The SPSP Emotion Preconference is for psychologists interested in affective science and has been held every year since 2006. This year's program features a "scientists behind the science" panel with Kristen Lindquist (University of North Carolina), Wendy Berry Mendes (University of California San Francisco), and Gerben Van Kleef (University of Amsterdam). In this panel, the three speakers will share the stories behind their science, including challenges or (unexpected) twists and turns their work has taken.  The stories they share provide valuable insights that dispel the myths that science has to be perfect, that success is linear, or that making important contributions to science comes without rejections and hurdles.

This year’s program also features a keynote address by Batja Mesquita (KU Leuven). Additionally, the program includes  invited talks from an exciting line-up of speakers highlighting affective science across a wide range of domains in psychology including close relationships, development, emotion regulation, health, and neuroscience:

William Chopik (Michigan State University)
Tristen Inagaki (San Diego State University)
Elise Kalokerinos (University of Melbourne)
Pranjal Mehta (University of Oregon)
Jennifer Silvers (University of California Los Angeles)
Lyle Ungar (University of Pennsylvania)

The preconference will also feature submitted flash/blitz talks and a poster session.

Preconference Organizers

Bonnie Le,, University of Rochester
Brett Ford,, University of Toronto
Amit Goldenberg,, Harvard University


Submissions are to be submitted on the SPSP portal which will be open Sept. 1 – Nov. 15. The link to the portal will be provided here by September 1. Abstract formatting will adhere to main conference guidelines. There will be two submission types: a) posters and b) short talks (6-10 minutes in length, with length information upon notification of acceptance). Individuals may express an interest in both formats at the time of submission.

Our Submission Guide outlines all the information needed for submitting to a preconference.