USC Social Psychology Brownbag Series
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The USC Social Psychology Brownbag Series is a set of informal hour long lectures given each semester by invited speakers to members of the USC Social Psychology department and other members of the academic community who are interested in attending.
Sept 10 -- Paul Adler (USC Management)
BEYOND HEDONISM: INDIVIDUAL MOTIVATION IN LARGE-SCALE COLLECTIVE CREATIVITY
Large-scale collective creativity requires formal coordination mechanisms. This paper explores the kind of individual motivation needed in these settings, where individual contributors need simultaneously to display creativity and to embrace the demands of formal coordination. Creativity depends on intrinsic motivation and on values that honor divergent thinking, whereas embracing formal coordination requires subordination to organizational controls and values that honor conforming to organizational constraints and serving collective goals. We use two concepts -- perceived locus of causality and self-construal – to show how these apparently conflicting motivational orientations can be simultaneously sustained.
Oct 22 -- Valerie Folkes (USC Marketing)
The title of my talk is "Perceptions of Organizations with Counterstereotypical Employees: Advantages and Disadvantages of a Gender Diverse Workforce"
I will describe laboratory experiments that examine students' perceptions of an organization that employs counterstereotypical individuals. The research is novel in identifying how various gender compositions (e.g., a solo woman employee, a majority of women) influence perceptions of the group's competence as well as traits attributed to the group as a whole. I will identify conditions in which employing women in stereotypically male occupations can enhance perceptions of the organization and change prescriptive traits for the occupation, as well as conditions in which employing women seems to have a deleterious effects on perceptions of the organization.
Oct 29 -- Ravi Iyer (USC Social Psychology)
"Hypermoralism - When moral principles outweigh concern for others"
I will present data from YourMorals.org specifically focusing on those individuals who believe that loyalty or purity are more important than not harming others, according to the Moral Foundations Questionnaire. I'll also present some general findings from the website and what I've learned about large scale internet data collection.
Nov 5 -- Stephen Read (USC Social Psychology)
Nov 12 -- Peter Carnevale (USC Management)
Nov 19 -- Margaret Shih (RAND)
Information for speakers
Brownbag talks are 1 hour long talks from noon to 1pm given in SGM 807. Please arrive a few minutes before your talk so that we can help get you settled. We provide a projector and can optionally provide a laptop for power point presentations. Talks are usually informal and presentation of empirical results is especially valued.
As a thank you, we usually take speakers to lunch afterwards.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com with any questions.
Spring 2007 - http://jlchristensen.com/brownbag/Welcome.html