2014   Program   Pre-Conferences

SPSP 2014 Pre-Conferences will be held on Thursday, February 13, 2014 in the Austin Convention Center (view floor plan) and Hilton Austin Hotel (view floor plan). Venue and room location are listed under the pre-conference titles. Pre-conferences will be held between the times of 8 AM-4:30 PM; however, "Getting Your Research Into the Headlines" will be held from 1:30 PM-4 PM.

If you have any questions about a pre-conference, please contact the organizers by clicking the session title, which will redirect you to the pre-conferences individual website.  If you still need assistance, contact Ashley Foster at afoster@faseb.org  

*Pre-conferences are listed in alphabetical order



Location: Austin Convention Center, Room 9

A key theme in the 2014 Advances in Cultural Psychology pre-conference is Cultural Perspectives in Organizational and Consumer Psychology. In addition, speakers will present recent research in a variety of other areas, including developmental, health, and group behavior. This year’s conference will include a data blitz with short talks from 5 younger scholars, and a final round table of the speakers which will address “Big Questions” in cultural psychology. 



Location: Austin Convention Center, Room 6A

Evaluative processes are central to social psychology, and have been since the field's earliest days. The Attitudes Preconference features speakers who are at the cutting edge of research on evaluation. Their work addresses issues of basic cognitive and neurobiological processes in evaluation, motivational processes in evaluative processes, intersections of evaluative processes with other areas of social psychology, and interventions designed to change people's evaluations and behavior. At the Attitudes Preconference, we value an intimate and interactive environment, and as such, have 30-minute talks with an additional 15-minute Q&A session after each talk. In addition, new to this year is a 45-minute “data blitz” session that gives graduate students and recent PhDs an opportunity to present their research in short format.



Location: Austin Convention Center, Room 5

If you've spent too long searching through directories for a dataset only to realize it was on another lab member's machine, or if you've lost track of the 19 versions of the same file, or if you've been frustrated by how long you spend looking for research materials from your own collaborations, then join the Center for Open Science (COS) for a free SPSP preconference workshop. Brian Nosek, COS staff, and others will be on hand to give tutorials, answer questions, and help you make the most of your time by using the Open Science Framework.
This is an open conference. There are no formal presentations. Visit anytime from 9a-12p or 1p-4p to Room 5 in the Austin Convention Center. COS team members will demonstrate tools, get you started, and provide training and support as needed. Bring your laptop, research materials and data. We will help you make the most out of the OSF for supporting your research workflow. Drop-in for just 15 minutes, or spend the whole day!



Location: Austin Convention Center, Ballroom E

The Close Relationships Pre-Conference brings together cutting edge research and theory from across social and personality psychology. The day is designed to provoke thought, conversation, and collaboration. It features a series of dynamic speakers with plenty of time for discussion; this includes a research talk by the person to be presented with the Caryl E. Rusbult Early Career Award. Time and space for lunch with other Close Relationships Pre-Conference attendees allows for continued conversation and mingling. The popular data blitz allows researchers at any stage to take three minutes to present their hottest new findings to the group (typically 13 presenters; often young investigators). We will also present a graduate student research paper award and have a special session on gender differences in close relationships. We are in the process of confirming speakers now; this is on track with the timetable from previous years and we expect another exciting lineup.



Location: Austin Convention Center, Room 7

People have the innate tendency to try to make sense of the world around them. One universal tool that helps them accomplish this goal is the formation of common-sense beliefs and lay theories – various core assumptions about how social and non-social entities operate. This pre-conference covers the psychological underpinnings of a diverse range of such fundamental suppositions about the world. For example, invited speakers will discuss lay theories about mind-body dualism, free will and determinism, incrementalism, supernatural entities (e.g., religious belief) or knowledge. They will present current research on the cognitive prerequisites for the formation of such beliefs, and discuss the cognitive, affective, and behavioral consequences of holding them. After a successful first pre-conference at last year’s SPSP, we hope to again facilitate a fruitful exchange between these different areas of research and to further develop a new and integrated perspective on common-sense beliefs and lay theories.



