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Program of Social and Community Psychology Conference 2021

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Thursday 25 November

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@UiODomus Juridica: Undervisningsrom 5103Domus Juridica: Undervisningsrom 5104
8:45Welcome & Opening: Coffee, Tea & ZoomWelcome & Opening: Coffee, Tea & Zoom
Thematic session Youth and health
Moderator: Beate Seibt
Thematic session Emotion and Cognition
Moderator: Diana Lizarazo
09:00Hildegunn Marie Tønnessen Seip (AHS)
Kerlefsen, Reidun (ABUP)
Poulsen, Gro Anita (Blue Cross Kristiansand)
Mons Bendixen (NTNU)
Kennair, Leif Edward Ottesen
Between the lines: Mental health chat services as supplements to traditional health care for young people
A number of chat services have developed alongside traditional mental health services to be of service to young people who are struggling. This paper explores the potential of such chat services and how they can supplement traditional services. The thematic analysis presents data from anonymous chat material and focus groups.
Factors that influence people’s beliefs about men and women’s jealousy responses
This study examines to what extent do people’s hold stereotypical beliefs about men and women’s reaction to infidelity, and how related these beliefs are to one’s own jealousy response and to various social and cultural influences.
09:25Marina Hirnstein (UiB)
Mari Dale Sellevold (UiB)
Emilie Andreassen (UiB)
Åshild Røen (UiB)
Gabrijela Vrdoljak (University of Osijek)
Ana Kurtović (University of Osijek)
Lewend Mayiwar (BI)
Løhre, Erik
Towards a better understanding of youth well- being and depression by using the two-factor model of mental health
Mental health needs to be considered as consisting of both the presence of positive resources, and absence of mental illness. This study tested the dual factor model of mental health, determined by the levels of well-being, and depression. The study confirmed this model in youths and revealed its relevant predictors.
Fearful speakers use negative frames to describe outcomes
How do emotions influence speakers’ frame selection? Our preregistered experiment (N = 700; Prolific) revealed that dispositionally worried people preferred negative frames (e.g., 40% chance failure vs 60% chance success) to describe the predicted outcome of a decision. The opposite was found for dispositionally angry people, supporting an appraisal-tendency perspective.
09:50Break 10 minBreak 10 min
Thematic session Social media
Moderator: Thomas Schubert
10:00Magnus Jørgensen (UiB)
Smith, Otto R.F. (NIPH)
Wold, Bente (UiB)
Haug, Ellen (UiB)
Vanessa Ayres-Pereira (UiB)
Tjøstheim, Ingvar (NR)
Böhm, Gisela (UiB, INN University)
The associations between early life transitions and depressed mood over time: A 27-year longitudinal study of a Norwegian cohort from age 13 to 40
We explored whether early life transitions affect the developmental trajectory of depressed mood and if socioeconomic status (SES) moderated the potential associations. Moving out from the parental home and beginning cohabitation were associated with depressed mood – leaving school and becoming employed were not. No moderation of SES was found.
Effects of a serious game to raise awareness about Dark Patterns among teenagers: Preliminary results
This study assessed the effects of a serious board game developed for teenagers to learn about dark patterns. Twenty-three students participated. Questionnaires evaluated the degree of knowledge about dark patterns, privacy-protective actions, and concerns about dark patterns before and after playing the game. The game increased knowledge about dark patterns.
10:25Karhina Kateryna (UiB)
Bøe Tormod
Hysing Mari
Askeland Gartner Kristine
Nilsen Sondre
Ragnhild Eg (Kristiania University College)
Bell, Ashley Rebecca
Kolberg Tennfjord, Merete
Tokovska, Miroslava
The association between parental separation and the upper secondary school completion among youth
The link between parental separation and school dropout is under- researched. This study investigated the association between parental separation and school dropout among youth, and analyzed inequalities related to family structure that affect school dropout. The results demonstrated a positive association between parental separation and upper secondary school dropout.
Adolescent experiences with personalised social media content
Norwegian adolescents spend hours online every day. The time they spend on social media contribute to additional exposure to social influence and comparison, particularly due to targeted, personalised content. This work-in-progress presents a qualitative study with group interviews of 48 adolescents, on their knowledge, experiences and mixed emotions around personalisation.
10:50Break 10 minBreak 10 min
11:00Panel Discussion on Promoting Social Change to Mitigate Climate Change
– Introductory presentations by Gulnaz Anjum (Vancouver/UiO), Thea Gregersen (UiB), and Beate Seibt (UiO)
– Discussion with the presenters of the Covid-19 symposia: What can we learn from how our societies deal with the pandemic challenge about the other huge challenge that we all face – climate change? Can we abstract and generalize knowledge from the pandemic that will help us in research and intervention in climate change?
