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Volume 5, Issue 4 (December 2015)


BSI Conference 2016, with the theme “Social Futures of Singapore Society”, will be held on 26 Feb 2016 at Orchard Hotel. Speakers and panelists include Arnoud De Meyer, Lily Kong, Tommy Koh, Chan Heng Chee, Euston Quah, Melissa Kwee, Arun Mahizhnan, Ang Peng Hwa, Quah Ley Hoon, Jeremy Lim, Irene Ng and David Chan. Details will be available when registration opens in Jan 2016.
World Scientific has published the proceedings of BSI Conference 2015 (Enabling Positive Attitudes and Experiences in Singapore) in a book, which is now available for purchase [LINK].
Upcoming Seminars
12 January 2016
An Information Processing Model of Team Innovation: Implication of Team Structure, Inter-Team Competition, and Member Personality
Seminar by Grace Park
Assistant Professor of Psychology, SMU
19 January 2016
Predicting Life Satisfaction From Online Emotional Expressions: Culture Matters
Seminar by Liu Pan
Research Fellow of BSI, SMU
2 February 2016
Gender-Professional Identity Integration of Women in Business: Measurement, Antecedents and Outcomes
Seminar by Yvonne Tan
Psychology PhD Candidate, SMU
16 February 2016
Acquaintances Can Detect Honesty-Humility and Avoid Those Perceived as Low on Honesty-Humility
Seminar by Lee Huey Woon
Psychology PhD Candidate, SMU
1 March 2016
It Can’t Be All Bad: Can Workplace Interactions Improve Well-Being at Work and the Work-Home Interface?
Seminar by Devasheesh Bhave
Assistant Professor of Organisational Behaviour & Human Resources, SMU
8 March 2016
“Helping” Is Not the Same as “Not Harming”: Investigating the Ethical Decision-Making Processes For Constructive Versus Destructive Behaviors
Seminar by Abhijeet K. Vadera
Assistant Professor of Organisational Behaviour & Human Resources, SMU
22 March 2016
How Can We Achieve Effective Group Processes?
Seminar by Tsai Ming-Hong
Assistant Professor of Psychology, SMU
29 March 2016
On the Controversy Over Bilingual Advantages In Executive Functions
Seminar by Yang Hwajin
Assistant Professor of Psychology, SMU
BSI Outreach
The following are some BSI outreach activities that took place in Oct - Nov 2015.
Professor David Chan delivered the Keynote Address titled “Social Issues and Behavioural Sciences: Implications for Community Development in Singapore” at the Community Development Councils Symposium and joined Social and Family Development Minister Tan Chuan-Jin and the five Mayors in Singapore for a panel discussion. The opening address was delivered by the Guest-of-Honour ESM Goh Chok Tong. Professor Chan also delivered an invited talk titled “People-Centric Issues & Policies in Singapore” at the Singapore Economic Policy Forum.
In collaboration with the Tsao Foundation and SMU Sim Kee Boon Institute for Financial Economics, BSI organised two seminars to equip women with knowledge and skills to enhance their well-being in retirement years. The seminars, conducted in English and Mandarin, were delivered by Professor David Chan and  Dr Yap Swee Cheng.
David Chan Yap Swee Cheng
Highlights of Recent BSI Seminars
13 October 2015
Cheng Chi-Ying, Assistant Professor of Psychology, SMU, presented a seminar titled “The Influence of Gender and Professional Identity Integration on Organisational Performance”. She discussed how the sense of identity experienced by females in male-dominant professions can influence their work performance.
20 October 2015
Kenneth Tai, Assistant Professor of Organisational Behaviour & Human Resources, SMU, presented a seminar titled “A Social Comparison Model of High Performers and Ostracism”. He discussed how high performers may ostracise their co-workers as a consequence of their discomfort of feeling envied.
3 November 2015
Roy Chua, Associate Professor of Organisational Behaviour & Human Resources, SMU, presented a seminar titled “Gender, Task Conflicts, and Intercultural Collaborations”. He discussed how creativity in collaborations may be influenced by task conflicts and the composition of the members involved.
Insights from Behavioural Sciences
In this regular section on Insights from Behavioural Sciences, we feature an invited commentary by Professor David Chan who discussed the psychology of future orientation, explained the distinction between prevention-focused and promotion-focused approaches to thinking about the future, and proposed six positive features to guide futures thinking in Singapore. The article was published in The Straits Times on 17 October 2015. [LINK]
We also feature an invited commentary by Professor Chan who reviewed the major happenings in 2015 where people were at the centre of the events. He suggested that policy makers focus on seven "PC priorities" to be truly people-centric, which should motivate people to contribute to the next chapter of Singapore in a sustainable manner. The article was published in The Straits Times on 22 December 2015. [LINK]
Applications from Behavioural Sciences
In this regular section on Applications from Behavioural Sciences, we feature a talk by BSI Director Professor David Chan at the Post-Election Conference organised by the Institute of Policy Studies (IPS). The video recording of the talk as well as the panel discussion that followed are available in the IPS website here [LINK, Talk by Professor Chan at 46:36].

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