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Volume 4, Issue 4 (December 2014)
BSI Conference 2015, with the theme “Enabling Positive Attitudes and Experiences in Singapore”, will be held on 27 Feb 2015 at the Marriott Hotel, Orchard Road. Details are available when registration opens in Jan 2015.
BSI Director Professor David Chan is the Editor of an upcoming book “50 Years of Social Issues in Singapore”, which is a volume in a series of books to be published next year by World Scientific to mark Singapore’s 50 years of nation building. The Foreword for the book is written by Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam. The various book chapters are authored by leaders of the respective areas including major figures who have played significant role in Singapore’s nation building. More details are available in the 2-paged book flyer here.
Upcoming Events

06 January 2015
The Origin and Development of the HEXACO Model of Personality
Seminar by Kibeom Lee
Professor of Psychology, University of Calgary

13 January 2015
Parent, Partner, or Provider: Trading Resources for Childcare in Mate Selection
Seminar by Katherine A Valentine
Psychology PhD Candidate, SMU

27 January 2015
Effective Communication During the Expression of Dissenting Opinions
Seminar by Tsai Ming-Hong
Assistant Professor of Psychology, SMU

03 February 2015
The Cognitive Advantages of Bilingualism
Seminar by Yang Hwajin
Assistant Professor of Psychology, SMU

10 February 2015
Effective Causal Learning
Seminar by Ho Seng Beng
Senior Scientist, Institute of High Performance Computing, A*STAR

10 March 2015
National Feelings or Rational Dealings? How Multicultural Attitude, Framing, and Procedural Priming Affect Foreign Acquisition Acceptance
Seminar by Jennifer Tong
Assistant Professor of Psychology, SMU

07 April 2015
The Quest for Epistemic Security In a Changing World: The Role and Impact of Individuals’ Need for Closure
Seminar by Arne Roets
Professor of Developmental, Personality & Social Psychology,
Ghent University

Highlights of Recent Seminars
30 September 2014
Joseph Simons, Scientist at A*STAR, presented a seminar titled “Divisive Issues & Social Threat: The Dissensus Effect”. He discussed the factors that influence social opinion on socially divisive issues and ways that could help promote constructive discussions on difficult societal issues.
04 November 2014
Gillian Yeo, Professor of Management & Organisations at University of Western Australia, presented a seminar titled “The Dynamics of Goal-oriented Leader Behaviour in Action Teams”. She discussed how studies on self-regulation and teams could help team leaders better manage critical incidents.
11 November 2014
Yang Yinping, Scientist at A*STAR, presented a seminar titled “Reducing Disagreements, Inefficiency and Mistrust in Agent-human e-Business Negotiations”. She discussed how experiments and social technology could be integrated to improve negotiations in e-business transactions.

As part of a collaboration through the A*STAR-SMU Centre for Technology and Social-Behavioural Insights, A*STAR scientists Dr Zhaoxia Wang and Dr Victor Tong and BSI Director Professor David Chan co-authored a paper on issues in social data analytics and sentiment analysis of social media data. The paper has been accepted for presentation at the 6th IEEE International Conference on Cloud Computing Technology and Science.
Insights from Behavioural Sciences

In this regular section on Insights from Behavioural Sciences, we feature an interview with Professor David Chan in the season conclusion of the Channel NewsAsia programme “Future Forward” where he discussed future societies with regard to global city pursuits, ageing, cultural diversity and national identity. The video is available on the official website of Channel NewsAsia.

We also feature an invited commentary by Professor David Chan. The article discussed why people often think how things could have been better or worse after an event has occurred and how these counterfactual thoughts influence the way people think, feel and behave. The article was published in The Straits Times on 18 Oct 2014.
Applications from Behavioural Sciences

In this regular section on Applications from Behavioural Sciences, we feature an invited commentary by Professor David Chan. The article discussed shared values and guiding principles underlying reactions to some local headline events in 2014. The article was published in The Straits Times on 6 Dec 2014.

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