2019 APS Convention
May 23–26, 2019Washington, DC
Washington Marriott Wardman Park
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FRIDAY, MAY 24, 2019
Psi Chi Distinguished Lecturer
How Culture Influences Our Emotions (and Why It Matters)
9:00–9:50 p.m. | Washington 5
Speaker: Jeanne Tsai (Stanford University)
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CloseChair: Melanie M. Domenech Rodríguez (Psi Chi President, Utah State University)
Jeanne L. Tsai, PhD, is currently Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychology at Stanford University, and the Director of the Stanford Culture and Emotion Lab. She received her BA in psychology from Stanford, and her PhD in clinical psychology from UC Berkeley. Her research examines the cultural shaping of emotion and its implications for health, decision-making, and person perception. Her work is currently funded by the National Science Foundation and has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute on Aging, and the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression. She was associate editor of Emotion from 2015–17. She is fellow of the Association for Psychological Science, the American Psychological Association Division 8, the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, and the Society for Experimental Social Psychology. At Stanford, she has received the Dean’s Award for Distinguished Teaching and the Asian American Activities Center Faculty Award. Her work has been described in various national news outlets including Psychology Today, World Economic Forum, Harvard Business Review, The Atlantic, and the Washington Post.
Abstract: Although most people want to feel good, people differ in the specific positive states they value and ideally want to feel (what I call their “ideal affect”). In this talk, I will describe a series of studies showing that: (1) how people want to feel differs from how they actually feel, (2) cultural factors shape how people want to feel even more than how they actually feel, and (3) these cultural differences in ideal affect have important implications for what people do, how they define health and well-being, and how they perceive and treat other people. Finally, I will discuss how these cultural differences in ideal affect may play themselves out in clinics, corporations, and classrooms in multicultural societies like the United States.
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