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Volume 3, Issue 4 (December 2013)
Announcements
 
 

BSI Director Professor David Chan has been appointed as a member of the International Panel of Experts for the Urban Redevelopment Authority for a 3-year term beginning in 2014.


Our BSI Conference 2014 will be held on 10th March 2014 (Monday) at the Orchard Hotel. More details will be provided soon.

     
Upcoming Events
 

7 January 2014
Fit Happens Globally: Cultural Dynamics of Person-Environment Fit Dimensions in Predicting Job Attitude and Performance
Seminar by In-Sue Oh
Associate Professor of Human Resource Management, Temple University

14 January 2014
Can Individual Judgments be Consistent? The Effects of Calibration on Rating Modification and Consistency
Seminar by Tsai Ming-Hong
Assistant Professor of Psychology, SMU

21 January 2014
The Motivational Basis of Personality Traits
Seminar by Ronald Fischer
Professor of Psychology, Victoria University of Wellington

5 November 2013
Constraints on Beliefs and Behaviours
Seminar by Evelyn Au
Assistant Professor of Psychology, SMU

11 February 2014
Understanding Cultural Differences in Intercultural Negotiation: The Role of Essentialism
Seminar by Melody Chao
Assistant Professor of Management, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

4 March 2014
Mindfulness at the Workplace: Results from Recent Studies
Seminar by Jochen Reb
Associate Professor of Organisational Behaviour & Human Resources, SMU

11 March 2014
Leveraging Social Media for Social Science Research
Seminar by Qiu Lin
Assistant Professor of Psychology, Nanyang Technological University

18 March 2014
Unpacking the Creative Benefits of Paradoxical Frames: The Boundary Condition of Tolerating
and Normalizing Contradictions

Seminar by Angela Leung
Associate Professor of Psychology, SMU

1 April 2014
Boundaries of the Multiculturalism-Creativity Link: The Effects of Diverse Culture, Competitiveness,
and Need for Cognitive Closure on Creativity

Seminar by Cheng Chi-Ying
Assistant Professor of Psychology, SMU

8 April 2014
Cultural Materialism as Context: Norm Adherence or Self-Expression? 
Seminar by Wan Ching
Associate Professor of Psychology, NTU

   
 
Highlights of Recent Seminars
 
1 October 2013
Krishna Savani, Assistant Professor of Management & Organisation, National University of Singapore, presented a seminar titled “A Novel Predictor of Intercultural Learning: Implicit Learning Ability”. He discussed how the ability to implicitly learn complex patterns could influence intercultural learning ability and adjustment.
     
22 October 2013
Vincent Chua, Assistant Professor of Sociology, National University of Singapore, presented a seminar titled “Social Capital: How Context Matters”. He discussed the concept of social capital and related it to status attainment across various labour market settings in Singapore.
     
29 October 2013
Ivy Lau, Assistant Professor of Psychology (Education), Singapore Management University, presented a seminar titled “Normative Influences on Behaviours”. She discussed the concept of intersubjective cultural norms and its relevance for understanding high-stake personal decisions.
     
5 November 2013
Evelyn Au, Assistant Professor of Psychology, Singapore Management University, presented a seminar titled “Constraints on Beliefs and Behaviour”. She discussed how the subjective perception of constrains affects an individual’s perceived control over behaviour and expected outcomes.
     
12 November 2013
Ronald Bledow, Assistant Professor of Organisational Behaviour and Human Resources, Singapore Management University, presented a seminar titled “Creativity and the Affective Dynamics of Self-Regulation”. He discussed how the creative mindset is related to psychological processes of negative affect and self-regulation.
 
Insights from Behavioural Sciences

In this regular section on Insights from Behavioural Sciences, we feature an invited commentary by Professor David Chan. The article explained how a confirmatory bias influences the way people treat information that contradicts their existing beliefs, positions or actions and related the issues to managing disagreements between the Government and citizens or advocacy groups. The article was published in The Straits Times on 16 November 2013.
 
Applications from Behavioural Sciences

In this regular section on Applications from Behavioural Sciences, we feature an invited commentary by Professor David Chan. The article examined how the negative emotions that dominated 2013 have led to some positive outcomes and suggested that, moving forward, Singapore should focus on three shared values (integrity, fairness, social harmony) and three guiding principles (rule of law, accountability, people-centricity). The article was published in The Straits Times on 28 December 2013.
 


About BSI
 
The Behavioural Sciences Institute (BSI) is a multi-disciplinary research institute for creating, disseminating and applying scientific knowledge about human behaviours in various social, organisational and cultural settings. For more information on BSI, please refer to our website. Should you have any further enquiries, do contact us with the email or phone contact details provided below.

 
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