Commentary published on Forbes.com discussing my recent paper on political diversity among university faculty. Click the link below to check it out:
Over the last few years a frequent conversation in the field of psychology--especially in the domain of social/personality psychology--has been related to the lack of political diversity in our field (or academia at large), and the need to pursue constructive solutions. Jonathan Haidt has been at the forefront of most of these conversations, working to keep the issue alive and working toward brining more people onboard to study and pursue solutions to the problem. His recent keynote address to the APA succinctly articulates the issue, and also integrates a comprehensive look at political polarization--the causes and consequences--and how it relates directly to the the problem we have with a lack of political diversity. The talk is about 54 minutes. Political polarization and shrinking political diversity hinder our field and broadly hinder scientific endeavors. The sooner we can address these issues, the more robust our work can become.
A new research article is in the pipeline, and it is likely set to make waves comparable to those made by Jonathan Haidt in 2011 and Inbar and Lammers in 2012.
While combing the internet reading research articles (something that so much of my time will now be spent doing!) I came across an in-press article that instantly caught my attention, and I couldn't put down or stop thinking about. An all-star team of social psychology researchers joined forces to publish an article titled Political Diversity will Improve Social Psychology that discusses a sort of crisis the field of social psychology is experiencing due to the lack of viewpoint diversity, particularly political diversity.
Some key things that stood out for me:
Every critical item related to this topic is covered in this article--a lot to take in, but so many important things to think about and consider.
I can hardly wait to read commentary on their article, and for the field to jump into discussion on this critical issue. I am quite excited that I can get excited about things like this, and I look forward to contributing to this important area with my research work. The call to action couldn't be any more necessary or clear. If you can, take some time to read the article. You will most definitely be able to consider it time well spent.
Another APS has come and gone. APS this year was jut a few hours north up in San Francisco, so the trip was not as big of an excursion as APS last year, but the company was exquisite, the conversations were good, the feedback was positive, the experience worthwhile, and I'm looking forward to next year.
I presented my study on University Students' Perceptions of the Campus Political Climate. As with pretty much all of my research thus far this is a topic that to some is considered quite controversial and shouldn't be studied. But I say that the more controversial something is, often the more reason there actually is to study and investigate that thing.
It will be a bit different next year as I won't be at Cal Poly any more (graduating in June), but hopefully I will have yet another dynamic study to present...the conference is in New York City next year too. If I have a study to submit and am accepted again that will be quite a trip. Check back this time next year! :)
Another year, another conference, another city to explore. Today I had the pleasure of being able to present at the Western Psychological Association (WPA) 2014 conference--my third year in a row presenting at WPA. This year the conference was in Portland, OR.
Yesterday morning I had the wonderful opportunity to present my most recent research study, University Students' Perception of the Campus Political Climate, at the Cal Poly level (semi-finals) of the 28th Annual CSU Research Competition.
My topic, as usual, definitely wasn't benign, but all the more reason to investigate it! I was the first to present for my session, and the first presentation of the day: a roaring note to kick off the day with I suppose!
It is exciting to have opportunities to present my work in forums like this, opportunities which would not have been possible without the support and guidance of Dr. Freberg over these last few years. Thank you Dr. Freberg!
Below is a video of my presentation:
Q&A segment of my presentation. Video courtesy of Dr. Freberg via Google Glass:
For some background research on a new study I had the pleasure of coming across Jonathan Haidt's provocative talk from almost three years ago now (where has the time gone!) again. It is amazing how different something can look between reading it, and reading it now about a year later. With my research work, presentations, personal experiences, etcetera over the past year I have come to see things from a different light, and understand new dimensions and realities about things I before didn't have the faintest idea about.
To say the least, Dr. Haidt's talk sparked a flurry of discussion and research around the topic of political diversity in psychology--specifically the realm of social psychology--and interest around how we can move forward and reconcile what can be easily argued to be an Achilles's heel for the field.
I must admit, at a couple moments through the piece I found myself chuckling. From the quest to find a conservative social psychologist, to the audience participation of raising your hand (raise your hand if you are a liberal...now raise your hand if you are a conservative), to the "closet conservatives" anecdotes.
Definitely a fascinating talk on a subject that must be kept alive and fresh in the minds of psychologists, and all academicians for that matter.
Tonight was another fun and exciting evening. As a part of Homecoming Weekend here at Cal Poly, the College of Liberal Arts put on a student project showcase to highlight work being done by students within the college. It was nice to be able to crack out the 2013 APS poster again and talk about my research with CLA Alumni, other CLA professors, and students. The evening was not devoid of great and interesting conversations, and I mean who doesn't like an excuse to dress up!
Improving Psychological by Understanding (& limiting) Political Bias
In what was a stellar session and fantastic way to round out the APS Convention, I just happened to be fumbling through the program to see if there were any sessions to go to from 12-1. To my surprise and excitement, an "all-star" group of researchers, one of which was Yoel Inbar whose study I replicated, extended, and presented at this conference, were giving a talk on "Improving Psychology by Understanding (& limiting) Political Bias.
Some highlights from the presentations:
Faith - Family - Friends - Psychology - Politics