Moderator: Joakim Haugane
12:00Lunch Break 1 h
13:00Covid19 Symposium Part 1:
Rough Not Only Because of the Cough – The COVID-19 Pandemic and Its Challenges for Gender Equality, Working Conditions, and Science Communication
Convenor and Moderator: Sarah Martiny
Functions of Kama Muta – New research on being moved
Recent work on kama muta, a conceptualisation of being moved experiences, investigates the coherence of the emotion within a person, and how the emotion fosters collective resilience and connects people to social movements, common ingroup identities, and nature. 
Convenor and Moderator: Thomas Schubert
13:00(Anine Riege et al.’s presentation was cancelled)

Dana Unger (UiT)
Venz, Laura (Leuphana University)
Gerpott, Fabiola H. (WHU)
Rivkin, Wladislaw (TCD)
Anders Kuvaas Herting (UiO)
Schubert, Thomas Wolfgang
Leaving it all behind – The creation of boundaries between work and nonwork during the COVID-19 pandemic and its consequence for recovery
The COVID-19 pandemic urged employees to (re)create work-nonwork boundaries. In a daily diary study during the pandemic, we investigate boundary creation behaviors as predictors of work-to-home intrusions, detachment, and well-being. A multilevel path analysis supported the importance of daily boundary creation behaviors for occupational health.
Appraisals, Valence, and Sensations Co-occurring with Feeling Moved: Evidence on Kama Muta Theory from Intra-individual Cross-Correlations
By measuring being moved, valence, appraisals, and sensations continuously while participants watched videos and measuring intraindividual cross-correlations between the resulting time series, we found evidence that support and some evidence that challenge the kama muta theory of being moved.
13:20Marie Kvalø (UiT)
Olsen, Marte
Thorsteinsen, Kjærsti
Martiny, Sarah E.
Diana Lizarazo (UiO)
Thomas Schubert (UiO)
Jenny Roth (UL)
Mapping the well-being of Norwegian mothers during the Covid-19 pandemic – A longitudinal approach
Using data from a longitudinal study, we will investigate how the pandemic affected Norwegian mothers’ well-being and how well-being relates to stress and worries.
Moved by Racial Justice: Kama Muta and Collective Action toward Racial Equality
We investigated the relationship of kama muta to collective action intentions in the context of the Black Lives Matter Movement and collected data from both advantaged and disadvantaged racial groups. Collective efficacy appraisals were found to predict kama muta experiences, and these, in turn, predicted motivation to engage in actions that promote racial equity as the shared goal of the movement.
13:40Julia Schnepf (University of Koblenz-Landau)
Lux, Alexandra Lux
Jin, Zixi
Formanowicz, Magdalena
Johanna Blomster Lyshol (ONH)
Seibt, Beate (UiO, ISCTE-IUL)
Oliver, Mary Beth (Penn State University)
Thomsen, Lotte (UiO, Aarhus University)
Linguistic complexity as a stumbling block: Testing the effects of complex health information on people’s trust in science andprevention intentions during the COVID-19 pandemic
In a series of studies, we have examined the effect of text complexity on message trust and preventive intentions in the COVID-19 pandemic. We found that simpler compared to complex information on prevention behavior is more convincing and that people, especially conspiracy theorists, feel more strongly addressed by it. Overall, the results indicate that plain language is an important tool for making science communication more socially inclusive.
Moving Political Opponents Closer: How Kama Muta Can Contribute to Reducing the Partisan Divide in the US
This paper introduces an emotional route to reducing affective polarization in the US. Watching depictions of compatriots suddenly getting closer evokes kama muta, strengthening Americans’ own communal relationship with America. Out-partisans will thus be categorized as belonging to one US American group independent of party affiliation, improving attitudes toward out-partisans.
14:00Break 15 minBreak 15 min
14:15Symposium continuesSymposium continues
14:15Sarah Martiny (UiT)
Marie J. M. Heijens (University of Cologne)
Kjærsti Thorsteinsen (UiT)
Rami Rmeileh (UiO)
Gender Differences in the Well-Being of Parents during the COVID-19 Pandemic – A Comparison of Four European Countries
A study investigated gender differences in parental well-being during the pandemic across four countries. It showed a main effect of gender and country. Stress partly mediated the relationship between gender and well-being. Social support buffered individuals from the negative impact of stress on well-being.
