Convergence: Connecting Levels of Analysis in Psychological Science
 In the past, our field harbored distinct, and often competing, schools of thought that tackled different problems and produced findings that often appeared to diverge. Today, investigators attack shared problems at complementary levels of analysis and produce results that converge. Studies of people in a social world; mental systems of cognition and emotion; and biological mechanisms of the genome and the nervous system interconnect and yield an integrated psychological science. The APS 23rd Annual Convention displays, and celebrates, these advances in our field.

RISE Award Addresses

RISE Award Addresses

Saturday, May 28, 2011, 9:00 AM - 10:20 AM
Columbia Hall - Events Area

Paul J. Schroeder Chair: Paul J. Schroeder
University of Missouri-Kansas City

The RISE Research Award is given annually to recognize outstanding student research on socially and economically under-represented populations. The winners, selected by a panel of their peers, will present their research in symposium format. The goal of this event is to increase awareness of the need for diverse perspectives in psychological science. These award winning posters will also be presented during Poster Session IX, Saturday, May 28, 2011 in the Columbia Hall - Events Area.

Not Fully Black, but Not Fully White: Whites Perceptions of Black-White Biracials
Sabrica Barnett
Graduate Center, The City University of New York
Across two experiments, we compared Whites’ ratings of perceived similarity, competence and warmth for Blacks, Whites, and Black/White biracials. Consistent with a social identity explanation (Tajfel & Turner, 1979), Whites’ perceived Black/White biracials to be more similar, competent, and warm than Blacks, but less similar, competent, and warm than Whites.

Co-Author: Daryl A. Wout, John Jay College, City University of New York

Race/Ethnic Differences in Ambulatory Blood Pressure: When Optimism Might Not Be Optimal
Bryan Jensen
Brigham Young University
The purpose of the present study was to examine the relationship between dispositional optimism, acculturation and ambulatory blood pressure (ABP) in foreign-born Mexican Americans and Caucasians. 582 adults were recruited from the community to participate in a 24-hour ABP study. Regression analysis revealed that being foreign-born Mexican American predicted higher overall systolic ABP (b = .16, p < .001) compared to Caucasians. Even when controlling for variables like age, gender and SES this relationship was significant. However adding BMI as a covariate reduced the relationship between ethnicity and overall systolic ABP to non-significant. Additionally, higher optimism predicted lower ABP (b = -.24, p < .001) even when controlling for demographic covariates and BMI. Tests of moderation revealed no significant interactions between ethnicity and optimism, but for foreign-born Mexican Americans, acculturation did moderate the relationship between optimism and ABP; being less acculturated and being more optimistic predicted higher diastolic ABP (b = -.26, p < .05). This could suggest that a less optimistic outlook (perhaps more realistic) could be cardioprotective for Mexican Americans new to the United States.

Co-Author: Patrick R. Steffen, Brigham Young University

Co-Author: Julianne Holt-Lunstad, Brigham Young University

Cultural Risk and Protective Factors for Depression and Suicidal Ideation
Lillian Polanco
Hunter College, The City University of New York
The present study examined whether culture-related variables (e.g. acculturative stress and ethnic identity) would prospectively predict depression symptoms and suicidal ideation. Baseline acculturative stress predicted depression symptoms and suicidal ideation at 2-year follow-up, while ethnic identity at follow-up was associated with decreased depression symptoms and lower suicidal ideation.

Co-Author: Regina Miranda, Hunter College, The City University of New York

Co-Author: Jessica Silver, Hunter College, The City University of New York

Anti-Arab Prejudice Extends Beyond Terrorist Stereotypes: Arabs Are Blamed for Car Accidents More Than Caucasians
Allison L. Skinner
University of Southern Indiana
We investigated the influence of drivers' race (Arab versus Caucasian) on the evaluation of blame in an automobile accident. Participants blamed the Arab driver more than the Caucasian driver, yet participant gender moderated the effect of race. Men allocated marginally more blame to the Arab than Caucasian driver, but women did not.

Co-Author: Michele Breault, Truman State University

Co-Author: Margaret C. Stevenson, University of Evansville

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