Symposia Guide: Personal Relationships

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From parenthood to friendships to sex, these symposia present the latest research on personal relationships.

Symposium S-A2

Power and Close Relationships: The (In)Significance and Asymmetric Influence of Others in Goal Pursuit and Emotion
Friday, February 14, 2014, 9:45 AM – 11:00 AM, Ballroom A
Chair: Joe Magee, New York University
Co-Chair: Kristin Laurin, Stanford University

New theoretical insights and empirical evidence answer questions about how social power operates in close relationships. These new developments cover topics including how social power influences self-regulation and goal pursuit in the context of close relationships, reactions to conflict situations, and social comparison and emotions in relationships. View Abstracts

Symposium S-B11

The Devil Is in the Details: Revealing the Complexities of the Relationship Between Parenthood and Well-Being
Friday, February 14, 2014, 11:15 AM – 12:30 PM, Room 6
Chair: Kostadin Kushlev, University of British Columbia
Co-Chair: Katherine Nelson, University of California, Riverside

Is parenthood related to higher well-being? Any yes or no answer is likely to be overly simplistic and ignore the more interesting question of when parenthood is related to higher well-being. In this symposium, we demonstrate that parent’s well-being depends on demographic, psychological, and methodological factors. View Abstracts

Symposium S-B5

The social consequences of personality: New insights into mediating processes
Friday, February 14, 2014, 11:15 AM – 12:30 PM, Room 9
Chair: Mitja Back, University of Muenster
Co-Chair: Simine Vazire, Washington University, St. Louis

What are the processes underlying effects of personality on everyday social relationships? The current talks apply multiple methods (experience sampling, online diaries, round robin interactions) and capture four crucial processes (situation selection, person-situation interaction, behavioral expression, interpersonal judgment), thereby moving beyond description to explanation of the social consequences of personality. View Abstracts

Symposium S-F2

Being there when it counts: Chronic and situational influences on responsive behavior in close relationships
Saturday, February 15, 2014, 11:15 AM – 12:30 PM, Ballroom A
Chair: Denise Marigold, Renison University College at University of Waterloo

Being a responsive relationship partner means attending to and responding supportively to partners’ needs, concerns, and goals, which is critical for fostering relationship well-being. This symposium explores factors that influence people’s responsiveness to close others, and examines the discrepancy between the provider’s and recipient’s perceptions of responsive behavior. View Abstracts

Symposium S-H2

New Evidence for Responsiveness as an Organizing Construct in the Study of Relationships
Saturday, February 15, 2014, 3:30 PM – 4:45 PM, Ballroom A
Chair: Richard Slatcher, Wayne State University
Co-Chair: Heidi Kane, Wayne State University

Responsiveness is the process through which people attend to and respond supportively to close others. This symposium brings together cutting-edge research highlighting the implications of responsiveness for romantic relationships, parent-child relationships and physical health, providing compelling new evidence for responsiveness as a central, organizing construct in the study of relationships. View Abstracts

Symposium S-H4

The curse of instrumentality: Burdening, objectifying, and replacing instrumental others in relationships, health, and work

Saturday, February 15, 2014, 3:30 PM – 4:45 PM, Room 17
Chair: Juliana Schroeder, University of Chicago
Co-Chair: Ayelet Fishbach, University of Chicago

Being highly instrumental for others’ goals may have both beneficial and detrimental interpersonal consequences. Four papers explore these consequences: people rely more heavily on instrumental partners in relationships, objectify instrumental health providers, and replace instrumental workers with nonhuman agents. Power can moderate objectifying instrumental others. View Abstracts

Symposium S-H5

Do we shape relationships or do relationships shape us? The dynamic interplay of personality and close relationships

Saturday, February 15, 2014, 3:30 PM – 4:45 PM, Room 9
Chair: Madoka Kumashiro, Goldsmiths, University of London
Co-Chair: Ximena Arriaga, Purdue University

Four talks highlight the importance of examining the dynamic interplay between personality and close relationships, by showing how personality influences relationships and how relationships can shape stable traits. The talks reveal new or counterintuitive findings for dispositional self-regulatory traits, self-esteem, agreeableness, and attachment security. View Abstracts

Symposium S-I2

Providing effective support in close relationships: Neural, behavioral, and physiological predictors and consequences
Saturday, February 15, 2014, 5:00 PM – 6:15 PM, Ballroom A
Chair: Sylvia Morelli, Stanford University

The speakers of this symposium will identify neural, behavioral, and physiological predictors of effective support provision and demonstrate that providing support to close others is associated with mental and physical health benefits for the provider. View Abstracts