Recently, Psychology major, Ka Ho Tam, received the travel award to present his work at the 2017 Society for Personality and Social Psychology Convention in San Antonio, Texas. Read below about his valuable travel experience!
“With the support of this Undergraduate Student Travel Award, I was able to present my research at the 2017 Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP) Convention in San Antonio this past January. During my junior year, I completed an Honors Research Project under the supervision of Professor David DeSteno and one of his PhD students, Daniel Lim, to explore the effects of self-other similarity on our insensitivity to mass suffering. Past studies show that our compassion ironically decreases as the number of suffering individuals rises—a phenomenon known as the “collapse of compassion”. I conducted an experiment to find out whether this collapse is influenced by our perceived similarity with suffering individuals. Apart from presenting my study at a poster session at the SPSP Convention, I also had the opportunity to attend a variety of seminars, workshops, and networking events. This travel experience was valuable to me because it enhanced my knowledge of current topics in social psychology, helped clarify my career direction, and sharpened my skills as a student who is passionate about psychology research.”