Establishing shared realities is basic to human nature. To verify what is true about the world and make sense of experiences, people turn to each other. In today’s world, questions about how people jointly discern what is truly real have become increasingly ubiquitous. How do people influence each other’s perceptions of reality? How do conversation partners establish shared meaning, and how do close partners contribute to meaning in life? How do people get “on the same wavelength”?

For the fifth year, this preconference assembles a diverse group of experts from the growing field of Shared Reality. This year’s speakers will cover topics ranging from conversational meaning-making to brain-to-brain synchrony, online polarization, shared narratives, linguistic convergence, social influence, and current social movements.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Roy Baumeister
  • Suzanne Dikker
  • Catalina Enestrom
  • Robert Hawkins
  • Namkje Koudenburg 
  • Monisha Pasupathi
  • Tom Postmes
  • Diana Tamir

We will also host an early career Data Blitz.

Preconference Organizers

Maya Rossignac-Milon, mr3352@columbia.edu, Columbia University
Emma Miller, emma.miller@columbia.edu, Columbia University


This precon is accepting submissions for data blitz and single presenter talks only. All submissions must be completed by 11:59 PM PT on Nov. 15. If you have questions, you may email precons@spsp.org or the preconference organizer listed above.

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