Symposia Guide: Psychology, The Science

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The Presidential Symposium will discuss the ways big data and new technology can impact social and personality psychology, while the Presidential Address will cover how an interdisciplinary approach can benefit the field. In addition to those key events, there are a number of sessions devoted to improving research integrity and methodology.

Symposium S-C5

Lessons for Social and Personality Psychology from Clinical Psychology
Friday, February 14, 2014, 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM, Room 9
Chair: Jonathan Adler, Olin College of Engineering

This symposium is designed to demonstrate the applicability of key methodological approaches and analytical techniques from clinical psychology that may be unfamiliar but highly useful for research in social and personality psychology. The four talks provide a range of novel practices that promise to advance personality and social psychological research. View Abstracts

Symposium S-D2

On the Importance of Social Context: Expanding Our View
Friday, February 14, 2014, 3:30 PM – 4:45 PM, Room 17
Chair: Amy Canevello, University of North Carolina, Charlotte

Although social psychology focuses on context, some argue that theory and research often overlooks broad contextual factors. We discuss how the larger social and relational context influences basic social psychological phenomena. These talks stress the importance of considering seemingly distal contextual and relational factors when investigating basic social psychological processes. View Abstracts

Symposium S-E1

Promoting Research Integrity: ‘Best Practices’ In Social-Personality Research
Saturday, February 15, 2014, 9:45 AM – 11:00 AM, Ballroom A
Chair: Jennifer Bosson, University of South Florida
Co-Chair: Simine Vazire, Washington University, St. Louis

Four speakers consider “best practices” for maintaining research integrity in social-personality psychology, and propose changes to the way the field conducts, reports, and evaluates research. These talks address current crises in the field, and highlight improvements for strengthening our science while maintaining productivity. View Abstracts

Symposium S-G1

Special Session: Research Integrity
Saturday, February 15, 2014, 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM, Ballroom D
Chair: Eli Finkel, Northwestern University
Co-Chair: Cheryl Kaiser, University of Washington

Many disciplines, including psychology, have been roiled in recent years by probing questions regarding scientific practices. The speakers in this session provide four novel perspectives on this issue, adopting a forward-looking focus on how personality and social psychologists can optimize the quality and replicability of our scientific endeavors. View Abstracts

Symposium S-H10

Application of Advanced Methodological Tools in Personality and Social Psychological Research
Saturday, February 15, 2014, 3:30 PM – 4:45 PM, Room 19
Chair: Fang Fang Chen, University of Delaware

We discuss the application of advanced methodology in the study of personality and social psychological research. We focus on the roles of bifactor models in testing multifaceted constructs, the function of bifactor models in addressing long standing conceptual debates, power issues in experimental design, and mediation analysis in longitudinal data. View Abstracts

Symposium S-H11

Giving Social Psychology Away–And Having it Thrown Back in our Faces
Saturday, February 15, 2014, 3:30 PM – 4:45 PM, Room 6
Chair: Leonard Newman, Syracuse University

Research by social psychologists can enrich public understanding of important societal issues and challenges. However, clearly communicating the implications of our findings is challenging. Giving social psychology away to institutions with well-entrenched practices can be especially difficult. Symposium contributors will elaborate on such challenges and lessons learned from their experiences. View Abstracts

Symposium S-I1

The Politics of Social Psychological Science
Saturday, February 15, 2014, 5:00 PM – 6:15 PM, Ballroom D
Chair: Lee Jussim, Rutgers University

Many social psychological topics have political implications. Has the fact that most social psychologists are political liberals distorted research on these topics? Four speakers address this issue from different perspectives. Together, these talks challenge researchers to improve social psychology by minimizing the influence of their political beliefs on our science. View Abstracts