Symposia Guide: Big Issues, Big Ideas

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9 symposia discussing research surrounding the big social and political issues that face our country today–gender inequality, class and status differences, racism and prejudice, environmental sustainability, among others.

Symposium S-D3

Why Haven’t we Shattered the Glass Ceiling? Covert and Subtle Biases Impeding Equality in the Workplace
Friday, February 14, 2014, 3:30 PM – 4:45 PM, Ballroom E/F
Chair: Lily Jampol, Cornell University
Co-Chair: Vivian Zayas, Cornell University

Although gender equality has improved and explicit endorsement of sexism has declined, barriers to the advancement of women in the workplace remain. This symposium presents the latest developments on how covert biases like reactive sexualization, shifting standards, implicit stereotypes, and unequal communication impede gender equality in subtle yet impactful ways. View Abstracts

Symposium S-E3

The View From the Top: How Group Dominance Shapes the Psychological Experience
Saturday, February 15, 2014, 9:45 AM – 11:00 AM, Ballroom B/C
Chair: L Taylor Phillips, Stanford University
Co-Chair: Brian Lowery, Stanford University

Dominant group membership can subtly affect individuals’ beliefs and behaviors, with profound implications for society. Dominant group membership is associated with pro-gun attitudes; heightened moral standards by which subordinate group members are judged; reduced commitment to reciprocity norms; and increased perceptions of personal adversity, undermining support for redistributive social policies. View Abstracts

Symposium S-F3

Are conservatives really from Mars and liberals from Venus? The psychological processes underlying individual differences in morality and ideology.
Saturday, February 15, 2014, 11:15 AM – 12:30 PM, Room 17
Chair: Jeremy Frimer, University of Winnipeg
Co-Chair: Linda Skitka, University of Illinois, Chicago

Ideological clashes over gun control, abortion, and foreign wars give the impression that, morally speaking, conservatives are from Mars and liberals are from Venus. Relying on personality, motivational, and cognitive approaches, this symposium investigates the basic processes underlying ideological moral conflicts. The result is a surprising amount of common ground. View Abstracts

Symposium S-F9

The Sociality of Sustainability: How (and When) Groups Impact Environmental Cognition and Behavior
Saturday, February 15, 2014, 11:15 AM – 12:30 PM, Room 18 C/D
Chair: Adam Pearson, Pomona College
Co-Chair: Jonathon Schuldt, Cornell University

With sustainability increasingly understood as a fundamentally social challenge, illuminating both individual and social forces that hinder and promote sustainable policies and practices is imperative. Four papers chart the role of group processes in environmental cognition and behavior and highlight a path to a more cooperative and inclusive green movement. View Abstracts

Symposium S-G3

Caught in the Middle: “In-Between” Groups Elicit Distinct Patterns of Attitudes
Saturday, February 15, 2014, 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM, Ballroom B/C
Chair: Sara Burke, Yale University

These talks illustrate a rarely-acknowledged constellation of attitudes toward social groups who fall between other recognized groups. Not all “in between” groups are alike, but examples related to race, gender identity, sexual orientation, and mental illness highlight some reasons why examining intermediate cases is crucial for understanding prejudice. View Abstracts

Symposium S-H1

Racism: Theories, measurements, and consequences
Saturday, February 15, 2014, 3:30 PM – 4:45 PM, Ballroom D
Chair: Jon Krosnick, Stanford University
Co-Chair: Tobias Stark, Stanford University and Utrecht University

Understanding racial attitudes is essential for our ability to measure prejudice, reduce racial prejudice, and prevent negative consequences for minorities’ well being. This symposium brings together recent research on theories and measurement of racial prejudice, people’s motivation to express their attitudes, and negative consequences for the targets of prejudice. View Abstracts

Symposium S-I3

Group identity and prejudice: New findings from an implicit social cognitive perspective
Saturday, February 15, 2014, 5:00 PM – 6:15 PM, Ballroom G
Chair: Travis Carter, Colby College

This symposium presents an implicit cognition perspective on how group identity predicts prejudice. In particular, the work presented advances psychological findings that racial and national identities shape a wide spectrum of intergroup attitudes and behaviors. We focus on how group identities and cues predict ingroup prejudice subtly and unintentionally. View Abstracts

Symposium S-I7

The Psychology of Ingroup-Outgroup Distinctions in the Aftermath of Terrorism
Saturday, February 15, 2014, 5:00 PM – 6:15 PM, Room 19
Chair: Nour Kteily, Harvard University
Co-Chair: Sarah Cotterill, Harvard University

We investigate how acute outgroup threats affect the ways individuals delimit their group boundaries and psychologically distance outgroups. We show how threat contributes to greater restrictiveness in ascribing ingroup characteristics, more stereotypical outgroup characterizations, and the valuing of security over civil liberties. We describe an intervention that mitigates these effects. View Abstracts

Symposium S-I9

Ubiquity of Social Hierarchies: How Status, Class, and Power shape Behavioral and Neural Processes in Multiple Social Contexts
Saturday, February 15, 2014, 5:00 PM – 6:15 PM, Ballroom B/C
Chair: Matthias Gobel, University College London
Co-Chair: Heejung Kim, University of California at Santa Barbara

Presenting findings from multiple perspectives and cultures, this symposium demonstrates the ubiquitous role of hierarchies in shaping social life. It draws novel pictures of how different forms of hierarchy including status, class, or power impact social interactions at multiple levels: from the physiological and neural to the cognitive and behavioral. View Abstracts

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