Our psychology is shaped by our societies, and our societies are shaped by their histories. History serves as a kind of psychological fossil record, which opens up an exciting source of data from “dead minds”. The Historical Psychology preconference brings together researchers to discuss cross-temporal variation in human psychology, ranging from conformity and values to stereotypes and emotion. Sessions will be structured to allow for introduction of novel methods as well as discussion of presentations and new ideas in the new field of historical psychology. 

If you have any questions, please contact Mohammad Atari (matari@fs.harvard.edu).


Confirmed speakers include James Pennebaker (University of Texas at Austin), Ted Slingerland (University of British Columbia), Tessa Charlesworth (Harvard), and Joshua Conrad Jackson (Northwestern University). The final list will be announced in October 2022. 

Preconference Organizers

Mohammad Atari, matari@fas.harvard.edu, Harvard University
Joseph Henrich, Harvard University


We encourage presentations that use a diverse array of methods such as historical text analysis, cultural evolutionary modeling, survey-based assessment, agent-based modeling, etc. Emerging scholars (i.e., graduate students, postdocs, and those within 5 years of receiving their Ph.D.) are encouraged to submit an abstract for consideration as a data-blitz talk. Poster submissions follow the same rules, but can also be submitted by undergraduate students.

We will begin accepting submissions on Sept. 1. All submissions must be completed by 11:59 PM ET on Nov. 15.
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