Highlights from conference by Gaja

The sounds of Frederic Chopin’s music accompanied the official inauguration of the 9th European IACCP Conference in Warsaw, Poland.

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This is the second time the conference takes place in Poland. For the first time it was organized in Pultusk on July 16-21, 2000. This year, 17 years later the conference visits the heart of Poland, its capital city of Warsaw.

Thanks to many months of hard work and multiple challenges faced bravely by the Organizational Committee, the participants of the conference have a pleasure to visit the SWPS University, the first private university in Poland established over 20 years ago by three exceptional psychologists: Professor Andrzej Eliasz, Professor Zbigniew Pietrasinski, and Professor Janusz Reykowski.

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The opening ceremony included warm greetings expressed by the Rector of the SWPS University, Professor Roman Cieslak, the President of the IACCP, Professor Fons van de Vijver, and Professor Pawel Boski, Chair of the Organizational Committee, whose commitment and endless enthusiasm made it all possible.

The speeches were followed by a short movie presenting international students of the SWPS University, who volunteered to become members of the Organizational Committee, and cheerfully recommended their favourite places in Warsaw.

A piano concert of Chopin’s masterpieces as well as students’ performances combining the power of lights, music, dancing, and acting created a perfect ending to the exciting beginning of the 9th European IACCP Conference. May the music be with us throughout our time together here!

An inspirig presentation of research results has taken place during the symposium on measures of emotions. Mariko Kikurani discovered that surprise and fear arise from different causes across cultures. Eun-Joo Park focused on emotion words and found that relationship between association words are more concrete for peripheral concepts, and central concepts are more flexible in meaning. Machiko Ikmoto talked about vocal impressions and how they differ among languages. Magda Igras-Cybulska presented accustic analysis and uses of frequency as a parameter of speech. Finally, Daniela Hekiert focused inter alia on differences between Poles and Canadians in expressions of sadness. The symposium was an interesting journey through emotions, voice quality, and cultural display rules.

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A fascinating debate on the issues of morality, theism and atheism has taken place during the symposium on religiosity in modern society, in which participated D. Simunovic, M. Jakubowska, L. Grigoryan, and K. Boehnke. Results of several studies were presented to describe a tangled relationship between religion, prejudice, and prosocial behaviors. A findig on a dual effect of religiosity was particularly interesting, as well as a notion that sources of morality change perception of believers and nonbelievers.

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