Royce-Harder Research Conference

We are pleased to announce that this year's Royce Harder Research Conference will be taking place virtually on Wednesday, April 12 and Thursday, April 13, 2023.

  • Keynote Speaker: Janeen Loehr, Associate Professor, University of Saskatchewan

    Title: From soloist to symphony: Investigating the sense of collective agency when coordinating together with others.

    Abstract: Whether engaging in team sports, group music-making, or simply navigating the demands of daily life, people routinely coordinate their actions with those of other people. When doing so, each person’s individual actions (e.g., playing the guitar) must be coordinated to achieve a collective goal (e.g., performing the band’s biggest hit). Coordinating actions with others has fascinating consequences for people’s sense of agency, that is, their sense of generating and controlling actions and their effects on the world. Each person engaged in coordination can have a sense of agency not only at the individual level (a sense that “I did that” or “You did that”), but also at the collective level (a sense that “We did that together”). Moreover, collective-level agency can range from a sense that agency is shared among co-performers to a powerful sense that co- performers are “acting as one”. In this talk, I will discuss a series of studies in which we examined the causes and consequences of collective- level agency during interpersonal coordination, using a multi-methods approach ranging from experimental manipulations of shared agency in duet music performance to qualitative investigations of united agency across a variety of settings. I will also discuss our ongoing work to develop digital music-making technology that can be used as therapeutic tool for spousal couples living with dementia to experience collective agency while playing music together.

  • Invited Internal Speaker: Yao Zheng, Assistant Professor

    Title: Parenting and Parent–Child Relationships on Multiple Timescales: Antecedents and Developmental Outcomes

    Abstract: As major sources of socialization, parenting practices and parent–child relationships have potent impact on normative and atypical child development. Parenting behaviors as dynamic and multi-dimensional constructs also change over developmental periods under the reciprocal influences of child adjustment, demonstrating parent-driven and child-driven effects. In this talk I will introduce several conventional longitudinal studies conducted on a macro timescale spanning over multiple years, highlighting the influences of the level, change, and lability of parenting behaviors on child and adolescent developmental outcomes, as well as the interactive and synergetic roles of different parenting behaviors. Next I will introduce a series of recent studies on parent–adolescent dyads conducted on a micro timescale spanning over multiple days that closely investigate the day-to-day fluctuations of parenting behaviors and their links to adolescent adjustment. With innovative time series analysis such as Dynamic Structural Equation Modeling, longitudinal mediation, and dynamical systems modeling, I will illustrate a few pertinent issues in the parenting literature, encompassing congruency and discrepancy in parent- vs. adolescent-reported parenting behaviors, parent- vs. adolescent-driven processes in cross-day links, as well as the co-regulation of parent–adolescent dyads as coupled dynamical systems.


Royce Harder Organizing Committee

Tom Spalding
Sandra Ziolkowski
Valery Kalinin, graduate student
Madison Fankhanel, undergraduate student
Jan Boulter
Llyn Madsen