Faculty and Students Present Research at Association for Psychological Science (APS) Conference

Faculty and Students Present Research at Association for Psychological Science (APS) Conference

HPU faculty and students presented their research at the APS Conference, which was held in San Francisco from May 24 to 27. 

Katherine Aumer, Ph.D., and Michael Erickson, Ph.D., from the Department of Psychology and Timothy Fallis, Ph.D., from the Department of Communication shared their research findings of “Hawai‘i False Missile Alert: Perception of the Media, Self, and Others.” They used a media study and survey data to compare the media’s account of panic/calm responses to the Jan 13, 2018, missile alert versus the reactions of people in Hawai‘i. 

“Taking Identity to the Extreme: How Our Political and Social Identities Can Inform Our Beliefs of Group Membership and Perceptions of Each Other” was the title of a symposium organized by Aumer, and it included researchers from the University of Pennsylvania, Northwestern University, Hawai‘i Pacific University, Harvard University, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 

Aumer and Erickson along with students Ahriika Jordan, Daniel Ikejimba, and Jessica Quintua presented “Permeability of White Supremacist and non-White Supremacist Groups Is Impacted by Perceived Conflict,” which investigated group permeability of social groups based on the ideology of white supremacy. 

Two additional research studies by Aumer and students were part of the conference program:  “Permeability of Sexual Orientation” included  students Stacy Green and Danyea Hays, and “Examining Methods of Resolving Hate: Differences in Venting, Humanizing, and Setting Boundaries” included students Anne Sigrid Urstad and Lauren Johnson. 

All of the research shared at the APS Conference was approved by HPU’s Institutional Review Board and was very well received by the international scholarship community.


Pictured from left to right are Professors Erickson, Fallis, and Aumer and HPU students presenting at the conference.