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Anderson Lecture
Oct 26 @ 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Department of Radiology Research Seminar

Presented by:

Carolyn Anderson, PhD
Professor of Medicine, Radiology, Pharmacology & Chemical
Biology and Bioengineering
Director, Molecular Imaging Laboratory

Image-guided Combination Immunotherapy and Radionuclide Therapy of Melanoma

When: Wednesday, October 26, 2016
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Where: The Radiology Main Conference Room (PUH, E149)
Take the escalator in the main entrance in Presbyterian Hospital to the first floor (where the Starbucks is) and make a sharp left. Go past the pharmacy and PNC Bank. Turn left under sign for south elevator. Make second left and E149 will be on your right.


Reis Lecture @ 4127 Sennott Square
Oct 28 @ 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

University of Pittsburgh
Department of Psychology

Responsive Support of Aspirations Predicts Relationship Growth and Well-Being

Harry T. Reis
University of Rochester

Friday, October 28th
3:00 pm
Martin Room
4127 Sennott Square

Social support is traditionally studied in the context of stressful events, relationship problems, or coping with ordinary life problems. Valuable as this perspective has been, it overlooks another domain of activities in which support is also influential: positive events and aspirations. People commonly seek to share their achievements and good fortune with others, especially significant others. Moreover, these significant others often play a valuable role in encouraging or hindering strivings toward personal goals. Consequently, I argue that the existing literature provides a one-sided perspective on the nature and impact of support processes in relational life.

This talk will provide an overview of three linked lines of research. The first demonstrates that support for one’s accomplishments and good fortune is more than just affectively pleasant—it helps build responsiveness and mutual trust, and fosters “pro-partner relationships”—the recipient’s willingness to respond to a partner’s support with behaviors that benefit the supportive partner. Second, our research shows that this kind of responsive support in ordinary, everyday interaction benefits both donors and recipients in a relationship. In the final line of research, I will describe experimental research showing that perceived partner responsiveness lessens people’s tendency to engage in ego-enhancing (defensive) self-perceptions. Together, this work contributes to a view of support processes from the bright side of life.

Reception to follow in 4125 Sennott Square

Brain Bag: Patrick Beukema @ MI Social Room
Oct 31 @ 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

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