Location: Austin Convention Center, Room 18C

Cooperative behavior among nonkin is one of the central faculties that set humans apart from most other animals, allowing for the development of norms and practices that sustain our most cherished social institutions. However, the flipside of cooperation is conflict, which appears to be a common or perhaps even necessary component of social life. At this one-time pre-conference, scholars from social, developmental, cognitive, and evolutionary psychology will present cutting-edge research on cooperation and conflict among individuals and groups. Two paper sessions (“cooperation and conflict in individuals”; “cooperation and conflict in groups”) and two panel discussions ("Why do we cooperate?"; "When cooperation hurts,"), bring together experts from different areas in psychology and beyond, representing a variety of perspectives and providing opportunities for active exchanges between speakers and participants.



Location: Austin Convention Center, Room 6B

In recent years, new paradigms have been forged in social psychology that draw on concepts and methods from complexity science, nonlinear dynamical systems, and computational modeling, to better understand social psychological processes. A major goal of this preconference is to focus the field’s attention on these new approaches. The preconference will showcase both the diversity of approaches—e.g., agent-based models, parallel constraint satisfaction in neural networks, identification of temporal patterns and attractors in time-series data—and the common theme of complexity and coherence for a wide variety of topics.
The theme for this year’s preconference is unification in social psychology. We wish to highlight the integrative potential of dynamical systems and computational modeling by focusing on invariant processes, basic dynamics, and the link between structure and dynamics across levels of psychological reality and topical domains.



Location: Austin Convention Center, Room 10C

Spike Lee (spike.lee@rotman.utoronto.ca) and Michael Robinson (Michael.D.Robinson@ndsu.edu) are pleased to organize the 4th annual SPSP embodiment pre-conference. Embodiment consists of the idea that our bodies, and how they interact with the environment, play a major, typically under-appreciated role in human psychology and behavior. Areas of study include perception, representation, experience, and action. The field is interdisciplinary and major developments have occurred in social psychology, cognitive psychology, and affective science. It is a young but vibrant field. The 2014 program includes talks by Sander Koole, Simone Schnall, Yaacov Trope, Dennis Proffitt, Arthur Glenberg, and Daniel Casasanto. There will also be two sessions for shorter 15-minute talks and a poster session. A call for submissions will be made in October. About 50 attendees are expected. Breakfast, afternoon snacks, and audio-visual equipment will be provided. Attendees will make their own lunch plans.


Location: Austin Convention Center, Ballroom A

The Emotion Preconference is for social psychologists with an interest in affect and emotion and has been held prior to the SPSP conference since 2006. Each emotion preconference over the last 5 years has registered 150-200 attendees. This year the preconference will include three symposia, a data blitz, a poster session, a hot buffet lunch, and a keynote speaker. Kevin Ochsner is the keynote speaker and symposia include sessions on "language and emotion" and "relational emotion" as well as a third to-be-determined topic.



Location: Austin Convention Center, Room 8

The SPSP Evolutionary Psychology Preconference, now in its 12th year, provides a forum for discussing cutting edge research examining how social psychological processes have been shaped by the recurring social and reproductive challenges humans faced throughout their evolutionary past. Nationally and internationally known researchers as well as up-and-coming new investigators and graduate students present findings through talks and a recently added data blitz. The presented research covers a range of topics, including: romantic relationships, decision-making, mental health, aggression, prejudice, social cognition, and personality development. Thus, the Evolutionary Psychology Preconference brings together and fosters collaboration between researchers from various domains of social and personality psychology. Additionally, this preconference introduces students unfamiliar with an evolutionary framework to a meta-theoretical approach that may be useful for guiding their future studies.



Location: Austin Convention Center, Room 4

The SPSP Training and Graduate Student Committees are pleased to present a pre-conference entitled, “From the job market to tenure: Tips for success.” The path from graduate student to tenured professor is replete with opportunities and challenges. In this preconference eminent scholars will share their tips for effectively navigating this path. There will be 6 talks: 1) On writing well (Mark Leary); 2) Nailing the interview (Steve Neuberg); 3) The fast track to getting tenure (Eli Finkel); 4) Engaging the public (Michael Norton); 5) Grant writing (Nalanjana Dasgupta); 6) Research collaboration (Greg Webster). We will also have a panel discussion in which individuals who took less familiar paths discuss their experiences and preparation: liberal arts college (Elizabeth Haines), applied research (Mary Gerend), business school (Vladas Griskevicius). Finally, the speakers will have lunch with participants to provide additional mentorship. Hope you join us for this action-packed, informative day. 



