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European Bulletin of Social Psychology 29,3 (November 2017)


Dear colleagues,
I hope you have had a fine summer and that the energy boost from our great General meeting in Granada still invigorates your thoughts and work. With the fall rapidly turning into winter (at least in the northern part of the world), it is again time for an update and information about our activites.

In this volume of the EBSP, we have two highly topical contributions to our Opinions & Perspectives section (O & P). The first is a piece by Fouad Bou Zeineddine based on his presentation at the round-table discussion “Building Support for Social Psychologists at Risk” during our Granada GM. This symposium, lead by our former president Manuela Barreto, was initiated to put focus on social psychologists across the world that are facing increasingly hard times; some fleeing from conflict and war, some facing religious or political persecution, others caught up in travel bans and other exclusionary measures. The EASP, in conjunction with ISPP, has taken a number of measures in responses to specific crises, most notably in Turkey, but the question is how we go further to generate new, effective forms of solidarity. In his contribution, Fouad presents main aspects of marginalization, as well as proposals to alleviate these, suggested in his interviews with social psychologists from and in developing countries. I trust it that you will take time to read this urgent piece thoroughly. The proposals include several excellent ideas for practical solutions to increase connectivity and inclusion, but also address attitudinal issues that aggravate asymmetries in opportunities and resources. We also have a very interesting contribution by poll expert John Curtice. His piece gives a sobering and enlightening inside perspective on why the polling institutes have recently failed to predict important electoral outcomes (e.g., Brexit, the Trump election). The text provides invaluable keys to make sense of this issue, and deserves attention from everyone concerned with the recent mismatches between predicted and actual electoral outcomes.

The situation in Turkey is worsening, and the repression on academics is growing. Our colleagues in Turkey are facing law suits for Peace declaration signatories, and both their families and the general population are continuously facing oppression and danger. This bulletin provides an update of the situation provided by the Social and Political Platform of Turkey. Active support to academics in Turkey is crucial, and we strongly invite you to consider the suggestions included in the letter on how to do this.

In the rest of the bulletin, you will find other information, for example, about the membership and membership fees, as well as the usual sections including inspiring reports on past meetings supported by EASP, on members’ activities that were supported by grants from the Association, and new members.

Lastly, if you miss the stimulating discussions with colleagues from around the world, the wine and the beauty of southern Spain, let me just remind you that you can still access pictures and movies of the Granada meeting on our website.

Best wishes
Torun Lindholm

President's Corner

Dear Members of EASP,

After six years of devoted service to the association, Manuela Barreto, Mara Cadinu, and Daniel Wigboldus have left the executive committee. The Granada General Meeting marks the start of a new executive committee. In the name of all the members of the association, we would like to thank them for all the hard work they did over the last 6 years.We all benefitted from their engagement!

The new executive committee (Jean-Claude Croizet, Ernestine Gordijn, Kai Jonas, Malgorzata Kossowska, Torun Lindholm, Monica Rubini, and Kai Sassenberg) has held its inaugural meeting. I want to use this president’s corner to share with you our thoughts about our goals EASP for the next 3 years and the resulting opportunities for you as members.

Diversity and support for regions
Diversity has been a key theme of EASP executive committees from the beginning on, but in particular for the last 6 years. We will focus on diversity within the association with special attention – but not limited to –regional diversity. To this end, we want to support social psychologist in regions of Europe in which our discipline or our association are less well represented. Under the label of RKTS (Research Knowledge Transfer Scheme), we will more intensely support members to organize workshops or networks (e.g., forming regional organizations, transfer of special research skills) for social psychologists. We are happy to support you with manpower (either personally or helping you to find speakers) but also financially. We will actively approach potential organizers. At the same time, we also invite you to approach us – not necessarily with complete proposal, but also with rough ideas or suggestions regarding measure that could help social psychology in your country, community, or field.

For future rounds of award applications, we will take even more care that diversity aspects will be taken into consideration. To this end, we have started to revise award criteria. Procedures of award committees, will likewise be adjusted.
We also will remain involved in activities supporting psychologists at risk, for example in Turkey, but also in other regions (for details see the reports below).

Mastering the challenges resulting from changes in the publication system
Over the last decade, the scientific publication system has undergone a revolution. Scientific discussions are not limited any more to major journals, but develop in open access journals, on preprint servers, blogs, social media etc. This has an impact on the scientific discourse and reduces the importance and the income generated by major journals. Given that the subscription fees collected by the publishing houses are also majorly contributing to the income of EASP, the changes in the publication system work against the financial health of EASP. It will be one of the main goals of the current executive committee to prepare EASP for upcoming changes in the publication system. We are currently financially very healthy, but we need to get prepared for what is coming. As soon as we will have developed a clear vision about the steps to be taken, we will provide you with more detailed plans.

