Location: Oregon 202 | Thursday, February 7 | 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
The Close Relationships Pre-Conference 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. This year’s lineup will feature a series of dynamic speakers (each with time for discussion), including a talk by the winner of the Caryl E. Rusbult Early Career Award. The data blitz will allow researchers at any stage to present their hottest new findings to the group in 3 short minutes (typically ~10-12 presenters; often young investigators). We will also present the graduate student research paper award, and we are planning an interactive special session at the end of the day. We expect another exciting meeting, and look forward to seeing you there!
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.
8:45-9:00am: Welcome and Announcements
9:00-10:05am: Caryl E. Rusbult Early Career Award Address
Amy Muise, York University
"Keeping the sexual spark alive in relationships"
- Twitter: @AmyMuise
10:05-10:45am: William Chopik, Michigan State University
"Friendship relationships across the lifespan and around the world: Mechanisms linking relationship quality to well-being, health, and mortality"
- Twitter: Chops310
10:45-11:00am: Coffee Break
11:00-11:20am: Data Blitz # 1
11:20-12:00: Karen Fingerman, University of Texas at Austin
"That sweet old lady: Socioemotional development across adulthood"
12:00-1:15pm: Lunch (optional discussion tables TBA)
1:15-1:55pm: Gurit Birnbaum, Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya
“What binds us together: The role of sex in relationship formation and maintenance”
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1:55-2:10pm: Graduate Student Paper Award Talk
Katherine Zee, Columbia University
"Motivation moderates the effects of social support visibility"
2:10-2:30pm: Data Blitz # 2
2:30-2:45pm: Coffee Break
2:45-4:30pm: Special Session: Theory development and steps toward cohesive theory-building in relationship science
Brooke Feeney, Carnegie Mellon University
"A theoretical perspective on thriving through relationships"
Gráinne Fitzsimons, Fuqua School of Business, Duke University
"Transactive goal dynamics theory"
Benjamin Karney, University of California, Los Angeles
"How to use the vulnerability-stress-adaptation model"
Edward Orehek, University of Pittsburgh
"A people-as-means theoretical perspective on interpersonal relationships"
Discussion moderator: Paula Pietromonaco, University of Massachusetts
After the preconference, we invite you to join us for continued conversation and refreshments at the SPSP Opening Reception (4:30-6:30pm in Exhibit Hall A)
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Early Career Award:
The Relationship Researchers Interest Group (RRIG) within the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP) presents an annual award to a new investigator who has made original and important contributions to relationship science. The recipient of this award will be invited to give an award address at the 2019 SPSP Close Relationships Preconference.
Eligibility: The primary selection criterion is an outstanding record of original research in the general area of close relationships. Because this award recognizes a new investigator, nominees will typically have received their Ph.D. within the past 8 years (i.e., 2010 or later).
Submission materials: To be considered for this award, please send the following: (1) A 1-2 page letter that provides a summary of your major research contributions and a brief description of the general topic that you would likely present in your address at the Preconference. (2) A recent CV. (3) PDF files of 2 representative publications. (4) A letter of recommendation from a scholar in the close relationships field who is familiar with your work. (S/he can send the letter separately.)
Please create one PDF file with all of your materials (excluding the recommendation, which can be sent separately), and email the file to Ximena Arriaga, chair of the 2019 RRIG Early Career Award Committee, at email@example.com. Please enter RRIG NOMINATION in the email subject line. The deadline for nominations is August 31, 2018. The award recipient will be notified in October.
Graduate Student Research Paper Award:
The Relationship Researchers Interest Group (RRIG) within the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP) presents an annual award to a graduate student who has published an empirical manuscript that makes original and important contributions to relationship science. The recipient of this award will be honored and presented with the award at the 2019 SPSP Close Relationships Preconference.
Eligibility: The primary selection criterion is that the publication must be an outstanding empirical contribution in the general area of close relationships. The graduate student must have been first author on the publication, it must have been published within the past year (that is, official acceptance for publication or in print between September 1, 2017, and September, 1, 2018), and the nominee must be a current graduate student. A paper may be submitted for consideration only once.
Submission materials: To be considered for this award, please send the following: (1) The empirical manuscript. (2) A brief statement of how this work contributes to the broader literature in close relationships more generally. (3) If not obvious from the manuscript, evidence that it meets award criteria (i.e., that the first author was and is a graduate student, time of publication). Self-nominations will be accepted.
Please create one PDF file with all of your materials, and email the file to Jim McNulty, chair of the 2019 RRIG Graduate Student Research Award Committee, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include RRIG NOMINATION in the email subject line. The deadline for nominations is August 31, 2018. The award recipient will be notified in November.
Data Blitz Talks:
The Relationship Researchers Interest Group (RRIG) within the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP) is seeking submissions for the datablitz that will take place during the 2019 SPSP Close Relationships Preconference.Datablitz submissions are competitive, and each speaker will have 3 minutes to present their findings.
Eligibility: People at all career stages are encouraged to apply.
Submission materials: Send a title, list of authors and affiliations, and an abstract (maximum 250 words) describing the study goal, methods, and results to Amanda Forest, chair of the datablitz committee at email@example.com. Please include RRIG DATABLITZ in the email subject line. The deadline for submissions is October 31, 2018. Datablitz decisions will be announced in early December.