25th APS Annual Convention: Mark Your Calendar (Washington, DC, USA - May 23-26, 2013)

APS Student Caucus

Student Research Award Addresses

Saturday, May 25, 2013, 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM
APS Exhibit Hall A - Events Area

Ian Hussey Chair: Ian Hussey
National University of Ireland, Maynooth, Ireland

The Student Research Award is given annually to recognize outstanding research conducted by APS Student Affiliates. The program will feature addresses from the four winners of the 2012 competition, who were selected through a peer-review process. These award winning posters will also be presented during Poster Session XII, Saturday, May 25, 2013 in the APS Exhibit Hall A.

Please see the Student Research Award page for more information.


People Who Hold Extreme Attitudes Feel Superior in their Beliefs Even for Trivial Issues
Katrina Jongman-Sereno
Duke University
Much conflict arises when people believe that their viewpoints are more correct than other people’s. This study extended research on beliefs about the correctness of political attitudes to beliefs about norms and etiquette. Results showed that, even for trivial issues, people who hold extreme views believe they are more correct

Co-Author: Mark R. Leary, Duke University

Co-Author: Kaitlin Toner, Duke University

Effects of Mindfulness on Texting While Driving in the Induced Hypocrisy Paradigm
Kristen A. Soforic
North Central College
Hypocrisy was induced to reduce intentions to text while driving and increase advocacy against texting while driving. Mindfulness of past transgressions and public commitment to stop texting while driving were manipulated. Two studies found that mindfulness increased willingness to advocate against texting while driving.

Co-Author: Heather M. Coon, North Central College

Co-Author: Nicolas J. Petkunas , North Central College

Co-Author: Randi L. Purcell, North Central College

The Role of Negative Affect and Effortful Control in Depression Versus Anxiety
Amber Turner
Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University
We compared the ability of the interaction between negative affect and effortful control to uniquely predict depression versus anxiety in a young adult sample. The predicted interaction was observed for depression, with low effortful control and high negative affect predicting higher levels of depression, but not for anxiety.

Co-Author: Bradley A. White, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University

Psychopathic Traits Predict Preferred Social Distance in Healthy Individuals
Joana Vieira
University of Porto, Portugal
This study investigated the relation between psychopathic traits and social distance regulation in a community sample. It was demonstrated that participants’ preferred social distance was significantly associated with psychopathy, in particular Coldheartedness scores, with higher scorers preferring shorter distances. These results support the association between psychopathy and amygdala dysfunction.

Co-Author: Abigail A. Marsh, Georgetown University


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