Friday, May 27, 2011, 9:00 AM - 11:45 AM
We're all connected. Social networks connect groups in society. An individual's thoughts, feelings, and actions reciprocally influence one another. The nervous systems of complex organisms display high levels of structural connectivity. How can we understand these social, cognitive-behavioral, and biological networks? As the speakers in this theme program will explain, the answer is: through network analysis. Presentations will display the power of network analysis for illuminating the study of social networks in organizations, biological networks in the brain, and networks of clinical symptoms that are causally interrelated.
Giuseppe (Joe) Labianca
Walter Mischel (Discussant)
Friday, May 27, 2011, 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Consciousness has moved to psychological science's center stage. Advances in theory and research have transformed the field, converting what previously had been mysteries into solvable scientific problems. In this theme program, international leaders in the field will display the progress that has been made in solving one of science's great puzzles: how neural systems and psychological processes give rise to individual's unified, subjective phenomenological experience.
Richard J. Davidson
Sponsored by the National Institute on Aging
Saturday, May 28, 2011, 12:30 PM - 3:45 PM
The study of economic choices by individuals, groups, and societies has been a major focus of 21st-century psychological science. An exciting development is that research at different levels of analysis - from neural systems to the socioculturally-embedded person - has begun to converge, and bringing us closer to a unified, multi-level science of economic choice. This theme program displays the contemporary state of this science, thanks to presentations by investigators at the forefront of advances in behavioral economics.
Sheena S. Iyengar
David I. Laibson (Discussant)