Location: Austin Convention Center, Room 14

From the journals and into the headlines, help bring your research to the public. Learn tips and tools for talking with the press, and then try your hand at some interactive exercises to sharpen your media skills. Bring with you to the workshop a recent abstract from either a favorite paper or your own work. This workshop is a unique opportunity to work on your media skills with science communications experts and journalists.



Location: Hilton Austin Hotel, Salon F

Following years of GPIR pre-conference tradition, we will again focus on facilitating the sharing and discussion of groundbreaking research in the field of group processes and intergroup relations. All of our speakers will address topics related to the general theme of diversity (e.g., intergroup interaction, discrimination). Their talks will shed light on both practical and theoretical implications. Confirmed speakers include: Patricia Devine, Jack Dovidio, Jim Sidanius, Valerie Purdie-Vaughns, Eric Knowles, Betsy Palluck, Sapna Cheryan, and Evan Apfelbaum. Following the tradition of this pre-conference, two graduate students or recent PhDs will also give a talk. In addition, there will be a poster session for researchers to share ideas and get feedback about their ongoing projects. Participants can also mingle and exchange their ideas during breakfast, lunch, and coffee breaks.



Location: Austin Convention Center, Ballroom F

What is happiness and how can we experience a greater sense of well-being? Although philosophers have pondered these questions for centuries, the scientific study of happiness and subjective well-being has exploded over the past 30 years, offering insight into the conceptualization, measurement, causes, and consequences of human happiness. To represent the exponential growth of happiness research and showcase cutting-edge work in the field, this pre-conference will bring together young investigators and world experts to share recent theory and findings. The event will feature talks from an outstanding list of speakers, including Ed Diener (keynote address), Ed Deci, Elizabeth Dunn, Barb Fredrickson, Laura King, Rich Lucas, David Myers, Rich Ryan, and Shige Oishi. In addition, new scholars are invited to present their work by submitting a poster or data blitz presentation.



Location: Hilton Austin Hotel, Salon G

We examine the psychology of judgment and decision making, broadly construed. Topics include: intertemporal decisions, emotion, judgment and perception of risk, and consumer choice.



Location: Austin Convention Center, Room 15

The justice and morality pre-conference brings together five or six of the top scholars in the fields of morality and justice research, and has been a part of SPSP for the past 12 years. In the past, we have been fortunate to recruit some of the most compelling researchers who are doing work on topics related to justice and morality. This year we have been equally fortunate--we have six speakers who have already committed to presenting: Kurt Gray, Kristina Olson, Rob Willer, Mitch Callan, Laurie Santos, and Mahzarin Banaji (who will deliver the keynote address). In addition we have been committed to giving graduate students opportunities to present their research. We host a graduate student poster session, and select three top poster entries to deliver a 15-minute talk about their research.



Location: Austin Convention Center, Room 2

The Lifespan Social-Personality Preconference acknowledges the demographic shifts of our modern society and highlights the scientific importance of understanding and integrating lifespan developmental psychology in social-personality research. The fields of social-personality psychology and lifespan development are each growing rapidly. While both fields are independently growing in size and importance for modern psychological research, there is also an increased interest in the intersection of lifespan development research and social-personality psychology. A diverse set of symposia featuring top researchers in the field will foster lifespan social-personality psychology through examining lifespan psychological and physical health, character development, and methodological issues. In addition, this preconference will offer an open poster session, off-site lunch, an afternoon methods workshop, and a closing discussion of the current issues in lifespan social-personality psychology.



Location: Austin Convention Center, Room 19B

The third SPSP Nonverbal Preconference will continue in the tradition of previous years to celebrate the interdisciplinary nature of the study of nonverbal communication. This event will feature four invited talks from accomplished nonverbal scholars, in addition to competitively selected brief talks and posters. The speakers will be Howard Friedman (University of California, Riverside), Mark Frank (University at Buffalo, State University of New York), Amy Halberstadt (North Carolina State University), and Nicholas Rule (University of Toronto) and will take place on February 13, 2014. Junior researchers will be invited to contribute paper proposals in the data blitz format of SPSP, with talks ranging 8-10 minutes in length. We look forward to bringing together scholars from different backgrounds in order to facilitate communication and collaboration. 