“Sumud is to Always be One Hand”: Culturally Informed Resilience Among Palestinian Refugee Men in Lebanon
This study gives qualitative evidence to an indigenous construct that helps communities cope with hardship, and it is incorporated into their collective identity and enacted and sustained through a system of social and cultural practices. The findings presented tap on the relation between collective resilience and collective trauma. In addition, it offers convergent evidence that is complementary to recent research investigating the role of collective emotions in conflict settings.
14:35Joint Q&A 20minEvi Petersen (USN)
Schubert, Thomas (UiO)
How kama muta connects people to nature
We investigate how kama muta plays a role in relationships that humans can have to natural environments. The empirical data comes from a cross-national sample (N = 153), attending outdoor field trips. The findings suggest that kama muta fosters social connections between participants as well as connections to nature elements.
14:55Joint Q&A 20min

Friday 26 November

Track 1Track 2
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@UiOKantina i 12. etasje i Niels Treschows hus (HF-12)Kantina i 12. etasje i Niels Treschows hus (HF-12)
09:00 Thematic session Youth and Community
Moderator: Diana Lizarazo
Thematic session Social Cognition & Self-Regulation
Moderator: Thomas Schubert
09:00 Maria Olsson (HHS)
Sanne Van Grootel (University of Leuven)
Loes Meeussen (University of Leuven, Fonds Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek)
Colette van Laar (University of Leuven)
Carolin Schuster (Leuphana University)
Katharina Block (NYU)
Toni Schmader (UBC)
Alyssa Croft (University of Arizona)
Sarah E. Martiny (UiT)
Liva J. Martinussen (UiO)
Riege, Anine
Reber, Rolf
Mind the Gender Gap: Parental Leave Policies, Gender Equality, and Cultural Value Orientation on Parental Leave Intentions in 37 Countries
Men’s engagement with communal roles is essential in order to achieve gender equality. Data from 37 countries across 7 continents indicate that the gender gap in intentions to take parental leave is paradoxically larger in countries that offer more generous parental leave.
Writing your own story about a statistical graph is more interesting than reading one
In an online experiment (N=506) we examined the effect of writing a story interesting for others, interesting for participants themselves, on three facets of situational interest, compared to reading a story. Analyses revealed that writing a story interesting to self and others, triggered situational interest more than reading a story.
09:25Marte Olsen (UiT)
Parks-Stamm, Elizabeth (USM)
Kvalø, Marie (UiT)
Thorsteinsen, Kjærsti (UiT)
Steffens, Melanie (University of Koblenz and Landau)
Martiny, Sarah E (UiT)
Torsten Martiny-Huenger (UiT)
Salary, Stereotypes of Personal Values? What Determines Children’s Communal Occupational Aspirations?
We investigated factors associated with communal occupational aspirations in two studies: Study 1 with kindergarten children, and Study 2 with elementary school children. The results identified factors that influence communal occupational aspirations in childhood, and a mediating effect of communal values on the relationship between gender and communal occupational aspirations.
Using verbal stimulus-affect plans to lower positive evaluative responses to unhealthy snacks
Two studies are presented indicating that formulating if-then plans linking a negative affective concept (e.g., disgusting) to an unhealthy snack (e.g., chocolate brownie) lowers positive evaluative response (implicit association test) towards the targeted snack – even with a 1-day delay between the intervention and the evaluation assessment.
09:50Ingar Mikkola Kristiansen (UiT)
Martiny-Huenger, Torsten
From Thought to Action: Spontaneous Planning and Self-Regulation Success
Habitually including situational cues in thoughts about intended actions might help with fulfilling intentions and account for some individual differences in self-regulation. Across two studies we found a positive relationship between habitually including situational cues in thoughts about intended actions and self-regulation success.
10:15Break 15 minBreak 15 min
10:30Keynote: Lotte Thomsen
The Core of Political Psychology
Politics can be defined as the negotiation of common rules for the distribution of resources, rights and care. SDO—orientations towards group-based dominance and equality— has proven to fundamentally structure political ideology and action. Like dominance and group affiliation, direct reciprocity underlie economic and voting behavior (e.g., in clientism) and may have evolutionary precursors among other species. This begs the question if core cognition and motives for reciprocity, too, manifest in earliest development and form part of the structural core of political psychology. In support of this possibility, and in contrast to previous suggestions that direct positive reciprocity does not emerge until early/middle childhood, I will present first evidence that preverbal infants expect direct reciprocity to govern resource distributions; that 3-year-olds use gratitude as cue for predicting future reciprocal altruism; and that even preverbal infants use ‘proto-gratitude’ to predict future direct reciprocity. Doing political psychology with infants may be a fruitful avenue for identifying its intuitive and natural core.
