The interest and publicity behind my research continues!
Yesterday, I had the honor of having a story written up and published by Jennifer Kabbany at The College Fix on the research I've been working on for a while (that if you are reading this are probably familiar with).
Jennifer's piece turned out fantastic. As mentioned in the article, I hope my research (and the publicity of it!) helps start conversations on this topic. Everyone loses when one-sided perspectives on issues are presented in an educational environment.
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:
The Psychological Science Behind Hyperpartisanship and what to do about it: Diane Halpern
My first session of APS Washington, DC 2013. I was running late so I missed an earlier session, but stumbled upon this as I was considering waiting around for another before I went to present at my poster session.
Dr. Halpern had some interesting perspectives to provide:
Check out yesterday's Young America's Foundation New Guard Blog posting. An article regarding my research on the "Political Climate and Political Diversity among University Faculty" is their latest feature!
Two weeks to go till convention time--I am getting quite excited! The official APS Convention app came out today, so I spent some time scouring it searching and planning out sessions to attend during my time there.
There is quite a bit of interesting research being conducted around the nation and set to be presented at the convention, and it will be quite a lot of fun to interact with others from universities I know little about and to get their take on things. I'll also be on the grad school beat, scoping out possibilities and seeing if I can meet or somehow get connected with faculty working in the area I would like to end up in...
Departure date is going to be here quicker than I realize!
WPA 2013 Continued!
This morning I had the opportunity to go to a presentation by Jerry Burger titled "What was I thinking? Why good people do bad things." I used his textbook for my personality psychology class fall quarter, so it was pretty neat to be able to see and listen to him in person.
Dr. Burger has some interesting perspectives to offer regarding how people act and why seemingly great people end up doing horrid or extremely stupid things.
Some highlight points:
WPA (Western Psychological Association) 2013 Convention!
It's that time of year again. I had the honor of being able to present at WPA again this year, this time my "controversial" research on Political Diversity and Climate Among University Faculty.
The poster session went wonderful--it is amazing how fast the 1.5 hour presenting time flies by! There were a good number of interested individuals that stopped by intrigued by the topic and my research findings......
There have been a handful of classes I've taken at Cal Poly where I and my values / perspectives / beliefs were in the minority, but those classes have been some of my favorites. I have loved those classes and the discussions we had because they provided me the opportunity to learn about what others think, and why they believe what they believe, and the classes helped me reinforce and better understand what I think and believe and why.
I guess you can say this is what college is supposed to be all about! (though for many I don't think this really happens).
Being funneled into only hearing and learning about your own beliefs I've found is nice at times, and safe, but often doesn't help much with growth--no matter what your political persuasion may be. A couple weeks ago I wrote about how it seems that substantial conversations are a dying skill, and how there are few individuals I can have intelligent and thought provoking conversations about current controversial or non-controversial topics or issues with.
I recently came across an fantastic article that added an interesting perspective to this topic. (LINKS BELOW...CONTINUE READING)
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