Location: Austin Convention Center, Ballroom G

Leading social psychologists, political scientists, and political journalists in various stages of their careers will discuss current research on topics aimed toward furthering the understanding of political behavior. Specific topics will include ideology, political polarization, emotion in political decision-making, morality, stereotyping and prejudice, religion, terror management, and gender in politics. In addition, we will host a graduate student talk, a data blitz, a poster session, and a paper-swap. As in previous years, our objectives in organizing this event are to honor leaders in the field, to break down boundaries between social psychology and political science, and to promote the next generation of political psychologists. By providing an interdisciplinary forum in which political psychologists can present new findings and discuss the past, present, and future of the field, this pre-conference will facilitate generative discussion among researchers from around the world who may not otherwise have a chance to share ideas.



Location: Austin Convention Center, Room 3

This pre-conference will highlight classic, contemporary, and emerging empirical research at the interface of social-personality psychology and the psychology of religion-spirituality. The program will consist of invited research presentations and a research poster session. Continental breakfast, drinks, and a box lunch will be provided for those who preregister.



Location: Austin Convention Center, Room 18D

A preconference on self and identity has been a fixture of the SPSP conferences for many years. This year’s preconference continues the tradition by featuring an exciting and eclectic lineup of seasoned contributors to the study of self and identity (David Dunning and Peter Gollwitzer) as well as younger investigators at the forefront of the field (Geoffrey Cohen and Kristen Neff). We are also honored to include scholars from outside the realm of self and identity who conduct cutting-edge research relevant for this audience (Laura King and George Bonanno). In addition, the preconference will feature invited addresses by the Early Career Award (Mark Landau) and Lifetime Career Award (Edward Deci and Richard Ryan) winners. With a diverse panel of speakers reflecting the depth and breadth of the field, organizers Brandon Schmeichel and Roy Baumeister hope to make this preconference a testament to the vitality of current self and identity research.



Location: Austin Convention Center, Room 19A

Self-regulation processes determine our moments, days, and years. From moment to moment, self-regulation is involved in directing thoughts and controlling emotions. From day to day, it impacts how and with whom we spend our time, what we value, and where we direct our energies. From year to year, it is involved in determining and persisting in long-term projects. Thus, appreciating the processes of self-regulation is central to understanding human judgment, behavior, and decision-making at all scales.

Capitalizing on the great success of last year’s first-ever Self-Regulation Pre-Conference, we return with a diverse group of leading researchers who are taking on the biggest current questions, and a data blitz featuring new work from exciting senior-graduate researchers. Talks will feature the latest thinking on intrapersonal, interpersonal, and situational aspects of self-regulation; examine emotional, cognitive, and social components; and feature analyses from the neural level up to the long-term behavioral level.



Location: Austin Convention Center, Room 17A

Sexuality is a vibrant and growing area of research in social-personality psychology, evidenced by the APA’s forthcoming publication of the first ever Handbook on Sexuality and Psychology. The Sexuality Pre-conference at the 2014 annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology will be the first of its kind at SPSP, and will showcase the cutting edge research conducted by social-personality scholars working on issues such as sexual satisfaction, sexual orientation, sexual health, sexual stigma, gender differences in sexuality, and the biobehavioral underpinnings of sexual desire and behavior. The preconference will highlight the diversity and interdisciplinarity of sexuality research, and will emphasize its social and clinical implications. We hope that through this preconference, social and personality psychologists will gain familiarity with the breadth and depth of contemporary sexuality research and will see the relevance of human sexuality to their own field of study.



Location: Austin Convention Center, Room 16AB


We have 2 exciting new components of the Social Cognition Preconference this year.  The first is that our program this year is dedicated to answering one of today's most controversial and fascinating questions about the mind ("How Many and of What?  Understanding the Systems and Processes of the Social Mind").  Our cutting-edge speakers are from a variety of backgrounds and will present their social cognitive perspective on this question.  And, Jeff Sherman – one of the foremost experts on this topic – will be giving the keynote address.  The second is that we will have our inaugural poster session, and will be awarding the 2014 ISCON Best Poster Award.  The program will also feature talks by the two ISCON award winners: Nick Rule and Michael Inzlicht.

