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The Journal of Language and Social Psychology has issued a Call for Papers (CFP) for an upcoming special issue tentatively entitled, “Advice: Integrative Insights”. Erina MacGeorge (Penn State University) will serve as guest editor.

From the CFP: Advice is a ubiquitous form of interpersonal support and influence. Indeed, the advice we exchange with others can be highly consequential, affecting us as recipients and advisors, and shaping both positive and negative outcomes for relationships, groups, and organizations. […] This special issue of the Journal of Language and Social Psychology, tentatively entitled “Advice: Integrative Insights” will showcase scholarship that bridges disciplinary and paradigmatic boundaries to produce greater insight about the structure, function, and outcomes of advice. Manuscripts accepted for the issue will feature empirical research focused on the language and communication of advice—with the requirement that they provide substantive insight through integration of theory from different disciplines or sub-disciplines, methods that extend or bridge traditional paradigms, and/or the examination of advising processes in understudied and consequential domains.

Click here for the full CFP. [PDF]

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The (randomly) selected focus publication for June/July is:

Strekalova, Y., Krieger, J. L., Neil, J., Caughlin, J. P., Kleinheksel, A. J., & Kotranza, A. (2016). I Understand How You Feel: The Language of Empathy in Virtual Clinical Training. Journal of Language and Social Psychology. DOI: 10.1177/0261927X16663255.


Effective communication is one of the most fundamental aspects of successful patient care, and it frequently depends on the nurses’ ability to empathize with patients while finding effective ways to translate medical science into personally relevant health information. Skilled nurses are expected to understand the patient’s experiences and feelings and be able to communicate this understanding to the patient, but language strategies used to achieve the goal of empathic communication can vary. In this article, we employed the model of message design logics to evaluate what strategies nursing students (N = 343) used to express empathy during a simulated health history training. The results of this study advance our understanding of what constitutes a high-quality response to the disclosure of personal health history facts. In addition to providing a general framework for understanding empathic responses during health history assessment, the message design logic perspective highlights the differences in linguistic choices in simulated patient–provider conversations.

[Article on ResearchGate]

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The Asian Journal of Social Psychology is seeking nominations (including self-nominations) for its next Editor-in-Chief, whose term will begin in 2018 and last for 3 years. Nominations or inquiries should be directed to Professor Sikhung Ng (Email:, Professor James Liu (Email: or Professor Colleen Ward (Email: The search process will continue until the nominee is approved by AASP, but not earlier than 30 September, 2017.

The mission of AASP (The Asian Association of Social Psychology), which the Editor will uphold, is to “provide scholars in Asia and the Pacific with a collaborative forum for the discussion, promotion, capabilities building, and publication of their research. It promotes research on Asian traditions, philosophies, and ideas that have scientific merit and practical applications, and expands the boundary, substance, and direction of social psychology by supplementing and integrating Western psychology’s focus on intra-individual processes with a broader and more holistic view from culture and society”.

As the flagship journal of AASP, Asian Journal of Social Psychology had a 2015 Impact Factor of 1.261, and had an IF=1.0 with 98,712 downloads in 2016. On average, the journal receives 300 submissions a year, and publishes about 33 articles in four issues. The Editor-in-Chief typically screens these for quality control and assigns them to Associate Editors for actioning the review process. At the request of the Editor-in-Chief, AASP will consider a Co-Editor-in-Chief to share duties (for greater efficiency and effectiveness). AASP provides a stipend of up to $10,000 USD/annum for the Editor-in-Chief(s), which may be shared with Associate Editors. The EiC(s) will have access to AASP’s publisher (Wiley-Blackwell) for technical support in managing the Journal’s online submission platform ScholarOne. The Journal’s Senior Editor(s) will provide advice on request.

For more information on the role, please download the job description here [PDF].

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The (randomly) selected focus publication for April/May 2017 is:

Gasiorek, J., & Dragojevic, M. (2017). The effects of accumulated underaccommodation on perceptions of underaccommodative communication and speakers. Human Communication Research, 43(2), 276-294. doi: 10.1111/hcre.12105



This study examined the effects of repeated instances of underaccommodation (i.e., insufficiently adjusted communication) on people’s perceptions and evaluations of communication and speakers. Participants (N = 179) completed a series of three map-based tasks that required them to follow directions that contained insufficient information. Consistent with hypotheses, as nonaccommodation accumulated across tasks, participants inferred less positive motives for the speaker’s communication, and inferences about motive for each task contributed directly and indirectly to overall evaluations of both the speaker and their communication. These results indicate that accumulated nonaccommodation is consequential, and underscore the theoretical importance of motive attributions to predicting reactions to nonaccommodation.