Blog : Emotion research

In New York for ISJR

In New York for ISJR


I’m visiting New York to attend the International Society for Justice Research biennial conference. In between amazing food, great live music, and my everlasting search for good coffee I’ll be hearing about top notch socially impactful research! My talk is at 2:10 on Saturday June 21 in the session “Overcoming obstacles to social change”, abstract below:

Feeling hopeful inspires support for social change

Hope is an emotion that has been implicated in social change efforts, yet no research has examined whether feeling hopeful actually motivates support for social change. Study 1 (N=274) confirmed that hope is associated with greater support for social change in two countries with different political contexts. Study 2 (N=165) revealed that hope predicts support for social change better than other emotions often investigated in collective action research. Study 3 (N=100) replicated this finding using a hope scale and showed the effect occurs over and above positive mood. Study 4 (N=58) demonstrated experimentally that hope motivates support for social change. In all four studies, the effect of hope was mediated by perceived efficacy to achieve social equality. This research confirms the motivating potential of hope and illustrates the power of this emotion in generating social change.



Symposium at SASP

Symposium at SASP

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I’m heading to the Society for Australasian Social Psychologists to chair a symposium on “Regulating emotion and motivation to achieve personal and social goals.” I’m really excited about our line up of speakers, including Elise Kalokerinos, Stephanie Tobin, and Lisa Williams. Here’s the symposium abstract and talk titles:


The ability to self-regulate in order to achieve important goals is a skill critical to the successful functioning of individuals and societies. This symposium features research that explores antecedents and consequences of this self-regulation process, focusing on the regulation of emotion and motivation to achieve personal and social goals. On the personal side, Greenaway and Tobin explore internal and external factors that impact individual self-regulation efforts. On the social side, Kalokerinos and Williams discuss the consequences of emotion regulation for social perception and prosocial behaviour. Together, the talks highlight push-and-pull challenges of self-regulation as people attempt to avoid temptation, resist social influence, craft impressions, and act altruistically to achieve important goals in life.


Katharine Greenaway – Bodily awareness improves self-regulation but renders people vulnerable to depletion

Stephanie Tobin – The effect of other people’s goal attainment on observers’ reward state and motivation

Elise Kalokerinos – Emotion regulation and personality perception

Lisa Williams – Proud to be a donor: pride uniquely predicts re-donation intention and behaviour