< SPSP Main Site
Home > Home Page > First Time Attendees

What the pros say...

Wendy Mendes: “Go through the conference schedule and highlight your 'can’t miss' sessions. Choose a variety of sessions, not just the ones that are directly related to your research; this is the time to be inspired and expand your horizons. Don’t cut your visit short – attend a preconference and stay until the end.”

Simine Vazire, 2014-15 Program Committee Chair

"When you hear a provocative talk, practice your critical thinking skills: Were the methods rigorous? Do the conclusions match the results?  Being able to evaluate the science separately from the presentation style and entertainment value is a good skill to hone."

Harry Reis, Foundation for Personality and Social Psychology President: “Accept the fact that the experience will be utterly overwhelming. These feelings are normal and entirely illusory. Attend every talk and poster you can and be bold: start a conversation whenever and with whomever you can.”

Liz Keneski, 2014 GSC President: “Posters can be a great place to meet potential colleagues if you take the time to look through the abstracts first and choose those relevant to your work.”

Don't Miss the Convention Kick-Off & Welcome Breakfasat

8:15am-9:30am on Friday, January 29, Room 1A

Sponsored by the Diversity & Climate Committee, for members of groups historically underrepresented in SPSP and first-time conference attendees to meet each other in a relaxed environment and discuss suggestions for getting the most out of the conference. Brief presentations/panel and networking opportunity.

*Attendees must bring their breakfast from the Exhibit Hall to this sessoin. Breakfast will not be provided in the session room.


First time attending the Annual Convention?


Expect to…

  • learn about social and personality psychology by attending symposia and poster sessions.
  • meet those who have shaped and changed the field of social and personality psychology.
  • network with mentors, professors and students who are just as passionate about social and personality psychology as you are.
  • find future colleagues and collaborative partners for your research.
  • plan to get the most out of your time at SPSP 2016 and enjoy your time in San Diego

Helpful Tips

  1. Dress the part – attire for the convention is business casual.
  2. Attend sessions that interest you, rather than trying to attend every session. There is not enough time to see and do everything, focus on those which you are most passionate about. 
  3. Take advantage of the mentor/mentee matchup that the Graduate Student Committee sponsors to help introduce those new to the filed to those who have ample experience.
  4. Bring business cards – they are great especially when attending social events. You will be surrounded by individuals with whom you should stay in touch.
  5. Check out the program ahead of time to plan which sessions you wish to attend and familiarize yourself with their general location.
  6. Wear comfortable shoes because sore feet will ruin anyone’s day.
  7. Find time to explore the awesome city of San Diego.
  8. Remember to eat, you have the choice of either 2 drink tickets (to be used at social events) or a boxed lunch.
  9. Register for preconferences and be sure to check out what preconferences are being held this year.
  10. Download the app. It’s a mobile and fast way to view the program while you are attending sessions.
  11. Book your hotel - make booking easy and book your hotel room in the SPSP hotel block.
  12. Lastly, don’t forget to have fun! Make sure to tag all social media from the conference with the official hashtag #SPSP2016.

Download Our Checklist: Maximizing Your Convention Experience

If you still have questions and concerns, take a look at our FAQs or speak with SPSP via Chat Room. Don’t forget to connect with SPSP and its members    
© Copyright 2015 SPSP