Professor of Psychology Jen Borton and Katherine Delesalle ’14 presented a poster on Jan. 30 at the annual conference of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP) in San Diego.
Co-authored by Borton and Delesalle, along with Sarah Ohanesian ’14, “Responses to Performance Feedback in People with Defensive Versus Secure Self-Esteem” was based on Delesalle’s thesis work and presented the results of her research on dimensions of self-esteem.
She found that people with defensive self-esteem (a high level of implicit or automatic self-esteem, along with a low level of explicit or conscious self-esteem) are more reactive to ego threats than those with secure self-esteem (a high level of both implicit and explicit self-esteem). Her findings highlighted the importance of examining both explicit and implicit self-esteem in combination.
Delesalle’s trip to San Diego was made possible with funding by the Jonathan Vaughan Memorial Travel Award. The award was established through alumni and community donations to honor the memory Jon Vaughan, the James L. Ferguson Professor of Psychology, who passed away in September 2014 of cancer. Delesalle was the first recipient of the award.
Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology Cameron Brick also traveled to San Diego. He chaired the Sustainability preconference on Jan. 28.