Friday, 24 October 2014

Tue 28th Oct: RESEARCH PRESENTATIONS on intergroup psychology

Please join us for two research presentations on the 28th of October by two scholars from the University of Sydney. Full details below.

These research talks are sponsored by the school’s Social and Organisational Psychology research group. 

Hope to see many of you then. Cheers,   Stefania at:

WHEN: Tuesday 28th October, 11.30-1pm,
WHERE: Keats room, Aviation building, Callaghan
WHERELSE:  video conferenced to: The Science Offices Meeting room, Ourimbah
WHO/WHAT FOR: Karen Gonsalkorale, visiting scholar, University of Sydney, delivering a research presentations entitled “Now You See it, Now You don’t: Automatic Bias and Overcoming Bias in Implicit Attitudes” (see abstract and bio below)
WHO/WHAT FOR: Andrea van Dommelen, visiting scholar, University of Sydney delivering a research presentations entitled “Multiple Social Identities in Minority Group Members: individual and contextual differences” (see abstract and bio below)

Gonsalkorale’s Abstract
When implicit measures of attitudes first burst onto the psychology scene, they were often conceived as uncontaminated reflections of the automatic associations stored in memory. Many researchers considered these implicit measures to be revolutionary in their capacity to reveal automatic attitudes that people are unwilling or unable to express on self-report measures. However, we now know that performance on implicit attitude measures is influenced both by the nature of activated evaluative associations and by people’s ability to regulate those associations as they respond. I will describe a method for separating the multiple automatic and controlled processes underlying implicit measures, and discuss how this method can be used to understand the processes responsible for variability and malleability in implicit attitudes. Specifically, I will present studies in which we applied the Quad model (Sherman et al, 2008) to examine variability in implicit attitudes as a function of group membership (Black vs. White participants) and age (young vs. older participants), and malleability in implicit attitudes resulting from prejudice reduction training and alcohol intoxication. The findings indicate that implicit attitude variability and malleability do not only involve activated associations, and may not involve associations at all, in some cases. I will wrap up by discussing the implications of the findings for the measurement and interpretation of implicit attitudes.

Gonsalkorale’s Bio
My research interests include social cognition, stereotyping and prejudice, intergroup relations, and ostracism. I am currently a Senior Lecturer in the School of Psychology at the University of Sydney. Prior to joining the University of Sydney as a Lecturer in 2008, I was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, Davis. I received a Bachelor of Psychology (Hons) in 2001 and a PhD from the University of New South Wales in 2005.

van Dommelen’s Abstract
Members of ethnic and religious minority groups belong to distinct ethnic, religious and national groups that may differ in group composition, values, norms and attitudes. In this talk, I will propose a conceptual and operational framework to examine how minority group members subjectively construe their ingroup in the context of such multiple, cross-cutting group memberships. I will describe the subjective combination of multiple social identities in terms of structure (Social Identity Structure, SIS) and inclusiveness (Social Identity Inclusiveness, SII), and present findings of three studies using this conceptual framework.  In the first two studies, we assessed SII and SIS in a sample of Turkish Belgian Muslims (N = 95) and Turkish Australian Muslims (N = 132). The findings of both studies showed that participants, despite sharing membership in three specific social groups, varied widely in how they combined these group memberships in their ingroup construals. More inclusive ingroup representations predicted how participants felt towards people from other social groups, including remote groups with whom participants were unlikely to have contact. In a third study, again using a sample of Turkish Australian Muslims (N = 143), we examined how ingroup representations are altered after a threat or reassurance to their religious group identity. We found that participants were less likely to integrate multiple social identities in their ingroup construals after the value of their religious group identity was threatened as opposed to reassured. These findings highlight the need for a more thorough understanding of individual versus contextual differences in multiple social identity management in ethnic and religious minority groups.

van Dommelen’Bio
I completed my Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology at the University of Brussels (VUB), in Belgium (where I am originally from), in 2008. My Master’s dissertation was in the area of social cognition (stereotype activation upon an encounter with an atypical target), under supervision of Prof. Vincent Yzerbyt at the University of Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium. In 2010, I worked with Dr. Katharina Schmid and Prof. Miles Hewstone (University of Oxford, UK) on a project on social identity complexity. Later in 2010, I started my PhD research at the University of Sydney, under supervision of Dr. Karen Gonsalkorale and Prof. Marilynn Brewer. For my PhD, I studied how people belonging to ethnic and religious minority groups in Australia, combine their ethnic, religious and national group memberships into an ingroup construal, and how such ingroup construals relate to intergroup variables such as outgroup contact and attitudes. I conducted correlational and experimental studies with community samples of adult and adolescent Turkish Australian Muslims. I recently completed my PhD and will be graduating in October 2014. My research interests are social identity, intergroup relations, acculturation, minorities and refugee mental health.