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Volume 7, Issue 3 (September 2017)

Professor David Chan has been conferred the prestigious award of Fellow status by both the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP) and the American Psychological Association Division of Personality and Social Psychology (APA Division 8). In addition to these two latest Fellow awards, Professor Chan is an Elected Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Organisational Psychology (SIOP), Association for Psychological Science (APS), American Psychological Association (APA) and the International Association of Applied Psychology (IAAP). He is now the first scientist to receive Elected Fellow status from all these six major international organisations for psychologists. [Link to press release]
Professor Chan is reappointed as a member of the National Council on Problem Gambling with effect from 1 September 2017.
Building Inclusive and Resilient Communities
In an invited media interview, SMU Behavioural Sciences Institute Director Professor David Chan discussed the concept of inclusive communities and how it relates to issues such as social resilience, trust and the use of social media. [Link to video in YouTube]
BSI Research
The following is a recent academic publication based on a study in which BSI research fellow Dr Liu Pan is a Co-Investigator:
Kwon, N., Sturt, P., & Liu, P. (2017). Predicting semantic features in Chinese: Evidence from ERPs. Cognition, 166, 433-446.
Upcoming BSI Seminars
5 September 2017
Perceiving More Benefits and Fewer Burdens: Grateful People Have More Satisfying Relationships
Seminar by Nai Ze Ling
Psychology PhD Candidate, SMU
26 September 2017
A Time for Creativity: How Future-Oriented Schemas Facilitate Creativity
Seminar by Brandon Koh
Psychology PhD Candidate, SMU
3 October 2017
Analysis of Big Data in Social and Behavioural Sciences: A Theory-Driven Approach
Seminar by Mike Cheung
Associate Professor of Psychology, National University of Singapore
17 October 2017
How do Small Groups Promote Behaviour Change?
Seminar by Charles Abraham
Professor of Psychology Applied to Health, University of Exeter
24 October 2017
The Role of Experiential Factors in Shaping our Cognition: Evidence from Bilingualism and Video Games
Seminar by Andree Hartanto
Psychology PhD Candidate, SMU
31 October 2017
Vocational Interest Congruence and Job Performance: Person x Occupation Cross-Level Interactions
Seminar by Serena Wee
Assistant Professor of Psychology, SMU
14 November 2017
Multiculturalism and Creativity: The Application of an Affective-Cognitive Model
Seminar by Cheng Chi-Ying
Associate Professor of Psychology, SMU
Insights from Behavioural Sciences
In this regular section on Insights from Behavioural Sciences, we feature an invited commentary where Professor David Chan explained the psychology of socio-political humour. He discussed how humour is related to health, when humour can become harm and how to handle humour. The article was published in The Straits Times on 19 August 2017. [Link]
Applications from Behavioural Sciences
In this regular section on Applications from Behavioural Sciences, we feature an invited commentary in which Professor David Chan explained the human reaction to threats by pursuing "fight or flight" and the differences in adaptive responses between physical and non-physical threats. He illustrated the issues with the types of threat in terrorism versus in disputes. The article was published in The Straits Times on 15 July 2017. [Link]

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