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The Close Relationships Pre-Conference is organized by the Relationship Researchers Interest Group (RRIG). You can stay in touch with fellow relationship scholars outside of the conference via the RRIG Facebook group.

This preconference brings together cutting edge research and theory in relationship science from across social and personality psychology. We have a rich history of lively conversation, and the day is designed to provoke thought and promote collaboration. We are adding two new features to this year’s preconference. First, we will be hosting 2-3 themed discussion tables for people interested in talking more about relationships science over lunch. If you would like to suggest a table topic, please join the RRIG Facebook group and comment on our existing post. Second, we will be hosting a cash-bar happy hour immediately after the preconference is over (location TBA).

Schedule of Events:

Here is our line-up of events; a final schedule along with talk titles will be posted ASAP:
-Caryl E. Rusbult Early Career Award Address
-Talk by Amy Muise, York University
-Themed discussion tables over lunch
-Graduate student paper award given to recipient
-Datablitz talks (3-5 minute presentations, typically ~10 presenters, often young investigators)
-Talk by Martie Haselton, University of California Los Angeles
-Special session: Integrating content and methodology from other fields into relationship science

  • Lisa Diamond, University of Utah, sexual identities
  • Tristen Inagaki, University of Pittsburg, neuroscience
  • Ethan Kross, University of Michigan, big data via online social networks
  • Matthias Mehl, University of Arizona, ambulatory assessment
  • Art Aron, SUNY at Stonybrook, discussion facilitator

-Happy hour (location TBA)


Lisa JaremkaUniversity of Delaware
Amanda ForestUniversity of Pittsburgh


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