2017 Minnesota Undergraduate Psychology Conference, April 29, 2017, St. Olaf College



Planning to attend or present at MUPC 2017?

Registration opens in early Spring, 2017. Questions in the meantime? Contact Darla Frandrup at St. Olaf College!

Formatting requirements for posters and powerpoints will be available here!

Got Questions? Check here for answers to frequently asked questions from 2016! More to come for 2017!



Some Highlights from MUPC 2016

Registration: 8:00 AM
(Oren Gateway Center (OGC) Lobby)

Poster/Paper Session I: 8:30-9:30 AM

Poster/Paper Session II: 9:35-10:35 AM


Keynote Address: 10:45 AM-12:00 PM
Dr. Gary Wells: A Recipe for Eyewitness Identification Error and Conviction of the Innocent


Lunch Break: 12:15-1:15 PM

Poster/Paper Session III: 1:20-2:20 PM

Poster/Paper Session IV: 2:25-3:25 PM



The MUPC 2017 Keynote:

Talking Up, Talking Down: The Power of Positive Speaking

Inequality and power dynamics between people are not going away any time soon. Drawing on three theoretical and empirical foundations--interpersonal positivity biases, stereotype content emphasizing perceived warmth and competence, and the compensation effect (trading off warmth and competence)--we study how people communicate, understand, and present themselves and others, especially across status divides. First, polite communicators omit negativity in describing individuals, especially stereotyped ones. Negativity omission creates innuendo (its absence implies the negative information), which allows stereotype to stagnate. Listeners understand the innuendo and infer the negativity from its omission. Impression-managers understand this dynamic and use positive innuendo: They downplay one aspect (e.g., warmth or competence) to convey the other. Status determines which strategy people use: High-status speakers talk down (warmly), and low-status speakers talk up (competently). Cross-race interactions also show this dynamic. This creates dysfunctional inter-status interactions, the two people operating at crossed purposes.


Susan Fiske, Ph.D., Princeton University

Susan T. Fiske is Eugene Higgins Professor, Psychology and Public Affairs, Princeton University. She has a Ph.D. from Harvard University and honorary doctorates from Université Catholique de Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium; Universiteit Leiden, Netherlands; and Universität Basel, Switzerland. She investigates social cognition, especially cognitive stereotypes and emotional prejudices, at cultural, interpersonal, and neuro-scientific levels. Author of over 300 publications and winner of numerous scientific awards, she has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences.


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