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Personality and social psychology at the 2013 APA Convention
Date:7/31/2013

na T. Sanchez (disanche[at]rci.rutgers.edu), Rutgers University

Wed., July 31, 2013, 11:00-12:50 p.m., Convention Center, 305B, Symposium: Revisiting the Costs and Benefits of Challenging Racial Bias and Embracing Egalitarianism

Being Grateful Trains Our Brains for the Good

Feeling grateful can train us to feel better, finds a new study. Asking people daily for one week to write about three good things that made them grateful increased their well-being after the week, and even five weeks later. Researchers think that the gratitude exercise trains the brain for cognitive processes that support well-being, such as increasing attention so that individuals are more likely to notice benefits in their lives.

Speaker: Phillip C. Watkins (pwatkins[at]ewu.edu), Eastern Washington University

Thurs., August 1, 8:00-9:50 a.m., Convention Center, 318B, Symposium: Mechanisms of Gratitude Exploring How Gratitude Enhances Well-Being

Two Hormones Together Explain Status-Seeking

Looking at only testosterone as a hormonal measure of status-seeking behaviors is incomplete, argues new research. Testosterone's influence on status-related behavior critically depends on levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Six studies suggest that researchers must consider the effects of testosterone and cortisol together. The studies show that a profile of high testosterone and low cortisol is associated with leadership, social dominance, risk-taking, emotional stability, and monetary r
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