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Social Psychology News

Posted Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Eric Hehman awarded APAGS Ellin Bloch and Pierre Ritchie scholarship and SPSSI Grant-In-Aid Award

Eric Hehman, a graduate student of Samuel Gaertner in the social psychology program, has recently been awarded both the Ellin Bloch and Pierre Ritchie scholarship from APAGS and a SPSSI Grant-In-Aid to investigate various aspects of the links between being a victim of discrimination and perceptions of control over one's life.

Perceiving control over one's self and environment is considered a fundamental need related to a variety of physical and mental health outcomes. The proposed research will explore whether a restoration of control, particularly in a trivial domain unrelated to discrimination, can ameliorate the negative psychological and physiological health outcomes associated with a loss of control. Ultimately, the research aims to test an easily implementable intervention that might be utilized by victims of discrimination.

Posted Friday, April 29, 2011

The Research of Graduate Student Eric Hehman Featured in USA Today and UDaily

The research of Eric Hehman, a graduate student in Social Psychology, was recently featured in USA Today. Click on the link below to read the interesting article on how racial prejudice factors into how President Obama is viewed:

Click on the link below to read the UDaily article which also covers this research conducted by Eric:

Posted Monday, March 14, 2011

Graduate Student Jordan Leitner Nominated as Finalist for Graduate Student Poster Award at 2011 EPA

Jordan Leitner, a graduate student in the Social Psychology Ph.D. program, was nominated as a finalist for the Graduate Student Poster Award at the 2011 Eastern Psychological Association Meeting in Boston, MA. Graduate students Eric Hehman and Lingling Wang, as well as faculty members Steven Most and James Jones contributed to the poster titled "Face-Induced Attentional Blink Predicted by Target Race and External Motivation of Perceiver".

Below is the abstract for the nominated poster:

Whites who are highly externally motivated (EM) to behave without prejudice tend to demonstrate more negative affective responses to Black, relative to White, faces. We found that these differences in face processing have implications for the conscious processing of stimuli that follow a target face. In a two-target rapid serial visual presentation paradigm, high-EM, compared to low-EM, participants demonstrated better target accuracy following a Black, relative to a White, target face. Our findings suggest that high-EM, compared to low-EM, individuals devote less attentional resources to Black faces.

Posted Tuesday, December 07, 2010

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Graduate Student Charlotte Marshall Receives SPSP Travel Award

Graduate student Charlotte Marshall has received a $500 travel award to attend the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP) conference that will be held in San Antonio, Texas from January 27th-29th, 2011. Her poster is entitled "The Moderating Role of TRIOS in the Emotional Regulation Abilities of Head Start Mothers."  

Posted Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Graduate Student Eric Hehman Receives Edwin B. Newman Graduate Research Award

Eric Hehman, a fourth year Social Psychology graduate student, has received the Psi Chi/American Psychological Association's Edwin B. Newman Graduate Research Award for his work on facial recognition.

Please click here to read a great UDaily article on Eric and his research.

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