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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.

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Guest post by Dr. Howard Giles, University of California, Santa Barbara

It is with a heavy heart that we mourn the loss of our dear colleague and friend, Anthony Mulac, after courageously battling severe illnesses for the past two years or more. Tony came to UCSB with a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 1968 and was one of the architects of our Communication (then Program) that split off from Speech and Hearing in 1984. His legacy to interpersonal communication research is enormous, studying as he did the role of gender in shaping communicative practices.

Early work in this genre pointed to the existence of a distinct “women’s language” that was deemed to be more hesitant, indirect, emotional, and uncertain than men’s, whose manner of communicating was claimed to be more dominant, direct, and controlling. Such differences were then interpreted as reflective of the relative status and power of men over women vis-a-vis sex-role theory, and any differences between the genders were reckoned to pale in comparison to their similarities. Tony and his associates stepped in, provocatively given conventional wisdom, by examining combinations of language features instead of isolated language markers (as had been the case in prior research), and discovered what he termed the “gender-linked language effect” (GLLE). His work was significant because it added empirical data to claims that argued, often with little or no data, gender influences language. Programmatically, he showed, in dozens of evaluative studies of spoken and written language transcripts, that girls and women used language subtly differently than boys and men. Moreover, girls and women were consistently rated higher in Socio-Intellectual Status and Aesthetic Quality, whereas boys and men, in contrast, were rated higher in Dynamism. The GLLE was evident in coding public speeches, problem-solving interactions, and essays from ages 12 to 70, with specific gender-preferred language features associated with it; females, for example, used more emotional words and hedges, while males adopted more quantity words and “I” references. The GLLE was perhaps one of the most consistently and thoroughly demonstrated effects in language and gender research.

As a mentor, Tony encouraged his graduate and undergraduate students to engage in research and ask meaningful questions. He collaborated with countless undergraduates, working with them as coders for his GLLE research, many of whom worked with Tony as their first experience with empirical research. He challenged the assumptions of gender stereotypes in his teaching and research. Not surprisingly, Tony also promoted diversity and acceptance in his scholarship, classes, and departmental searches. He was also devoted to teaching. Tony was instrumental in the creation of our introductory statistics course, and he loved to explain to undergraduates how to interpret research findings. He was also responsible for the Teaching Assistant training program in the department – and inspired numerous cohorts of graduate students to become excellent instructors.

Retiring in 2005, he still remained active in research, presenting his work at the 2010 NCA in San Francisco, and publishing significant papers in 2012 & 2013 wherein he introduced (and tested) a general process theoretical model of the cognitive schemas that were proposed to be responsible for the GLLE. Tony’s scholarship, charm, and collegiality will be sorely missed by the Department and his collaborators elsewhere. The campus flag was at half-mast April 5 in honor of Tony’s achievements and contributions to UCSB. At a well-attended Memorial service of family, colleagues, and friends on April 8, his excelling in so many diverse activities – in singing for the Chicago Symphony chorus, as church organist who made such instruments, to winning debating and regatta awards – were highlighted as extraordinary complements to his being a pioneering scholar. UCSB Communication conveys our deepest and sincerest condolences to: his former wife Torborg, daughter Sabrina, sister Pam and husband George, his step-daughter Lynne Sutherland and her children Ava and Wyatt, and to his wife Jo Anne Larkin (to whom he was devoted and cherished) and her brother Robert, for their great loss.

Howie Giles, UC Santa Barbara