John Bargh (Yale University). Dr. Bargh's lines of research focus on unconscious influences in judgments and social behavior, including unconscious motivations and goal pursuits. Most recently his ACME lab (for Automaticity in Cognition, Motivation, and Emotion; see link below) has focused on the automatic link between social perception and social behavior, which creates tendencies for people to behave similarly to those around them, without realizing they are doing so.
Aaron Benjamin (University of Illinois). Dr. Benjamin leads the Human Memory and Cognition Laboratory in the Department of Psychology at U of I. He uses empirical and computational approaches to understand memory function in normal and elderly human populations. Several areas of focus include learning and memory, metacognition and metamemory, aging and cognition, and language and memory.
Edward Diener (University of Illinois). Dr. Diener's research focuses on the measurement of subjective well-being; temperament and personality influences on happiness; theories of well-being; demographics and well-being (e.g., income, sex, and age); and most recently his work has emphasized cultural influences on subjective well-being. Diener uses experience-sampling methodology for recording subjective well-being, but also has conducted laboratory studies as well as large-scale surveys across many cultures.
Sandra Graham (University of California Los Angeles) is the APA Distinguished Scientist Lecturer at the MPA Annual Meeting. Dr. Graham's research interests include the applications of attribution theory to student motivation and peer-directed aggression in at-risk youth. She also studies motivation and educational attribution theory, the social psychology of education and educational psychology.
Margo Monteith (Purdue University). Dr. Monteith will give the MPA Presidential Address at this year's Annual Meeting. Dr. Monteith's research examines stereotyping and prejudice, drawing from social psychological methods and theories related to social cognition, attitudes, motivation, emotion, and self-regulation.
Sandra Murray (University at Buffalo). Dr. Murray examines how individuals in romantic relationships interpret and construct reality in ways that protect them from potential threats to commitment, such as the perception of a partner's faults, the risks inherent in depending on another, and the potential of rejection.
Invited Talks, Workshops, and Roundtables