Verónica Benet-Martínez (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain)
Verónica Benet-Martínez is an ICREA Professor in the Department of Social and Political Sciences at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF), Barcelona, Spain. Before joining UPF, she held faculty positions in the psychology departments of the University of California (Riverside) and the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor). She was a funded Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California (Berkeley). She obtained a PhD in Social-Personality Psychology from the University of California (Davis). She is an internationally renowned leader in the study of culture and social-personality processes, particularly those pertaining to the role of individual differences in acculturation and intercultural/multicultural experiences. Her work has been funded by grants from the U.S., Spain, and the European Commission, and recognized by awards from SPSP (2019 Ed and Carol Diener Award for Outstanding Mid-Career Contributions in Personality Psychology) and APA’s divisions 9 and 52 (Ursula Gielen Global Psychology award) and SPSSI (Otto Klineberg Intercultural and International Relations Award).
Multi-Cultural Minds, Multi-Cultural Selves: Social, Personality, and Cultural Processes
Thomas Talhelm (University of Chicago, USA)
Thomas Talhelm is an Associate Professor of Behavioral Science at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Thomas has lived in China for six years as a Princeton in Asia fellow, as a freelance journalist, and a Fulbright scholar. He researches how rice farming made southern China more interdependent than the more freewheeling, wheat-growing north including what that means for whether people move chairs in Starbucks. He speaks Chinese, and enough Hindi to ask questions but not understand the answers. While in China, Thomas founded Smart Air, a social enterprise that makes low-cost DIY air purifiers to help people protect themselves from air pollution.
Collectivism isn't what people think it is: A study in 93 cultures
Harry Garretsen (University of Groningen, The Netherlands)
Harry Garretsen obtained his PhD in economics (1991) from the University of Groningen. After spells as a professor of economics at Radboud University Nijmegen and Utrecht University, he became professor of International Economics & Business in Groningen in 2008. In 2015, together with Janka Stoker, he founded the leadership expertise-center In the LEAD at the University of Groningen. In his work on geographical psychology, he combines his long-standing research on geographical economics with his more recent interest in leadership and psychology. This research is of a strongly cross-disciplinary nature and it asks whether and how geographical differences in economic conditions are driven by spatial variation in psychological factors and leadership.
Economic Geography Meets Psychology: Motivation, Results, Design & Agenda
Johannes Eichstaedt (Stanford University, USA)
Johannes C. Eichstaedt is an Assistant Professor in Psychology at Stanford, as well as a Shriram Fellow at the Institute for Human-Centered A.I. Prof. Eichstaedt is a computational social scientist who studies the psychological and physical health of populations using social media, text mining and machine learning. For example, his work has shown that geographic variation in heart disease and subjective well-being in the U.S. can be predicted using Twitter, and that data shared on Facebook can serve as a leading indicator for future onset of depression. In 2011 he co-founded the World Well-Being Project; this research consortium has since attracted $5m in funding and published 100+ peer-reviewed articles. Johannes received his PhD from the University of Pennsylvania.