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Volume 1, Issue 3 (September 2011)

BSI in the News

SMU Press Releases

Media Highlights





Upcoming Events:

BSI Seminars

Cognitive Models of Relationships: An Overview of the Role of Physical Warmth

Going Beyond the Multicultural Experience-Creative Link

Past Events:

BSI Workshop for Public Service Officers
(25 & 26 July)

Subjective Well-Being and Public Policy

BSI Forum

Homo Heuristicus: Why Biased Minds Make Better Inferences

BSI Seminars

Negotiating with Fate When Experiencing Constraints: How Believing in Fate Can Inspire Agency

Intuitive Politicians or Intuitive Penitents? Regret Aversion, Accountability and Justification in the Decoy Effect

Estimating and Comparing Specific Mediation Effects in Complex Latent Variable Models

Fold'em!: The Effect of Physical Enclosure on Goal Pursuits

The Interest Indicator Model of Humor: The Role of Wit in Assessing Potential Relationships

Fast and Frugal Decisions about Food

Longitudinal Assessment of Changes in Performance and Attitudes: Conceptual and Methodological Issues


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Professor David Chan, Director of BSI, becomes the first Asian to receive Elected Fellow status from all four international associations of psychology. To read more, click [here].


Assistant Professor Evelyn Au has been appointed as Deputy Director (Academic Affairs) of BSI for one year with effect from 1st July 2011.


Highlights of Recent Seminars

Evelyn Au, Assistant Professor of Psychology at SMU, argued that acknowledging fate does not imply relinquishing control. She presented empirical studies that demonstrated the notion of negotiable fate as an integration of fate and control beliefs.

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Jochen Reb, Associate Professor of Organisational Behaviour & Human Resources at SMU, explored the relationships linking anticipated regret, accountability and justification. He presented empirical studies that demonstrated behavioural effects influenced by the anticipation of regret and the need to justify one’s choices to an external audience.

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Gordon Cheung, Professor of Management at Chinese University of Hong Kong, discussed the limitations of existing statistical methods and computer programmes for estimating mediation effects in latent variable modeling. He demonstrated the use of a novel and flexible method for testing and comparing specific mediation effects in complex latent variable modeling.

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Research Feature

BSI has recently sponsored a research study by Assistant Professor Angela Leung examining how emotions mediate the effect of multicultural experiences on creativity. The research was presented at the 2011 Annual Meetings of the Academy of Management and published (in press) in the Journal of Social Issues.


Applications from Behavioural Sciences

Increasingly, governments and organisations worldwide are including measures of subjective well-being to track progress, as they realise the need for systematic examination of aspects of well-being in addition to traditional economic measures. In this issue, we feature the application of behavioural sciences in the area of well-being. The following three articles published in the The Business Times reported on the work of BSI in this area and featured an interview with BSI Director on the concept of Subjective Well-Being. Click to read the articles: