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The researcher Veronica Benet-Martinez, inducted into the Heritage Wall of Fame of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology

The researcher Veronica Benet-Martinez, inducted into the Heritage Wall of Fame of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology

The association has acknowledged the work by Benet-Martinez examining the interdependence between cultural and social-personality processes, particularly those pertaining to the role of individual differences in acculturation and intercultural/multicultural experiences.

 

27.05.2022

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Veronica Benet-Martinez, an ICREA research professor at the UPF Department of Political and Social Sciences, is the latest person to be inducted into the Heritage Wall of Fame of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP), the world’s biggest and oldest association of social and personality psychologists. The SPSP is an academic society for social and personality psychologists focusing on promoting scientific research exploring how people think, behave and interact.

The Heritage Wall of Fame immortalizes senior social and personality scientists for their outstanding contributions to research, teaching and mentorship. Thus, it recognizes the lasting impact they have left on the broader discipline of psychology. With this recognition, the researcher has joined this digital wall, rubbing shoulders with researchers like Robert Cialdini, Susan Fiske, Roy Baumeister and Jack Block.

The Heritage Wall of Fame immortalizes senior social and personality scientists for their outstanding contributions to research, teaching and mentorship.

The jury has acknowledged the work by Benet-Martinez examining the interdependence between cultural and social-personality processes, particularly those pertaining to the role of individual differences in acculturation and intercultural/multicultural experiences.

Through this wall, everyone who wishes, will have the chance to leave a testimony about how Benet-Martinez’s research has had an impact on their careers, and they are also encouraged to make a donation to support the Heritage Dissertation Award of the SPSP.

The relationship between cultural and social-personal processes

Benet-Martinez’s research focuses on the interdependence between cultural and social-personal processes. For example, Benet-Martinez has shown, throughout her work, that cultural factors play a key role in how an individual’s personality aspects (traits, self-esteem, well-being, self-concept) are organized and expressed.

Benet-Martinez’s research has shown that cultural factors play a key role in how an individual’s personality aspects are organized and expressed.

The researcher has also shown that personality factors play a key role in the way individuals manage and adapt to intercultural processes, in cases, for example, such as migration or intergroup contact. Through her research on multi- and bi-culturalism, she has shown that the sociological and popular press accounts of multiculturalism portraying bicultural individuals as “marginal” or, at best, “stuck between two worlds”, are inaccurate.

Her studies have elucidated when, how, and for whom multicultural experiences can bring about psychological and behavioural gains. Through these contributions, Benet-Martinez has placed personality and social psychology at the centre of critically important debates about the impact of multiculturalism and globalization, debates that have historically been dominated by other disciplines such as political science or economics.

Through these contributions, Benet-Martinez has placed personality and social psychology at the centre of critically important debates about the impact of multiculturalism and globalization

The Heritage Wall of Fame is not the researcher’s first recognition by the same association. Two years ago, Benet-Martinez was granted the Diener Award in Personality Psychology, which recognizes mid-career scholars (+/- 15 to 25 years from their first tenure-track appointment) whose work has added substantially to the body of knowledge in the fields of personality psychology and social psychology.

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