BSI-News (Volume 8, Issue 4)

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    Volume 8 Issue 4 (December 2018)
  • BSI Conference 2019 will be held on 22 February 2019 (Friday) at the Marina Mandarin Hotel. Details will be available when registration opens in early January 2019.
The book Public Trust in Singapore, based on the proceedings at BSI Conference 2018, has been published by World Scientific. Containing a total of 10 chapters, the book explores various issues about public trust in Singapore and areas related to healthcare, public transport, race relations, education, trust in social media, social inequalities and relationships between people and government. Contributors include Peter Ho, Mildred Tan, Lim Soo Ping, Christopher Tan, Debra Soon, Jeremy Lim, Lim Ee-Peng, Tan Kian Hoon, Chua Mui Hoong, Laurence Lien, Zainul Abidin Rasheed, Kanwaljit Soin and David Chan. The book is now available at major bookstores and the World Scientific website. [Link] More information are available in the book flyer. [Link]
On 27 November, SMU hosted a launch of the book How Working Together Matters: Adversity, Aspiration, Action, edited by BSI Director Professor David Chan and contained a Foreword by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. Deputy Prime Minister & Coordinating Minister for Economic and Social Policies Tharman Shanmugaratnam was the Guest-of-Honour at the launch. More information on the book launch is available here. [Link 1] [Link 2]
  • In addition to the book Public Trust in Singapore and the book How Working Together Matters, information on other books authored or edited by Professor David Chan and published by World Scientific are available here. [Link]
BSI Outreach
The following are some BSI outreach activities that took place in October-December 2018, where Professor David Chan delivered talks as an invited speaker on applications of behavioural sciences.
  • Ministerial Conference on Diabetes, attended by Health Ministers and senior officials in delegations from different countries, officials from the World Health Organization, World Bank and ASEAN.
  • Singapore Policy Forum organised by the Economics Society of Singapore.
BSI Research
The following article, co-authored by BSI Director Professor David Chan, has been published.
  • Hoffman, M. E., Chan, D., Chen, G., Dansereau, F., Rousseau, D., & Schneider, B. (2018). Panel Interview: Reflections on Multilevel Theory, Measurement, & Analysis. In S. E. Humphrey & J.M. LeBreton (Eds.,), Handbook for multilevel theory, measurement and analysis. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
Upcoming BSI Seminars
  • 22 January 2019
    Envy in Response to Help: A Helping as Status Relations Model
    Seminar by Kenneth Tai
    Assistant Professor of OBHR, SMU

  • 29 January 2019
    Culture and Well-Being: Similarities and Differences
    Seminar by William Tov
    Associate Professor of Psychology, SMU
  • 12 February 2019
    How Does Personality Determine Your Favourite Songs and Desktop Settings?
    Seminar by Qiu Lin
    Associate Professor of Psychology, Nanyang Technological University
  • 12 March 2019
    Feeling Good or Feeling Right: Morally Appropriate Emotions and Effects on Consumption
    Seminar by Stephanie Lin
    Assistant Professor of Marketing, SMU
  • 26 March 2019
    Crossing Academic Boundaries and Problem Solving: Some Benefits of Double-Majoring
    Seminar by Ivy Lau
    Assistant Professor of Psychology, SMU
  • 2 April 2019
    Me vs. We?: The Influence of Dual Self-Construal Integration on Singaporeans’ Personal Outcomes
    Seminar by Cheng Chi-Ying
    Associate Professor of Psychology, SMU
Highlights of Recent BSI Seminars
2 October 2018
Kimin Eom, Assistant of Psychology, SMU, presented a seminar titled “A Sociocultural Psychological Analysis of Antecedents of Pro-Environmental Support”. He discussed the role of psychology in pro-environmental support among citizens from a sociocultural perspective.
23 October 2018
Jacinth Tan, Assistant Professor of Psychology, SMU, presented a seminar titled “Physiological Linkage in Cross-Class Dyadic Interaction”. She discussed affective and behavioural responses that may occur during interactions involving people from different social classes.
Insights from Behavioural Sciences
In this regular section on Insights from Behavioural Sciences, we feature an invited commentary where Professor David Chan explained how virtue can become vice when we are excessively high on a positive attribute like confidence, conscientiousness and courage, or a positive attitude towards others like trusting someone. He explained that instead of moderation, the way to prevent our strengths from becoming self-defeating weaknesses is to self-reflect and take constructive steps to do something. The article was published in The Straits Times on 3 November 2018. [Link]
Applications from Behavioural Sciences
In this regular section on Applications from Behavioural Sciences, we feature an invited 10-Questions Interview by the Singapore International Foundation where Professor David Chan hared his thoughts on the psychology of international relations and how we can build quality relationships across individuals and cultures. The transcript of the full interview was published in the Singapore Magazine on 18 November 2018. [Link]

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