Theme Programs

Genetics, Environment, Culture and Behavior

Sheraton 2, Friday, May 23, 2008, 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Brain, Body, Behavior, and Health

Chicago 7, Friday, May 23, 2008, 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Learning, Competitiveness, and Real-World Achievement

Chicago 10, Friday, May 23, 2008, 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM


Genetics, Environment, Culture and Behavior

Sheraton 2, Friday, May 23, 2008, 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Advances in genetics and the interplay between genes and the environment are having an impact on all areas of psychology. This program will include a "While You Were Out" refresher course on the role of the environment in gene regulation and expression; an invited talk on the innovative use of behavior genetic designs to understand the roles of genes and the environment in the association between the family environment and child adjustment; and an invited symposium on the role of genes in eating, including flavor perception, intake regulation, and dieting.

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Brain, Body, Behavior and Health

Chicago 7, Friday, May 23, 2008, 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Researchers are increasingly recognizing the complex interplay between neurobiological and behavioral processes. Leading researchers across different areas of psychology will discuss evidence from studies with animals and humans, including the connections between maternal behavior and neurobiology in offspring, maternal stress and fetal immune system functioning, regions of the brain and social and emotional functioning, and physiological processes and health.

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Learning, Competitiveness, and Real-World Achievement

Chicago 10, Friday, May 23, 2008, 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM

This symposium spans research in cognitive, educational, social, and organizational psychology related to learning and achievement in education and work settings. Speakers will present cutting edge work on research into learning and performance from the individual level to the level of organizations and teams. Work discussed in this symposium will also address how motivational and emotional factors interact with learning and performance processes to influence the probability of skill success versus skill failure and the likelihood of cooperation versus competition.

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Shelly E. Taylor