Besides, we will take care that our association will continue to do what it was founded for: Supporting research in social psychology and the exchange between social psychologists in Europe and beyond. This has set the agenda of the association for more than five decades and it will also guide our activities. Here is what EASP offers you:

Support for members
EASP offers travel grants - for postgraduate as well as for full members – and seedcorn grants. These grants are meant to support exchange between and collaborative research of European social psychologist. Funding rates are substantially higher than in case of most other funding sources. Please make use of this opportunity!

Support for preregistered research
As one means to support changes in social psychology towards more replicability, the association supports pre-registered research. Members who have received an IPA (in principle acceptance) from peer reviewed journal, such as CRSP or one of the many other journals publishing registered reports can apply for up to € 1000 to conduct preregistered research.

Support for meetings
EASP offers support for meeting organizers. The initiative of the numerous people who have organized EASP meetings over the years has been the most important platform for the exchange between members. It is a must that half of the meeting attendees are EASP members, but apart from this requirement we are open to support different types of meetings. Thus, if you have an idea for a meeting, you should definitely consider applying for EASP support.

Beside all these activities, we are prepared to listen to you. Please contact us for issues you want us to deal with. Without your input, our willingness to act for the good of the association and its members might fail to address your vital interests and needs. Thus, please get in touch with us and tell us about crucial problems or themes that otherwise might escape our attention.

Best wishes!

Kai Sassenberg in the name of the EASP Executive Committee

Opinions and Perspectives

How not to be WEIRD in social psychology: Solution proposals for issues facing social psychologists in or from developing countries

By Fouad Bou Zeineddine, Assistant Professor, The American University of Cairo, Egypt

An inquiry on election polls

By John Curtice, Professor of Politics at the University of Strathclyde, and President of the British Polling Council

Call for Organizing the 2020 EASP General Meeting

The Executive Committee calls for offers to organize and host the next General Meeting in three years time (2020). We are particularly interested in offers form countries (and parts of Europe more generally) that have not staged our most important meeting before. However the most important concern is to host a successful meeting so offers from members of the Association form all parts of Europe are very welcome and will be given full consideration at our next committee meeting.

Call for Organizing the 2020 EASP General Meeting

Applications are welcome as soon possible but in any case until February 15, 2018

Updates about the situation of our colleagues in Turkey

Upcoming Meetings

EASP Meeting: Boundaries, Norms, and Conflicts: Understanding Intergroup Relations and Rising Intolerance Across Europe and Beyond

Organizers: Barbara Lášticová, Anna Kende, Katarzyna Jasko, Stephen D. Reicher Bratislava, Slovakia, 7-9 September, 2018 Deadline for applications: March 31, 2018

EASP Meeting: Polarization, Populism, Political Alienation: Causes and Consequences of Social Diversity and Inequality? Consultation and Discussion Seminar with a Focus on PhD Students and Postdocs

November 1st - 4th, 2018, University of Koblenz-Landau, Landau (Germany) Organisers: Melanie C. Steffens, Susanne Bruckmüller, Franziska Ehrke, Julia Dupont, Nadine Knab, Nicole Methner Deadline for applications: May 31, 2018

EASP Meeting: Understanding and Transforming Challenging Relationships: Setting a Research Agenda for a 21st Century Social Psychology

07-09 June 2018, San Sebastian, Basque Country/Spain Organisers: Masi Noor (Keele University), Magdalena Bobowik (University of the Basque Country), Christian Chan ( University of Hong Kong), Amrisha Vaish (University of Virginia), Meytal Nasie ( Bar-Ilan University), and Loren Toussaint ( Luther College in Decorah, Iowa)

EASP Meeting: Group Based Power: Solidarity vs. Collective Action

June 28th – July 1st, 2018, Oppurg (Germany) Organisers: David Urschler & Thomas Kessler Application deadline: February 28th, 2018

EASP summer school 2018

Applications are welcome for the summer school 2018.

A warm THANK YOU to the organisers Johannes Ullrich, Veronika Brandstätter, Urte Scholz, and Klaus Jonas!

