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Location: Hyatt Regency (HR) Hanover AB

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What is happiness, what causes it, and what benefits does it confer for people and society? Although philosophers have pondered these questions for centuries, the scientific study of happiness has exploded over the past 30 years, offering insight into its conceptualization, measurement, causes, and consequences. This pre-conference will bring together young investigators and world experts to share recent theory and findings. We will feature talks from advanced researchers, data blitzes and a poster session from young investigators, and a mentoring lunch to promote discussion between senior and junior attendees. In selecting speakers, we will strive to mix novel theoretical contributions (e.g., whether happiness comes in one or many forms), cutting-edge methodologies (e.g., big data and machine learning techniques), and real-world application (e.g., smaller scale interventions and larger-scale naturalistic field experiments designed to increase well-being). We look forward to another year of highlighting the latest work in this burgeoning field.

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Richard Lucas, Department of Psychology, Michigan State University (Keynote)
Gabriella Harari, Department of Communications, Stanford University
Samantha Heintzelman, Department of Psychology, University of Virginia
Disa Sauter, Department of Psychology, University of Amsterdam
Juliana Schroeder, Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley
William Tov, Department of Psychology, Singapore Management University
Piercarlo Valdesolo, Department of Psychology, Claremont McKenna College

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Call for Submissions:

Emerging scholars (graduate students, post-docs, and those within 5 years of receiving their Ph.D.) are encouraged to submit an abstract not to exceed 250 words for consideration as a poster or a data-blitz talk not to exceed 5 minutes. Submissions should be emailed to happinessandwellbeingspsp@gmail.com) and must be submitted by November 15th, 2017. In your submission, please include the following:

  1. Title of your talk/poster
  2. Names of all authors.
  3. Contact information & current title/position of the presenting author.
  4. Abstract of no more than 250 words. This abstract should include explicit mention of (a) total number of studies; (b) total sample size; and (c) brief rationale for the sample size.
  5. Type of submission: poster or data blitz talk. If you are submitting a data-blitz talk, please specify whether you are willing to present your submission in the form of a poster.
  6. Specify whether you have limited funding for conference travel.

All presenters will be considered for one of three complimentary conference registrations. Awardees will be selected based on the quality of their submissions, but priority will be given to applicants who indicate that the have limited funding.

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Aaron Weidman, Department of Psychology, University of Michigan
Ashley Whillans, Negotiaions, Organizations and Markets Unit, Harvard Business School

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