Kristin Laurin is Assistant Professor of Psychology and CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar at the University of British Columbia. Her research examines large-scale ideologies relating to religion, politics, social justice and more, and how these connect with motivations. Under that umbrella she studies a wide range of topics including for example goal pursuit, morality, social class, and rationalization. She is the winner of numerous awards, including the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship, and the Early Career Award of the International Social Cognition Network (ISCON).
Sandra Murray is a Professor of Psychology at the State University of New York at Buffalo. Her research examines motivated cognition in close relationships. She is interested in understanding the unconscious and conscious processes at play when people encounter threatening situations in their relationships (e.g., incompatible preferences, a partner’s criticisms, a partner’s failure to provide support). She has received some of the highest awards in Social Psychology, including the Career Trajectory Award from the Society of Experimental Social Psychology, the Society of Personality and Social Psychology Theoretical Innovation Award, and the American Psychological Association Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contribution to Psychology (Area:Social Psychology).