The SPSP Evolutionary Psychology (EP) Preconference—in its 22nd year—provides a forum for discussing cutting-edge research examining how psychological processes have been shaped by recurring physical and social challenges faced over human evolutionary history. Regularly among the top-attended preconferences, the EP Preconference attracts established researchers, new investigators, and graduate and undergraduate students from around the world. Invited speakers present full-length research talks; slots to present data blitzes and posters are competitive, featuring scholars across career levels. Presentations cover a broad range of topics, including cooperation, health, morality, aggression, social cognition, mating, and personality in both humans and non-human species. The EP Preconference fosters interdisciplinary collaboration between researchers from psychology and neighboring disciplines like anthropology and biology, and it provides an optimal forum for introducing psychologists to the ways evolutionary theory can be used to cohere disparate findings, generate novel predictions, and ultimately enhance our understanding of behavior.

Invited Speakers

  • Josh Tybur, VU Amsterdam
  • Jaimie Krems, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Summer Mengelkoch, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Chris von Rueden, University of Richmond
  • Stacy Rosenbaum, University of Michigan
  • Michael Barlev, Arizona State University

Preconference Organizers

Nicholas Grebe, [email protected], University of Michigan
Marjorie Prokosch, [email protected], Rochester Institute of Technology


Need-Based Registration Subsidies

This year we are again offering need-based registration subsidies to help offset the cost of preconference attendance for students and early career researchers with financial hardships or who are traveling long distances to attend. If you have no or minimal travel funding and this would make it difficult for you to join us, we may be able to cover your preconference registration costs.

To apply for a registration subsidy, please fill out this form before November 15. Priority will be given to applicants who will be presenting a poster or data blitz.


Preconference submissions are now closed. If you have any questions about this preconference, please email the organizers (listed above).