When is there time for just quiet thought? It’s rare, said Timothy Wilson during the SPSP meeting in Austin on Feb. 14, 2014.  Skyping into the meeting from snowbound Virginia, Wilson reported that two-thirds of males would rather shock themselves than sit with their thoughts for 15 minutes. It starts at a young age: Wilson showed a picture of a training potty for toddlers equipped with an iPad. His work is examining the challenges and the benefits of “reverie” — enjoying our own thoughts.

Wilson’s talk was one of three award addresses, his on the occasion of receiving of the Donald T. Campbell Award. Carol Dweck of Stanford University, recipient of the Distinguished Scholar Award, spoke about the power of beliefs and ways to unify personality and social psychology. Robert (Jeff) McCrae, also snowed-in and recipient of the Jack Block Award, had Angelina Sutin stand in and deliver his talk about how the environment does not affect personality traits the way we have traditionally thought.  Watch these videos here and share them!


Tim Wilson of the University of Virginia: Just Think: The Challenges and Benefits of the Mind at Play


Carol Dweck of Stanford University: Beliefs: Uniting Personality and Social Psychology



Angelina Sutin (Florida State University College of Medicine), standing in for Jeff McCrae, with an introduction first by David Funder, SPSP past president: Basic Tendencies and Characteristic Adaptations



Read more about these awards in the SPSP press release: From the Bystander Effect to Political Ideologies: Excellence in Personality & Social Psychology

-Lisa M.P. Munoz