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Thrive Students Presentation Opportunity - Spring Quarter, 2014

2014-03-20 14:50:04 gfoley

Thrive Students,

There are two chances left for you to present your research at a Thrive Reflectorium.

The Reflectorium is an informal meeting that functions as an awesome place for students and staff to get feedback on the research they are working on. Whether it be preparing for a dissertation proposal or practicing for an upcoming conference, the Reflectorium is a great place to work out the last kinks in the presentation and get incredible feedback from faculty and staff as well as other like-minded students.

Presentations can be 20 to 40 minutes and allow for time at the end for feedback and discussion.

The Spring Reflectorium dates are April 7th and June 2nd at 11am. Please let me know if you would be interested in presenting at either of these dates as soon as possible.

Thanks so much!
Kelsy Richardson

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Fuller School of Psychology 50th Anniversary Events

2014-01-23 17:34:11 gfoley


In 2014, Fuller Theological Seminary’s School of Psychology will celebrate its 50th Anniversary. Events will take place from Wednesday, February 19th, 2014 through Saturday, February 22nd, 2014 at the Fuller Campus. Throughout the celebration will be opportunities for breakout sessions on a variety of topics, a poster session hosted by the Travis Research Institute, and Dr. Richard Beck of Abilene Christian University will present as the event’s plenary speaker.

For more information and to register for this event, visit the Fuller Website by Clicking Here.

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Reflectorium Recap - December 9th

2014-01-23 17:19:18 gfoley


December ninth marked the last THRIVE Reflectorium of the Fall quarter. Dr. Ryan Hornbeck, one of the THRIVE Center’s Post-Doctoral Research Fellows, presented his research that is part of the Templeton World Charity Foundation grant titled, “Is Religion Natural? The Chinese Challenge.”  Dr. Hornbeck’s presentation was based on a portion of this grant and focused on the ways in which “Moral Cognition Predicts Time Spent in Chinese ‘World of Warcraft.’”  Dr. Hornbeck takes the position of cognitive anthropologist as he asks questions such as why might this game (World of Warcraft) have moral significance and is this moral significance symptomatic of causal effects, connecting players to the game? Using Haidt’s moral foundations theory, Dr. Hornbeck hypothesized that game stimuli would activate care foundations; healers would score higher on cares measures and tanks would score higher on authority measures. He also hypothesized that the frequency of moral foundation activation will positively predict the amount of time spent in the game—people with high morals who receive a high moral experience through the game will want to play more.

If you are interested in participating in the THRIVE Reflectoria, the rest of the year’s dates are below. If you would like to present your research, please contact Kelsy Richardson at kelsyrichardson@fuller.edu.

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APA Division 36 Conference - Call for Papers

2013-12-05 16:44:35 gfoley


The Society for the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality (APA Division 36) mid-year conference will be held April 25th – 26th, 2014 at Biola University in La Mirada, California. Papers are being accepted for the conference with a submission deadline of January 10th, 2014. If you are interested in submitting research for this conference, please read the information at the bottom of this page, or CLICK HERE TO VIEW A PDF OF THE CALL FOR PAPERS.

If you are interested in attending the Division 36 conference, please visit the websites for Biola University and APA Division 36 below.

-Biola University – Conference Information Page

-APA – Conference Information Page

All presenters and participants attending the conference must register. Please submit your registration payment and form(s) with your proposal. If your proposal is not selected and/or you choose not to attend the conference, a refund will be given per the regular registration refund policy.


Electronic submission is preferred. Email proposals to Teri Wilkins at tawilkins@loyola.edu. If email is not possible,
please mail submission to Teri Wilkins, Loyola University Maryland, 8890 McGaw Road, Suite 380, Columbia, MD, 21045.


First Page

1. Type the title in CAPITAL LETTERS on the first line. Skip a line.
2. Type the author(s) and primary affiliation(s). (Affiliations placed in parentheses). Skip a line. 3. Type the following information for the PRIMARY author:

A) Mailing address, phone number, fax number, and email address
B) Submission type: paper, poster, or symposium
C) For paper submissions: please indicate if the presenting author is willing to chair paper session


PAPER submissions: Presenters will be assigned to a paper session with other presenters with related topics. Please submit a 1,000-word abstract that includes: the research question, methodology, results and interpretation, and figures or tables. Presenters will have approximately 15 minutes to present.


Time allotted varies from 50, 90, or 110 minutes. Please indicate preferred time duration. A minimum of two presenters is required. Submit a 300-word overall abstract in addition to a 300-word abstract for each presentation with name of presenter(s).

POSTER submissions:

Presenters will be assigned to a poster session. Poster boards are approximately six feet long and four feet wide. Present- ers are expected to stay with their poster for the entire length of the session. Submissions should be at least 300 words.

Clearly defined objectives must be included with all submissions (except posters).

Please direct all inquiries to: Teri Wilkins, Loyola University Maryland
8890 McGaw Road, Suite 380, Columbia, MD, 21045, (410) 617-7628 tawilkins@loyola.edu

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Reflectorium Recap - November 18th, 2013

2013-11-26 17:46:48 gfoley


November 18th, the Thrive Center hosted the second of its three quarterly Thrive Reflectoriums. For those who may not be aware, these monthly Reflectoriums are a space where the scholars of the Thrive Center for Human Development come together to share research and ideas with each other, with the mindset that the more minds weighing in on a research question, the better. This month, Dr. Samuleson, a Thrive Center Post-Doctoral research fellow, and Kelsy Richardson, a Thrive Center fellow, both presented research in their individual fields. Here’s a recap of what you might have missed.

Dr. Samuelson presented some of the research from his project titled, “The Science of Intellectual Humility.” More specifically, Dr. Samuleson’s presentation was focused on the implicit theories of intellectual humility. The research was focused on the attribution of words or phrases towards the categories of an intellectually humble, wise, or intellectually arrogant person. Dr. Samuelson’s work demonstrated the main categories of descriptors that each of these types of people receive and the possible implications for the ways in which we perceive intellectual or wise people.

Kelsy Richardson presented her research titled, “Prayer Practices and Gratitude: Comparing Daily Prayers of Thanksgiving to Gratitude Journaling and Social Gratitude.” Kelsy’s research demonstrated how participants who prayed their gratitude developed higher levels of virtue and positive life experiences than other participants who either kept a gratitude journal or shared their gratitude with a friend. Kelsy also discussed the future directions of her study, including a follow-up study utilizing hassles and prayers of supplication.

Don’t miss our next Thrive Reflectorium, Monday December 9th at 11am in the School of Psychology building room 311. Dr. Ryan Hornbeck will be presenting some of his research from a Templeton World Charity Foundation grant titled, “Is Religion Natural? The Chinese Challenge.”

-Kelsy Richardson, Thrive Center Fellow (2013-2014)

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