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BRP Key Initiatives: CASPHR

The Cognitive, Affective, and Social Processes in Health Research (CASPHR) Workgroup

NCI-Sponsored Symposia At the Annual Conference of the Association for Psychological Science
Friday, May 28, 2010

Symposium I
Symposium title: How psychological science can make a difference: The case of FDA tobacco product regulation, health warnings, and beyond.

Abstract: Knowledge about basic psychological mechanisms can be brought to bear on global health issues. This symposium focuses on using both traditional and cutting-edge psychological perspectives to inform warnings about risky behavior, with a particular focus on tobacco use, which is estimated to contribute to 5.4 million people dying each year.

Presenters and titles:

  • Paul Slovic - Do cigarette smokers know the risks?
  • Linda Cameron* - Getting graphic: How psychological science can inform the use of imagery in warning labels
  • Jamie Arndt* - Death can be hazardous to your health: On the psychological consequences of warning labels that elicit thoughts of mortality
  • Geoffrey T. Fong - Evaluating the impact of warning labels across countries: Findings from the International Tobacco Control Policy Evaluation Project

Discussants: William Klein* and Cathy Backinger, National Cancer Institute

Symposium II
Symposium title: Viewing longstanding issues through novel lenses: Engaging cognitive skills in risky behavior and health.

Abstract: This symposium will present a revolutionary vision of psychological science in which longstanding challenges in risky health behavior change are confronted with theoretically based research. The work presented will focus on enhancing cognitive skills that foster better self-control of the often emotionally infused processes derailing productive health behavior.

Presenters and titles:

  • Paschal Sheeran* - When one's head and one's heart collide: Using if-then plans to influence the weight attached to thoughts versus feelings in guiding health behaviors
  • Michael Sayette and George Loewenstein - Empathy Gaps and Addiction: How Difficulties Predicting Future States of Mind Can Threaten Smoking Cessation
  • Ayelet Fishbach - Identifying and Battling Temptation
  • Ellen Peters* - Education ‘teaches one to think’ and improves health: A field study in Ghana

Discussant: Alexander J. Rothman*

*CASPHR member

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