APF and the Spielberger EMPathy Symposium advance integrative psychological science
The 2013 Spielberger EMPathy Symposium, held at the 2013 APA convention in Honolulu, brought together Akira Miyake, PhD, of the University of Colorado at Boulder, M. Brent Donnellan, PhD, of Michigan State University, and Kenneth J. Sher, PhD, of University of Missouri, to explore the intersection of emotion, motivation and personality as fundamental determinants of human behavior. The annual EMPathy Symposium stimulates and facilitates the integration and dissemination of knowledge in these important areas of psychological inquiry. APA Divs. 3 (Experimental), 8 (Society for Personality and Social Psychology) and 12 (Society of Clinical Psychology) each nominate a speaker.
Akira Miyake, PhD, representing Div. 3, focused on the nature and organization of executive functions and working memory and their roles in complex cognition, social functioning and psychopathology.
M. Brent Donnellan, PhD, of Div. 8, discussed the intersections of personality psychology, developmental psychology and psychological assessment.
Div. 12’s representative, Kenneth J. Sher, PhD, explored the etiological processes in the development of alcohol dependence.
The symposium is the legacy of the late Charles Spielberger, PhD, a clinical/community psychologist well known for his development of the State/Trait Anxiety Inventory (STAI). He developed measures for assessing emotions, personality and occupational stress that are widely used around the world. In addition to his many scholarly accomplishments, Charles and his wife Carol Spielberger were major philanthropists in psychology, having donated more than $200,000 to the American Psychological Foundation.