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 Student Committee 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.”