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Decision Sciences Collaborative Colloquium

Sep 18, 2015, 12:00pm - 1:30pm

Shigehiro Oishi, Professor in Psychology, University of Virginia, will present at the Decision Sciences Collaborative Colloquium in 035 Psychology, Socio-Ecological Psychology.

Socio-ecological psychology investigates humans’ cognitive, emotional, and behavioral adaption to physical, interpersonal, economic, and political environments. This talk covers three types of socio-ecological psychology research: (a) association studies that link an aspect of social ecology (e.g., population density) with psychology (e.g., prosocial behavior), (b) process studies that clarify why there is an association between social ecology and psychology (e.g., residential mobility, anxiety, familiarity-seeking), and (c) niche construction studies that illuminate how psychological states give rise to the creation and maintenance of a social ecology (e.g., familiarity-seeking, dominance of national chain stores). Socio-ecological psychology attempts to bring the objectivist perspective to psychological science, investigating how objective social and physical environments, not just perception and construal of the environments, affect one’s thinking, feeling, and behaviors, as well as how people’s thinking, feeling, and behaviors give rise to social and built environments.

Shige Oishi is a Professor in Psychology at the University of Virginia. He has published over 140 articles and chapters on culture, social ecology, and well-being, and two books: Doing The Science of Happiness in Japanese in 2009 and The Psychological Wealth of Nations: Do Happy People Make a Happy Society? from Wiley-Blackwell in 2012. His papers have appeared in Science, Annual Review of Psychology, Perspectives on Psychological Science, Psychological Science, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Journal of Personality among others. In 2010, Oishi was named one of the most cited social psychologists in North America. He is an elected fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science, the Society of Personality and Social Psychology, and the Society of Experimental Social Psychology. He served as associate editor for Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 2008-2010, and the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 2011-2015.

Oishi received a BA in psychology from International Christian University (Tokyo, Japan) in 1993, an MEd from Columbia University, Teachers College, New York in 1995, and a PhD in personality and social psychology from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 2000. He was assistant professor of psychology at the University of Minnesota, 2000-2004. In 2004, Oishi moved to the University of Virginia, and was promoted to an associate professor in 2006, and promoted to full professor in 2012.

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