The speakers are Nick Rule, Michael Inzlicht, Josh Greene, Jan De Houwer, Robert Spunt, Agnes Moors, Jon Freeman, Jay Van Bavel, and Jeff Sherman (Keynote).



Location: Hilton Austin Hotel, Room 406

Social neuroendocrinology is a vibrant subfield within social psychology that examines the relationship between hormones and social behavior. The Social Neuroendocrinology Pre-conference ("Social NeuroEndo") was first held in 2012, and attendance almost doubled from year 1 to year 2. We see this growth as a reflection of a growing interest among social psychologists in the role of the neuroendocrinological systems in basic social processes such as close relationships, emotion, aggression, and dominance. Social NeuroEndo includes both an invited speaker series and a short-form "Data Blitz" session for early-career scholars. This year, we have an exciting line-up of speakers that represent a diversity of research topics and neuroendocrinological methods. We are also securing external funding to keep registration costs low. Given the methods-focused nature of the meeting, Social NeuroEndo serves the dual purpose of disseminating new research and providing exposure to advanced research methods.



Location: Austin Convention Center, Ballroom C

The goal of this preconference, sponsored by the Social Personality and Health Network (www.sphnetwork.org) is to examine the reciprocal relationship between health and psychology at multiple levels of analysis. Speakers will present research including work spanning psychological influences on genetics and health; the physiological effects and health consequences of emotions, attitudes, behaviors; and genetics research as it pertains to social and personality psychology and health. Two graduate datablitz sessions, in which students will have two minutes and two slides to present one of their research findings, will provide exposure to up-and-coming members of the field. We will present a graduate student award to subsidize travel costs to one such outstanding student. For the first time this year, we will also be honoring an early career faculty member who has made exceptional contributions to research and/or practice that integrate social/personality and health psychology.



Location: Austin Convention Center, Room 10AB

The pre-conference features an exciting line-up of presentations from prominent scholars from psychological and legal backgrounds in classic (e.g., discrimination, procedural justice, attributions) as well as contemporary (e.g., embodiment, emotion) areas in social psychology and law. Specifically, the pre-conference will feature 3 symposia including New Developments in Social Psychology and Law, Discrimination, and Emotion and Legal Decision Making. The talks will also address the generalizability of laboratory findings to the real world and have applications for potential complainants, lawyers, judges, jurors, policy-makers, and law enforcement. Complementing the symposia, the pre-conference will also include five, 10-minute datablitz presentations from promising scholars whose work applies social psychological theories, empirical models, and methodologies to examine practical problems in law and legal process as well as poster presentations from graduate students and new researchers proposing novel and creative ways to use social psychology to study law and policy.



Location: Austin Convention Center, Room 18AB

The third annual SPSP Sustainability Psychology preconference will stimulate social psychologists of all stripes to think about how their work relates to issues of environmental conservation and sustainability. We start the day with a talk by Edward Maibach of George Mason University’s Center for Climate Change Communication; Dr. Maibach and his colleagues at ‘4C’ have been at the leading edge of using psychological and communications science to address pressing environmental challenges. Symposia will focus on innovative interventions, social justice and ethics, and emerging methodological issues in the field. Practitioners (including the local Austin based group, EnviroMedia) will present alongside scholars in social psychology and related fields to facilitate the connection between theory and action. A poster session and data blitz will give emerging scholars a chance to present their work and network with others in the field.



Location: Hilton Austin Hotel, Room 410

While members of SPSP have a diverse set of research and scholarly interests, virtually all members of the society have teaching responsibilities. The Teaching Preconference serves as the primary forum at the SPSP annual meeting to discuss these responsibilities with colleagues and improve effectiveness in this domain, based on best practices and findings from the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. The Preconference provides programming that supports teaching for participants at all levels, from current graduate students, to junior faculty, to senior faculty. The preconference emphasizes novel empirically-supported techniques and content for teaching, and addresses a wide variety of teaching issues and contexts, including online teaching, active learning, and assessing student learning, among others. The Teaching Preconference has been a part of SPSP for the past 11 years, and has had consistently strong attendance and interest, with between 50 and 60 participants for each of the past several years.