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The 41th Gao Juefu Psychological Lecture— “Culturally Responsive Development of Children in China and the United States” by Dr. Wang Jun

On the afternoon of June 19, the 42th Gao Juefu Psychological Lecture was held at the Conference Room 108 of the School of Psychology, Nanjing Normal University. Dr. Wang Jun, who comes from the Faculty of Agriculture and Life Sciences in Texas A&M University, was invited to give a lecture entitled “Culturally Responsive Development of Children in China and the United States. The lecture was hosted by Prof. Chen Chen, the Director of Institute of Educational Psychology. Prof. Deng Zhu, Dean of our School of Psychology, Dr. WangYunqiang, Vice Dean of our School of Psychology, and some PhD and master students were invited to attend the lecture.

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Dr. Wang Jun is an alumnus of our School of Psychology, graduating in 2006 with a bachelor degree in Applied Psychology, and then received her doctoral degree in Applied Developmental Science at Colorado State University. She is now an assistant professor in Texas A&M University, and is interested in the topics of emotional regulation, self-regulation, and motivational development, and has published several peer-reviewed papers in highest reputed international journals, such as Journal of Youth and Adolescence.

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In this lecture, Dr. Wang Jun introduced her own cross-cultural studies to explain the cultural differences in individual development between China and the United States. In China, she found that the emotional expression of children has a long incubation time. They tended to express their emotions in a cumulative way and to use self-consolation to regulate their negative emotions in stressful situations. In the United States, however, the emotional expression of children has a short incubation time. American children tended to be more likely to express their emotions and to use attentional distraction to regulate their negative emotions in stressful situations.

In the last Question & Answer session, Dr. Wang Jun with the teachers and students who attended the lecture had a positive interaction, discussing and exchanging some ideas regarding of the topic of cultural difference in the youth development. The lecture was ended in applause.