EASP summer school 2018

Zurich, Switzerland from 1st – 14th of July, 2018 Organisers: Johannes Ullrich, Veronika Brandstätter, Urte Scholz, and Klaus Jonas

Reports of Previous Meetings

Report on the EASP Meeting: Understanding psychological defense after failure

25th-28th of May 2017, Nape Gård, Fyresdal, Norway Organizers: Nicolay Gausel (University of Agder, Norway), Colin Wayne Leach (University of Connecticut) and June Price Tangney (George Mason University, USA)

Report on the EASP Meeting: Do it the hard way: Causes and consequences of hard treatment within and between groups

Castle Oppurg, Thuringia, June 26th to June 28th, 2017 Organizers: Stefanie Hechler & Thomas Kessler (Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena)

Report on the EASP Meeting: Understanding the Winds of Change: Psychological processes that change individuals in intergroup conflict

Organisers: Martijn van Zomeren & Eran Halperin Landgoed Ekenstein, Appingedam, the Netherlands, June 3-4, 2017

Report on the EASP Meeting: Gender Roles in the Future? Theoretical Foundations and Future Research Directions

Organizers Wendy Wood & Sabine Sczesny Seminaris Campus Hotel, Berlin, Germany, June 24-26, 2017

Report on the EASP Meeting: Ostracism, Social Exclusion, and Rejection

Organizers: Selma C. Rudert (University of Basel, CH), Rainer Greifeneder (University of Basel, CH), Kipling D. Williams (Purdue University, IND, USA) June 29-July 2, 2017, Vitznau, Switzerland

Reports on the Research Knowledge Transfer Scheme

RKTS report

Bilateral workshop: Connecting the social psychology labs at the University of Sarajevo and the University of Belgrade, March 17-19th 2017 Organizers: Dr Iris Žeželj (University of Belgrade, Serbia) & Dr Saša Drače (University of Sarajevo, BiH)

RKTS report

Asuman Buyukcan-Tetik, Sabanci University, Istanbul, Turkey

RKTS report

Training for collecting and analysing life-history calendars in order to develop a research project on political careers and emotional climates in times of crisis Xenia Chryssocchoou

News about Members

It is with an immense sadness that we inform you of the passing of Maria Benedicta Monteiro on the evening of November, 9th, 2017.

Obituary: Maria Benedicta Monteiro

by Luisa Lima and Jorge Vala

New Members of the Association

The following applications for membership were approved by the Executive Committee in October 2017. Names of members providing letters of support are in the third line of the entry:

Full Membership

Dr. David AMODIO
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
G. van Kleef, A. Fischer

