Theme Programs

Cross-Cutting Perspectives on Motivation

Georgetown Room, Friday, May 25, 2007, 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Culture and Cognition

International Ballroom East, Friday, May 25, 2007, 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Risky Decision Making Across the Lifespan

Monroe Room, Friday, May 25, 2007, 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM


Cross-Cutting Perspectives on Motivation

Georgetown Room, Friday, May 25, 2007, 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM

The construct of motivation plays a critical role in theories from a wide range of subfields in psychological science, ranging from behavioral neuroscience to social and industrial/organizational psychology. Speakers will examine a range of views of motivation and will discuss ways in which cross-fertilization of research on motivation might lead to fruitful new insights. Particular emphasis will be given to the explanatory value of motivation as a causal force in behavior. The result should be more comprehensive and integrative views of motivation, as participants discuss the mechanisms and consequences of motivation and its role in psychological theory.

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Culture and Cognition

International Ballroom East, Friday, May 25, 2007, 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Cognitive processes are not universal throughout cultures. Research from different perspectives is converging on the conclusion that culture can affect very basic cognitive processes, including those involved in attention, perception, and memory. Leading social, developmental, and cognitive psychologists will discuss cross-cultural differences in various aspects of cognition, including the nature of mental representations, reasoning and perceptual styles, patterns of neural activation, the development and accessibility of memories about the self, and the impact of specific situational conditions on the promotion of particular cognitive orientations.

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Risky Decision Making Across the Lifespan

Monroe Room, Friday, May 25, 2007, 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM

People of all ages make decisions every day that involve both cognition and emotion, and are the result of a complex system of psychological and neural processes. These decisions are large and small, conscious and unconscious, and often involve calculation of some form of risk. Given the different developmental trajectories of cognition and emotion from childhood through old age, it is crucial to understand how decisions involving risk are made across the lifespan, in order to implement effective risk assessment and management interventions for all age groups in health, education, safety, the workplace, and many other areas. Presenters will explore risky decision making across the lifespan, with attention to societal applications.

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APS Annual Convention Bring the Family Address - Daniel Gilbert