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Volume 4, Issue 1 (March 2014)
BSI Director Professor David Chan received the Outstanding Volunteer Award at the Ministry of Social and Family Development Volunteer Awards Ceremony on 21 February 2014. The award was presented in recognition of the volunteers’ dedication and contributions towards serving the community.
Upcoming Event
08 April 2014
Cultural Materialism as Context: Norm Adherence or Self-Expression?
Seminar by Wan Ching
Associate Professor of Psychology, Nanyang Technological University

Highlights of Recent Seminars
07 January 2014
In-Sue Oh, Associate Professor of Human Resource Management at Temple University, presented a seminar titled "Fit Happens Globally: Cultural Dynamics of Person-Environment Fit Dimensions in Predicting Job Attitude and Performance" where he discussed how cross-cultural dynamics  apply to person-environment fit, work attitudes and job performance.
14 January 2014
Tsai Ming-Hong, Assistant Professor of Psychology at SMU, presented a seminar titled "Can Individual Judgments be Consistent? The Effects of Calibration on Rating Modification and Consistency" where he highlighted how interpersonal calibration may offer a novel approach to information utilisation and help people overcome self-confirmation biases.
21 January 2014
Ronald Fischer, Associate Professor of Psychology at the Victoria University of Wellington, presented a seminar titled "The Motivational Basis of Personality Traits" where he discussed the relationship between personality traits and values, and how systematic linkages between personality and values are shaped by the ecological and institutional context.
11 February 2014
Melody Chao, Assistant Professor of Management at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, presented a seminar titled "Understanding Cultural Differences in Intercultural Negotiation: The Role of Essentialism" where she discussed how individuals’ understanding of cultural differences may promote or hinder intercultural (vs. intracultural) negotiation.
04 March 2014
Jochen Reb, Associate Professor of Organisational Behaviour & Human Resources at SMU, presented a seminar titled "Mindfulness at the Workplace: What it is and What it does" where he discussed mindfulness and its influence on individual well-being, performance and job satisfaction at the workplace.
11 March 2014
Lin Qiu, Assistant Professor of Psychology at NTU, presented a seminar titled "Leveraging Social Media for Social Science Research" where he discussed how use of social media could be relevant for the study of personality expressions in naturalistic settings.
18 March 2014
Angela Leung, Associate Professor of Psychology at SMU, presented a seminar titled "Unpacking the Creative Benefits of Paradoxical Frames: Between-Person and Between Culture Analyses" where she discussed how conflict resolution tactics or cultural approaches toward conflict may mitigate the creative benefits of a paradoxical frame of mind.
25 March 2014
Kenneth Tai, Assistant Professor of Organisational Behaviour & Human Resources at SMU, presented a seminar on “The Pain of Social Exclusion: The Role of Warmth and Competence” where he discussed how social perceptions of warmth and competence may affect perception of pain from social exclusion.
01 April 2014
Cheng Chi Ying, Assistant Professor of Psychology at SMU, presented a seminar on “The Effects of Diverse Culture And “Kiasu” on Creativity” where she discussed how individual motivational states (e.g., "Kiasu" - vernacular term referring to a state of extreme competitiveness) may attenuate the creative benefits afforded by cultural diversity.
Insights from Behavioural Sciences

In this regular section on Insights from Behavioural Sciences, we feature an invited commentary by BSI Director Professor David Chan. The article discussed issues of public expectations, with suggestions on how to prevent or mitigate negative public reactions. The article was published in The Straits Times on 19 February 2014.
Applications from Behavioural Sciences

In this regular section on Applications from Behavioural Sciences, we feature "The Social Experiment", a 5-episode programme series. This series is a collaboration between Channel NewsAsia and BSI. Each episode featured a social experiment study conducted recently in Singapore. The study demonstrated a psychological phenomenon that explains the way people think, feel and behave. BSI Director Professor David Chan was on the show to explain the design, results and implications of the study. Each episode was shown consecutively every Saturday in March. You can watch each episode on the Channel NewsAsia website by clicking the links provided below.

The Social Experiment (Episode 1) - “Help Wanted”, a study on the Bystander Effect.
The Social Experiment (Episode 2) - “Rocky Memory Lane”, a study on the Reconstructive Memory Effect.
The Social Experiment (Episode 3) - “The Price of Being Paid”, a study on the Over-Justification Effect.
The Social Experiment (Episode 4) - “Perfecting Performance”, a study on the Social Facilitation/Inhibition Effect.
The Social Experiment (Episode 5) - “Marked for Failure”, a study on the Stereotype Threat Effect.

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