Moderator: Joakim Haugane
11:15Q&A 15min
11:30Lunch breakLunch break
12:30Covid19 Symposium part 2:
Resisting the measures
Throughout the pandemic, measures have been strict. There has also been pushback and in this symposium, we explore such resistance to the measures. Our symposium draws together three talks related to this, covering the cabin ban in Norway, conspiracy beliefs related to prevention measures, and anti-corona protests in Germany.
Convenor and Moderator: Kinga Bierwiaczonek
The Science of Wellbeing – Conceptualizations and Applications of Positivity
Life values and their role in human wellbeing are examined. The presentations argue that a science of wellbeing should be developed in a normative, functional and multidimensional framework. A hedonic dimension reflects the stable, familiar and easy ingredients in life. A eudaimonic dimension represents change, challenges and moral elements.
Convenor and Moderator: Joar Vittersø
12:30Sandbakken, Ella Marie (ONH)
Moss, Sigrun Marie (UiO)
Joar Vittersø (UiT)
Thorsteinsen, Kjærsti (UiT)
Primdahl, Marie Seberg (UiT)
Gross, Patricia (University of Osnabrueck)
The Norwegian cabin ban: The dictator’s dilemma in Covid-19 communication
Early in the pandemic, the Norwegian government made it a punishable offence to spend the night at your own cabin. Using the backlash threshold from the Dictator’s dilemma (Francisco, 2005), we explore how participants construct the push-back to this cabin ban when interviewed at different time points in the pandemic.
Dimensions of Wellbeing: The Crucial Distinction Between Hedonia and Eudaimonia
To survive, everything alive must maintain stability as well as ensuring necessary changes. The paper proposes that these universal mechanisms also constitute the fundamental elements of wellbeing. Hedonic wellbeing reflects success in managing stability, whereas eudaimonic wellbeing indicates the process of improving and develop as a human being.
12:50Kinga Bierwiaczonek (UiO)
Jonas R. Kunst
Aleksander B. Gundersen
Olivia Pich
Kjærsti Thorsteinsen (UiT)
Vittersø, Joar
COVID-19 conspiracy beliefs predict reluctance toward prevention measures
While COVID-19 conspiracy theories are proliferating, their impact on adherence to prevention measures remains unclear. We examined this impact in two studies: a longitudinal study with five waves and a meta-analysis. In both studies, conspiracy beliefs were associated with reluctance toward prevention measures, both cross-sectionally and over time.
The Value Bias in Subjective Wellbeing: Pleasure and Life Satisfaction are Important in SWB Research, But are they Prioritized and Stable Life Values in People’s Lives?
Pleasure and life satisfaction are presumably important values in people’s lives. But this presentation shows that individuals typically rank other values as more important. It further demonstrates how reflection on a broader set of values causes people to change their life value priorities.
13:10Ann-Cathrin Coenen (UiO)
Kunst, Jonas (UiO)
Obaidi, Milan (UiO, C-REX)
Patricia Gross (University of Osnabrueck)
Vittersø, Joar (UiT)
Corona protests and counter protests: Disentangling the German polarization- unification paradox
Following the corona measures, Germany has witnessed a diverse protest of people, including some who would have counter-protested each other not long ago due to opposing political views. Preliminary findings on how people make sense of the movements’ diversity will be discussed based on interviews and observations during summer 2021.
Evaluative and Reflective Elements of Wellbeing: How Contemplating Wisdom and Feelings May Change our Preferred Values in Life
An experimental survey showed that German speaking participants who started out by reflecting on the importance of wisdom, preferred less pleasure relative to other values in their lives, as compared with a control group that indicated their value preferences without prior wisdom reflection.
13:30Joint Q&A 15minBreak 15 min
13:45Symposium continues
13:45Marie Seberg Primdahl (UiT)
Vittersø, Joar
Thorsteinsen, Kjærsti
Positivity Makes You Lazy, at Least if You are Happy: A Survey Experiment on How Encouragement to Think Positively Influences Problem- Solving
We conducted an online experiment where participants were either encouraged to think positively or not override their thoughts and feelings. In the positive group performance on a complex problem-solving task were impeded, and here we also found an interaction effect for positivity and hedonic wellbeing in the excepted direction.
14:05Joint Q&A 20min
14:45- 15:30Business meeting and Closing session
Please come with ideas, proposals, questions, and feedback on the conference and our collaboration in general. Master and PhD students are explicitely invited as well.
Some of the points we will address:
– Who organises the next meeting?
– How do we continue with the zoom colloquium series?
– Any changes to the email list?
– Do we want to found a organisation – either for Norway or for Scandinavia?
– Do we want to create and maintain a website?
– How to increase participation in the meeting?