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Summerschool on Implicit Measures of Personality, July 30 - August 3, 2007

published 2006-12-11

Summer School

Supported by
European Association for Personality Psychology (EAPP)
International Society for the Study of Individual Differences (ISSID)
European Association of Psychological Assessment (EAPA)

July 30 - August 3 2007
Bertinoro, Italy

Organizers: Dr. Rainer Banse and Dr. Marco Perugini
The summer school will provide an overview of indirect measures of individual differences, covering the theoretical background of implicit constructs, a range of assessment methods, and their use in basic research and more applied areas.

Dr. Rainer Banse
University of York, UK

Dr. Bertram Gawronski
Department of Psychology,
The University of Western Ontario, Canada

Dr Jan De Houwer
Department of Psychology
Ghent University, Belgium

Dr Marco Perugini
Faculty of Psychology
University of Milan “Bicocca”

Dr. Reinout W. Wiers
Department of Experimental Psychology
University of Maastricht, Netherlands

In the last decade, implicit social cognition research has caused a renaissance of interest in personality processes that operate outside of awareness or deliberate behaviour. However, unlike their psychodynamic predecessors, contemporary approaches no longer focus on latent or unconscious, but rather on automatic processes; the many recently developed indirect measures tend to be based on response times rather than on the interpretation of narratives. Response time tasks have been developed to assess individual differences in attitudes, stereotypes, self-esteem, and many aspects of the self-concept of personality including the Big Five, Shyness, Anxiety, and Aggressiveness. Methods like the Implicit Association Test have sparked a lot of interest, but also vivid controversy about their meaning and legitimate use. The summer school aims to familiarize participants with state-of-the-art knowledge about a range of implicit measures, their theoretical underpinnings, their potential usefulness as well as their problems and limitations. The training provided aims to give participants guidance in choosing suitable implicit measures, in implementing them, to effectively analyze data, and to interpret the results adequately.
The summer school takes place in the stunningly beautiful Episcopal fortress Bertinoro near Rimini and Ravenna in Northern Italy. The historical location now hosts a university center with accommodation and modern teaching facilities (http://www.centrocongressibertinoro.it/index_en.cfm). The summer school faculty has been selected for their expertise covering a wide range of topics in the domain of implicit social cognition. They will make specific contributions focussing on:
a) the theoretical background of indirect measures/implicit constructs and structure and process analysis the theory of implicit measures (De Houwer);
b) implicit social cognition, malleability and context dependency of implicit constructs, and process dissociation strategies (multinomial modelling) (Gawronski);
c) psychometric issues of indirect measures: reliability, validity, and behavior prediction (Perugini)
d) indirect measures in relationship psychology, personality, and forensic psychology (Banse):
e) the use of indirect measures in clinical psychology (addiction, risk assessment, behaviour modification) and their use in clinical psychology (Wiers).
The teaching will be organized in plenary lectures and group sessions, and participants will also have the opportunity to individually discuss their research projects with expert members of faculty.
The summer school aims at doctoral students, but exceptionally also applications of more senior researchers interested in learning more about this relatively new area will be considered. Thanks to the financial support of the European Association of Personality Psychology (EAPP), the International Society for the Study of Individual Differences (ISSID), and the European Association of Psychological Assessment (EAPA) there is no registration fee. Participants, however, have to cover their travel, accommodation and meal expenses. A range of single and double rooms from 47 to 66 Euros per night per person, including breakfast and lunch, are available at the conference center. More details about the specific costs and the booking procedure will be provided in due time. Finally, a limited number of scholarships will be available for young researchers.
Applications for the summer school should contain a CV in English and should be sent electronically to r.banse@psychology.york.ac.uk or marco.perugini@unimib.it

The level of knowledge of indirect/implicit measures should be clearly specified in the application. In particular, applicants should clarify whether they have already used such measures and to what extent they have expertise in this area.

Applications should be sent before 1st March 2007. If the number of applications exceeds the number of about 25 participants the summer school can accommodate, applications that are received earlier will have higher chances of being accepted than applications received later.

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