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Kwan wins inaugural psychology award

Virginia Kwan, an assistant professor of psychology , is among the winners of the inaugural Theoretical Innovation Prize awarded by the Society for Personality and Social Psychology.

Kwan, who joined the Princeton faculty this year, was honored for her work in co-writing a paper titled "Reconceptualizing Individual Differences in Self-Enhancement Bias: An Interpersonal Approach." The society honored the paper for providing an innovative theoretical contribution to personality and social psychology.

The paper's co-authors were Oliver John, a professor of psychology at the University of California-Berkeley; David Kenny, a Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor in Psychology at the University of Connecticut; Michael Bond, a professor of psychology at the Chinese University of Hong Kong; and Richard Robins, an associate professor of psychology at the University of California-Davis.

Kwan and her colleagues were among the authors of three papers that received the prize, which will be awarded annually. "The winners represent noteworthy examples of innovation and excellence that are sure to influence the scientific study of personality and social psychology for years to come," the society said in announcing the winners.

Contact: Eric Quinones (609) 258-3601

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