Clarkson Psychology Students Present at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology Virtual Convention – Clarkson University News

SPSP Students

Recently, several Clarkson undergraduate students presented at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology Convention (SPSP) held virtually last month. The event draws more than 3800 social and personality psychologists from academia, non-profit, government, and private sectors to discuss research, network and collaborate on projects, and pursue professional development while advancing science and pedagogy in the field.

Kristy Pidgeon ‘21 and Tyler Scensny ‘21 presented on “The Connection between Human Autonomy and Egalitarian Ideals: The Mediating Role of Humility”. Their research showed that humility (i.e., willingness to be wrong) can explain why those with more agency and self-determination are less prejudiced. They found that interpersonal and intellectual humility explain why autonomy is associated with lower prejudice, even when controlling for other known mediators of prejudice (such as social dominance orientation, perspective-taking, self-awareness, and gratitude). This research will be submitted for publication with their research mentor, Lisa Legault, in the coming months.