Past Events

  • 2015 Oct 23

    Susan Fiske, Princeton University

    12:00pm to 1:30pm

    Location: 

    CGIS S050

    Title: Ambivalent Stereotyping Links to National Inequality and Conflict

    Description: Societal stereotypes go beyond mere valence, good versus bad. More than a decade of research suggests that basic dimensions structure stereotypes around the world: Warmth (trustworthiness) and competence (effectiveness) universally account for societal stereotypes. Ambivalent examples (high/low or low/high stereotypes) occur frequently. And use of this Warmth X Competence stereotype space, including ambivalence, varies predictably across nations. In particular, income inequality predicts...

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  • 2015 Oct 09

    James Druckman, Northwestern University

    12:00pm to 1:30pm

    Location: 

    CGIS S050

    Title: The Political Relevance of Irrelevant Events

    Description: Do events irrelevant to politics affect citizens’ political opinions? A growing literature suggests that such events (e.g., athletic competitions, shark attacks) do in fact shape political preferences, raising concerns about citizen competence. We build on extant work by offering an explicit framework for studying these kinds of effects on preferences. Additionally, we employ a novel experimental test of irrelevent event effects in a real world setting: specifically, we explore the...

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  • 2015 Sep 25

    Sasha Kimel, Harvard University

    12:00pm to 1:30pm

    Location: 

    CGIS K401

    Title: Living in a Genetic World: How Learning About Interethnic Genetic Similarities and Differences affects Peace and Conflict

    Description: Information about the degree of one’s genetic overlap with ethnic outgroups has been emphasized in genocides, is frequently learned about through media reporting, and is increasingly being accessed via personal genetic testing services. However, the consequence of learning about whether your own ethnic group is either genetically related to, or genetically distinct from, a disliked ethnic group remains unknown. Across four studies, using...

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  • 2015 Sep 11

    Colin Leach, University of Connecticut

    12:00pm to 1:30pm

    Location: 

    CGIS K401

    Title: Self-critical emotions about in-group wrongdoing

    Description: People are emotionally affected by the actions of their in-group. Social and political psychology has focused on self-critical emotions, like shame and guilt, because they should motivate self-correction.  However, studies of domestic and international examples show that moral self-criticism is not so straightforward.

  • 2015 Apr 10

    Adam Waytz, Kellogg School of Management

    12:00pm to 1:30pm

    Location: 

    Harvard CGIS South room 050

    Adam's research focuses on the causes and consequences of perceiving mental states and in processes related to social influence and connection, meaning-making, and ethics.

  • 2015 Mar 27

    Samara Klar, University of Arizona

    12:00pm to 1:30pm

    Location: 

    Harvard CGIS South room 050

    Samara's research focuses on how identities influence political attitudes and behavior.

  • 2015 Mar 06

    Nicholas Valentino, University of Michigan

    12:00pm to 1:30pm

    Location: 

    Harvard CGIS South room 050

    Nicholas Valentino's research focuses on immigration, discrimination and emotions in political decision making.

  • 2015 Feb 20

    Graduate Student Session

    12:00pm to 1:30pm

    Location: 

    Harvard CGIS South room 050

    Graduate Students will present their research in political psychology

  • 2015 Feb 06

    Professor Jon Krosnick, Stanford University

    12:00pm to 1:30pm

    Location: 

    Harvard CGIS South room 050

    Jon Krosnick is a social psychologist whose research focuses on attitude formation, change, and effects on the psychology of political behavior.

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