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Location: TBA  |  Thursday, February 7  |  8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

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The theme of the 2019 Advances in Cultural Psychology preconference is “Cultural psychology in the real world.”  Besides 3 symposia on cutting-edge topics that will include talks by experts in the field, the preconference will also include a data blitz and poster sessions which will allow advanced graduate students and post-docs to present their current research. Lunch and coffee sessions will facilitate interaction among attendees and presenters. The program will also include some brief interludes for quick announcements and questions/discussion regarding the state of the field and the content of future pre-conferences.

Schedule & Speakers:

8:00-9:00AM: Continental Breakfast

9:00-9:20AM: Welcome and Introductions

9:20-10:45AM: 1st Session - Socio-Ecological Approaches to (Cross)Cultural Research

  • Relational Mobility and the Internet: Social Ecologies in the Digital Realm - Robert Thomson, Hokusei Gakuen University, Japan
  • Why Not Talk About Minds? Unpacking Folk Theory of Mind When Minds are Unknowable - Rita McNamara, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
  • The Inhuman Origins of Culture - Oliver Sng, University of Michigan, U.S.A.

10:45-11:00AM: Coffee Break

11:00AM-12:00PM: Poster Session

12:00-12:45PM: Post-Poster free discussion at lunch

12:45-2:10PM: 2nd Session - Cognitive and Social Gains from Multiculturalism and Multilingualism: What are they and is the Evidence Robust?

  • Social Flexibility as an Advantage for Bilinguals: Implications and Methodological Challenges - Nairan Ramirez-Esparza, social personality perspectives, University of Connecticut, U.S.A.
  • How and When Multicultural Experience Expands our Creative Capacity? - Angela Leung, cultural psychology perspective, Singapore Management University
  • Bilingualism Facilitates New Learning - Judith Kroll (psycholinguistics perspective), University of California, Riverside, U.S.A.

2:15-2:55PM: Data Blitz

2:55-3:15PM: Coffee break

3:15-3:45PM: Award Session

3:45-4:45PM: 3rd Session: The Role of (Cross)Cultural Research in Robust and Replicable Psychological Science - Roundtable on Generalizability & Replication

  • Laura Brady, University of Washington, U.S.A.
  • Shinobu Kitayama, Editor of Journal of Personality & Social Psychology, University of Michigan, U.S.A.
  • Chris Chartier, Director: Psychological Science Accelerator, Ashland University, U.S.A.

4:45PM: Closing remarks

Outstanding Contribution to Cultural Psychology Award:

The Outstanding Contribution to Cultural Psychology Award was established to recognize a scholar (or group of scholars) whose work has added substantially to the body of knowledge in cultural psychology --and related fields examining the intersection of cultural and psychological processes--and whose sustained contributions in research, teaching, and/or service have significantly advanced the field.

Individuals may self-nominate or be nominated by others. In addition to the typical nominations of a single individual or collaborative team, we also encourage nominations that revolve around specific themes or topics that could be awarded at the same time to multiple investigators, even if they have not collaborated with each other (e.g., scholars working on cultures of honor, emotion, multiculturalism, etc.; scholars who have contributed to the teaching of cultural psychology).

Nomination materials must include:

  1. A letter of recommendation detailing how the nominee’s (or nominees’) work fits the award criteria
  2. The nominee’s (or nominees’) current vita in electronic format

These materials should be sent in one email to Jeanne Tsai (jeanne.tsai@stanford.edu) by October 1, 2018. Awardees will be expected to give an award talk at the upcoming Cultural Psychology Pre-conference of the SPSP Convention in Portland, Oregon (Feb 7-9, 2019).


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