CUSA made some waves at the 121st APA Annual Convention, which took place from July 31st to August 4th in Honolulu, Hawaii. The American Psychological Association event attracts upwards of 10,000 psychologists from throughout the US and world, hosting over 800 sessions on psychological research and practice.
TML Director Beth Karlin and Research Associate Kehau Ahu both presented work during the convention. Both researchers presented findings from TML’s ongoing research on film and social change; Ahu presented a poster entitled “Transmedia Storytelling and the Art of Engagement,” and Karlin gave a talk in a symposium on Communicating Climate Science called “From Climate Science to Climate Impacts: Exploring the Role of Film As Boundary Object” which also featured an address by Ed Maibach from George Mason University
Karlin also chaired an informative session entitled, “Technology to the Rescue? The Potential and Pitfalls of Feedback in Energy Conservation.” Although much work is being done in engineering and computer science to provide real-time data to consumers about energy use, the field of psychology has a great deal to contribute. The research presented by Karlin and colleagues Cindy Frantz (Oberlin College), Stephanie Vezich (UCLA) and Robert Brewer (University of Hawaii) discussed how psychological approaches such as social comparison and goal-setting can help leverage this potential.
More information on this session can be found here and at www.apa.org/convention.