions, borne out by behavioral, EEG, and fMRI data, about how the brain constructs values for self and others and how such values can promote either success or failure in resisting temptation. It inspires new analytical methods for exploring the dynamics of choice and suggests a need to refine popular competitive dual-system models of choice in light of computational model predictions. Finally, it points to new ways to help people make better choices for themselves and others.