Symposia Guide: Sessions to Note

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Otherwise uncategorizable, these symposia caught our eye.

Symposium S-A7

When to Judge a Book by Its Cover: Timing, Context, and Individual Differences in First Impressions
Friday, February 14, 2014, 9:45 AM – 11:00 AM, Ballroom B/C
Chair: Vivian Zayas, Cornell University
Co-Chair: Nicholas Rule, University of Toronto

People readily judge a book by its cover, forming impressions of others from minimal cues. Yet, how does this happen in the real-world? Four speakers showcase the latest research on impression-formation, examining accurate and inaccurate judgments, individual differences in judgments, and the persistence/malleability of these judgments over time and contexts. View Abstracts

Symposium S-B6

Identity Concealment: A Normative Social Psychological Phenomenon
Friday, February 14, 2014, 11:15 AM – 12:30 PM, Room 17
Chair: Jonathan Cook, The Pennsylvania State University
Co-Chair: Diane Quinn, University of Connecticut

We draw attention to new methodological, theoretical, and empirical advances in studying identity concealment. Presentations cover antecedents to and consequences of concealment and the intersection of visible and concealable stigmatized identities. We discuss a wide variety of concealable identities, including mental and physical illness, sexual orientation, and domestic violence. View Abstracts

Symposium S-C1

Special Session: Psychology in Action
Friday, February 14, 2014, 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM, Ballroom D
Chair: Cheryl Kaiser, University of Washington
Co-Chair: Eli Finkel, Northwestern University

Four short talks with big ideas about the latest research on connections between people and space, myths about meaning in life, love, and more, featuring personality and social psychologists Roy Baumeister, Sam Gosling, Laura King, and Barbara Fredrickson. View Abstracts

Symposium S-D6

Rituals Make Life Better — By Enhancing Consumption, Communicating Social Norms, Treating Illness, and Relieving Grief
Friday, February 14, 2014, 3:30 PM – 4:45 PM, Room 18 C/D
Chair: Kathleen Vohs, University of Minnesota

Rituals are pervasive in people’s lives worldwide but unknown to social psychology until late. Wang shows that rituals enhance consumption of food and drink. Norton found that rituals make dealing with death easier. Legare went to Brazil and concocted healing rituals. Rossano’s evolutionary framework argues that rituals underly social norms. View Abstracts

Symposium S-E2

Lust in our Ancestral Dust: Evolution, Attraction, and Relationships
Saturday, February 15, 2014, 9:45 AM – 11:00 AM, Ballroom D
Chair: Jeff Simpson, University of Minnesota
Co-Chair: Vladas Griskevicius, University of Minnesota

This symposium (1) reveals that ovulation leads women to unconsciously flirt more with men, (2) presents a meta-analysis identifying which traits ovulating women find more attractive in men, (3) shows how parents spend more money on girls in economic recessions, and (4) identifies how feelings of jealousy boost men’s testosterone. View Abstracts

Symposium S-E4

Mindsets Matter: The Power of Beliefs for Everyday Life
Saturday, February 15, 2014, 9:45 AM – 11:00 AM, Room 17
Chair: Jeni Burnette, University of Richmond
Co-Chair: Crystal Hoyt, University of Richmond

This symposium presents four cutting-edge perspectives on the power of personal beliefs to influence significant life outcomes for the self and others across a range of applied contexts. Integrating diverse theories, the symposium outlines how beliefs impact gender-biased employment decisions, the politics of religious conflicts, eating behavior and academic achievement. View Abstracts

Symposium S-I11

The Dark Side of Religion: Intolerance, Prejudice and Antisocial Behavior
Saturday, February 15, 2014, 5:00 PM – 6:15 PM, Room 6
Chair: Patty Van Cappellen, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Religion may bring out the best and the worst in people. This symposium presents novel experimental data on religion’s role in promoting prejudice, submission, and antisocial behaviors and how these outcomes can lead to doubt regarding religion. Different explanatory accounts for the seemingly divergent outcomes of religion will be discussed. View Abstracts