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



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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.

Sponsored by a Guggenheim, her 2011 Russell-Sage-Foundation book is Envy Up, Scorn Down: How Status Divides Us. Her most recent book is The HUMAN Brand: How We Respond to People, Products, and Companies (with Chris Malone). With Shelley Taylor, she has written four editions of a classic graduate text: Social Cognition, and on her own, three editions of an advanced undergraduate text, Social Beings: Core Motives in Social Psychology.

As service to the field, she does a fair amount of editing. She has lately edited Beyond Common Sense: Psychological Science in the Courtroom, the Handbook of Social Psychology, Social Neuroscience, the Sage Handbook of Social Cognition, and Facing Social Class: How Societal Rank Influences Interaction. Currently an editor of Annual Review of Psychology, PNAS, and Policy Insights from Behavioral and Brain Sciences, she is also just past-President of the Federation of Associations in Behavioral and Brain Sciences.

Her graduate students arranged for her to win the University’s Mentoring Award, and international advisees arranged for her to win the Mentoring Award from the Association for Psychological Science.


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