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Location:  Oregon 201  |  Thursday, February 7  |  8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

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The SPSP Emotion Preconference is for psychologists interested in affective science and has been held every year since 2006. Last year’s Emotion Preconference registered 140+ attendees. This year's program focuses on showcasing new methods and data, and will include submitted short talks and a poster session. Dr. Lisa Feldman Barrett will give the keynote address.


Dr. Lisa Feldman BarrettNortheastern University
Dr. Gerald Clore, University of Virginia
Dr. Brett Q. FordUniversity of Toronto
Dr. David Reinhard, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Dr. Michelle "Lani" Shiota, Arizona State University
Dr. José Soto, The Pennsylvania State University
Dr. Diana TamirPrinceton University 
Dr. Renee ThompsonWashington University in St. Louis
Dr. Janet TomiyamaUniversity of California, Los Angeles
Dr. Tessa WestNew York University

And more TBA!


9:00 - 10:20am    Session A

Diana Tamir, Princeton University

                    “How our brain uses emotions to predicts others' actions”

Joshua Conrad Jackson, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

                    “Variable and universal aspects of human emotion across 1156 languages”

Janet Tomiyama, University of California, Los Angeles

               "Emotional and health consequences of weight stigma"

Tessa West, New York University


10:35 - 11:40am    Session B                                                                               

Jennifer MacCormack, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

                    “(De)constructing stress: Sympathetic blockade effects on psychophysiology and emotion during acute stress”

Michelle “Lani” Shiota & Makenzie O’Neil, Arizona State University

                    “Facial expression response to intense cuteness: Prototype display and recognition”

Brett Ford, University of Toronto

                    “Managing the daily stress of politics: The trade-offs of emotion regulation”

Erkin Asutay, Linkoping University

                    “Fluctuations in affect reflect dynamical information integration modulated by uncertainty, stimulus relevance, and prior affect”

11:40 - 1:10pm    Lunch and Poster Session

1:10 - 2:30pm    Session C                                                                               

Sam Skowronek, University of Pennsylvania

                    “Reevaluating the role of a moral emotion: The prospect and experience of embarrassment promote antisocial behavior”

Renee Thompson, Washington University in St. Louis

                    “Everyday emotional experiences of individuals with Major Depressive Disorder

Jose Soto, Penn State University

                    “Contextual influences on emotion”

Meghan Meyer, Dartmouth College

                    “Loneliness is associated with self-other representational dissimilarity in medial prefrontal cortex”

Katie Greenaway, University of Melbourne

                    “Emotion regulation knowledge”

2:45 - 3:25pm    Session D

Gerald Clore, University of Virginia, & David Reinhard, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

                    "Emotional Intensity: It’s the thought that counts"

Megan Speer, Rutgers University

                    “The social value of positive autobiographical memory retrieval”

3:30    Poster Award Announcement

3:35 - 4:30pm    Keynote Address

Lisa Feldman Barrett, Northeastern University

                    “From essences to predictions: A brain-based understanding of emotion”


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Talk and Poster Submissions:

Talk and poster abstracts are due by November 12, 2018, and decisions will be emailed out by December 1st. The abstract submission portal is available at this link. There is no fee for submitting an abstract. You are welcome to submit an abstract prior to registering for the preconference, but all poster and talk presenters will need to register for the preconference. (We are unable to hold slots for presenters, so please plan to register shortly after decisions are delivered.) 

Most abstracts will be selected for poster presentations, while a small number of top-rated abstracts will be selected for 6 or 10 minute talks. On the abstract submission page, you can indicate whether you would like your abstract to be considered for a poster and/or talk. We encourage trainees and faculty to submit abstracts!


Christopher OveisUniversity of California, San Diego
Keely MuscatellUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Maria GendronYale University


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