Tips from a young SAGE Scholar: Emily Impett

In post number two of our series spotlighting the 2015 SAGE Young Scholars Award recipients, we meet Emily Impett, Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Toronto Mississauga. Check out some shared wisdom from Emily below.

  1. Congratulations, Emily, and welcome to SAGE Connection! First of all, can you tell us a little bit about your current research?

ImpettA growing body of research across disciplines and across areas of psychology shows that giving feels good, but how does it feel to give when people find it particularly challenging? Most recently, the work in my lab has focused on understanding the consequences of giving and sacrifice under circumstances when it’s not particularly easy—for example, in relationships in which people might not receive much in return, such as parenting young children, or when they engage in sexual activity when they have little or no desire.

  1. What tips do you have for a researcher who values innovation?

We need to test ideas using the scientific method. We can develop ideas however we want though, including by drawing on our own life histories and personal experiences. I also don’t think that innovation happens when people work alone in dark rooms—collaboration is not only fun, but it also fosters innovation (1 + 1 = more than 2).

  1. What is one research-related resolution you came up with for 2015?

I have realized lately that I engage in a lot more concrete-level than abstract-level thinking. When it comes to preventing negative things from happening, this has some advantages—for example, I worry about small, detail-oriented things like “is this paper really ready for resubmission?” far more than scarier things like “will I get tenure?” But, I think this style of thinking has also prevented me from thinking more deeply about what I want in terms of future research projects and contributions I’d like to make to the field.

If you missed it, make sure to read yesterday’s spotlight of Clayton Critcher here

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