Milano, Itay
L. Abdrighetto, C. Volpato

Warsaw, Poland
M. Parzuchowski, K. Cantarero

Milano, Italy
G. McGrty, A. Kende

Berlin, Germany
S. Cehajic, N. Shnabel

Dr. Franziska EHRKE
Landau, Germany
S. Bruckmüller, M. Steffens

Dr. Adam HAHN
Cologne, Germany
C. Unkelbach, W. Hofmann

Guildford, UK
S. Sczesny, O. Klein

Zurich, Switzerland
M. Friese, V. Brandstätter

Reduit, Mauritius
X. Chryssochoou, A. Minescu

Dr. Dennis NIGBUR
Canterbury, UK
H. Zagefka, R. Brown

Dr. Katerina PETTERSON
Helsinki, Finland
A.M. Pirtilla-Backman, K. Liebkind

Groningen, The Netherlands
K. Epstude, R. Mayo

Herzliya, Israel
T. Saguy, E. Halperin

Exeter, UK
T. Morton, M. Ryan

Dr. Susanna TIMEO
Trento, Italy
A. Maass, C. Suitner

Bath, UK
B. Muller, R. van der Wal

Saabrücken, Germany
M. Friese, J. Hansen

Dr. Antonella ZAPATA
Granada, Spain
J.L. Megias, M. Romero-Sanchez

Postgraduate Membership

Groningen, The Netherlands
E. Gordijn, T. Kuppens

Nolwenn ANIER
Clermont-Ferrand, France
S. Guimond, C. Badea

Bielefeld, Germany
G. Bohner, C. Diehl

Groningen, The Netherlands
M. van Zomeren, K. Epstude

Brighton, UK
V, Vignoles, P. Harris

Brussels, Beglium
M. Cadinu, A. Casini

Munich, Germany
D. Frey, B. Streicher

Lisbon, Portugal
T. Garcia-Marques, J. Vala

Nazif FUAT
Nicosia, Cyprus
C. Psaltis, H. Cakal

Groningen, The Netherlands
E. Gordijn, T. Kuppens

Bolu, Turkey
M. Rubini, E. Gordijn

Sascha KUHN
Heidelberg, Germany
K. Fiedler, F. Kutzner

Ana Filipa MADEIRA
Lisbon, Portugal
J. Vala, R. Costa-Lopes

Johann MAJER
Lueneburg, Germany
D. Loschelder, R. Troetschel

Southampron, UK
T. Wildschut, C. Sedikides

Johannes PRAGER
Heidelberg, Germany
K. Fiedler, F. Kutzner

Carla ROOS
Groningen, The Netherlands
T. Postmes, N. Koudenburg

Bielefeld, Germany
T. Glaser, G. Bohner

Sussex, UK
J. Drury, V. Vignoles

Trieste, Italy
A. Maass, A. Carnaghi

Michael WAGNER
Ulm, Germany
C. Sassnrath, S. Pfattheicher

New Publications by Members

New Publications by Members

The Psychology of Human Values, by Greg Maio (2017; European Monographs Series, Psychology Press)

A grant has been awarded to the following members

  • Celia Blanchet (travel grant)
  • Thorsten Erle (seedcorn grant)
  • Ruddy Faure (travel grant)
  • Gilad Feldman (seedcorn grant)
  • Matt Gobel (travel grant)
  • Sebastien Goudeau (travel grant)
  • David Maji (travel grant)
  • Lisanne Pauw (travel grant)
  • Francesca Prati (seedcorn grant)
  • Yara Mahfud (travel grant)
  • Marret Noordewier (seedcorn grant)
  • Sindhuja Sankaran (travel grant)
  • Anouk Smeekes (seedcorn grant)
  • Jenny Veldman (post summerschool seedcorn grant)
  • Julia Vogt (seedcorn grant)
  • Rebecca Weil (seedcorn grant)

Grant Reports

Seedcorn grant report

Janina Steinmetz, University of Chicago, & Ann-Christin Posten, University of Cologne Can physical cues influence the way people respond in surveys and experiments?

Travel Grant Report

Aharon Levy (Groningen, The Netherlands) EASP meeting in Appingedam, June 3-4, 2017 & EASP-SPSSI Meeting in Woudschoten, September 15-17, 2017

Seedcorn Grant Report

Iris Žeželj, Goran Knežević, in cooperation with Johannes Keller Prejudice against the Roma in Serbia: An analysis of basic personality traits and socio-political attitudes at the implicit level of prejudice

Travel Grant Report

Xia Fang, Amsterdam, The Netherlands Research visit at Stanford University with host Professor Jeanne Tsai

Seedcorn Grant Report

Magdalena Formanowicz In Search of the Social Side of Grammar

Travel Grant Report

Jérôme Blondé Host University: University of Sussex (Brighton, United Kingdom)

Travel Grant Report

Laura Dryjanska (Warsaw, Poland) APA Convention in Washington, D.C., August 3-6, 2017

Seedcorn Grant Report - Post-Summer School Workshop

Lara Ditrich, Leibniz Institut für Wissensmedien, Tübingen Anna Giesen, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster Janne Kaltiainen, University of Helsinki

Report on a Pre-registered Research Grant

Schadenfreude about asylum seekers: a cross-cultural comparison Mariette Berndsen, Adelaide, Australia

Seedcorn Grant Report

Sara Hagá (University of Lisbon, Portugal) Children as Perceived by Adults

Seedcorn grant report

Susanne M. Schmittat (Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria) & Pascal Burgmer (University of Cologne, Germany) Lay Beliefs in Moral Expertise: Antecedents and Consequences of Believing in Moral Expertise

Executive Committee

Jean-Claude Croizet (Meetings Officer), CeRCA (UMR CNRS 6234, MSHS Université de Poitiers, F-86000 Poitiers, France

Ernestine Gordijn (Journals Officer), Department of Social and Organizational Psychology, University of Groningen, Grote Kruisstraat 2/1, NL-9712 TS Groninen, The Netherlands

Kai Jonas (Treasurer), Work and Social Psychology, Maastricht University, Universiteitssingel 40, NL-6229 ER Maastricht, The Netherlands

Malgorzata Kossowska (European Liaison Officer), Institute of Psychology, Jagellonian University , Ingardena 6,PL-30-060 Krakow, Poland

Torun Lindholm (Secretary), Department of Psychology, Stockholm University, SE-106 91 Stockholm, Sweden

Monica Rubini (Grants Officer), Department of Psychology, University of Bologna, I-40126 Bologna, Itaky

Kai Sassenberg (President), Knowledge Media Research Center, Schleichstr. 6, D-72076 Tuebingen, Germany

Executive Officer:
Sibylle Classen, P.O. Box 420 143, D-48068 Muenster, Germany

Executive Officer
Sibylle Classen
P.O. Box 420 143
D-48068 Muenster

Torun Lindholm
Stockholm University, Sweden