Symposia Guide: Can’t We All Just Get Along?

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With Congress divided and ongoing national debates concerning race and class, research exploring social networks and intergroup relations has the potential to lend a unique perspective to the public discourse. What can Congress, corporations and communities learn from social psychology?

Symposium S-A1

Let’s Get Connected: New and Untapped Routes to Social Connection
Friday, February 14, 2014, 9:45 AM – 11:00 AM, Ballroom D
Chair: Amit Kumar, Cornell University
Co-Chair: Thomas Gilovich, Cornell University
Speakers: Amit Kumar, Tanya L. Chartrand, Nicholas Epley, Lalin Anik

This session investigates promising insights into how humans can connect with others. We provide empirical evidence for how experiential consumption and behavioral mimicry act as potential paths to social connectedness, discuss how people may mistakenly seek solitude instead of connection, and explore how connecting others with each other promotes well-being. View Abstracts

Symposium S-B2

Interpersonal Processes in the Context of Social Networks
Friday, February 14, 2014, 11:15 AM – 12:30 PM, Room 19
Chair: Grace Jackson, UCLA

Interpersonal processes take place within relationships that are themselves embedded in broader social networks. The work presented in this symposium draws upon recent developments in social network analysis to examine how specific interpersonal processes “self-disclosure, drinking, marriage, and attachment” interact with the social networks in which they take place. View Abstracts

Symposium S-B3

The essence of intergroup conflict: Psychological essentialism in the intergroup processes we thought we already understood
Friday, February 14, 2014, 11:15 AM – 12:30 PM, Ballroom G
Chair: Ariana Bell, University of California, Los Angeles

This symposium highlights how psychological essentialism shapes intergroup relations. Across four papers we document that essentialist beliefs decrease the quality of children’s cross-ethnic interactions, increase adult acceptance of bullying among adolescents, and accommodate divergent motivations of different group members. Implications for research on intergroup conflict throughout the lifespan are discussed. View Abstracts

Symposium S-B7

Sizing Each Other Up: Interpersonal Dynamics in Negotiations
Friday, February 14, 2014, 11:15 AM – 12:30 PM, Ballroom A
Chair: Daniel Ames, Columbia University

Negotiation is a dynamic social process that requires parties to calibrate their approach to shifting perceptions of their counterpart to achieve desired outcomes. This symposium examines how key behaviors and characteristics that influence negotiators’ impressions of their counterparts sway the course of negotiation and produce lingering downstream effects. View Abstracts

Symposium S-E9

Automatic Ethics: Exploring the Relationship between Cognitive Resources and Prosocial Behavior
Saturday, February 15, 2014, 9:45 AM – 11:00 AM, Room 18 C/D
Chair: Peter Meindl, University of Southern California
Co-Chair: Jesse Graham, University of Southern California

Is prosocial behavior best achieved via cognitive resources and deliberative thinking, or by quick and automatic responses? Recent research supports both views. In this symposium we explore both possibilities and offer empirical resolutions to current discrepancies in the literature. View Abstracts

Symposium S-F10

The role of interpersonal processes in group phenomena and cultural development
Saturday, February 15, 2014, 11:15 AM – 12:30 PM, Room 19
Chair: Andreana Kenrick, Princeton University
Co-Chair: Stacey Sinclair, Princeton University

The research in this symposium uses diverse methodologies to demonstrate how isolated and ongoing interpersonal encounters strengthen and shape intergroup attitudes and behaviors, influence the emergence of and adherence to group norms, and, ultimately, how the spread of ideas through a social network and over time can shape culture. View Abstracts

Symposium S-G4

From Glue to Gasoline: How the Very Same Processes that Bind People Together Can Also Tear them Apart
Saturday, February 15, 2014, 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM, Ballroom G
Chair: Adam Galinsky, Columbia University

Perspective-taking, similarity, face-to-face contact, and flattery are often the glue that binds people together. We propose that competitive contexts transform these very same processes into gasoline being poured onto a burning fire: they can inflame already aroused competitive impulses, leading people to engage in more rather than less competitive behavior. View Abstracts

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