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The SPSP Evolutionary Psychology (EP) Preconference, in its 16th year, provides a forum for discussing cutting-edge research examining how social psychological processes have been shaped by recurring social and reproductive challenges humans faced over evolutionary history. Regularly among the top-attended preconferences at SPSP, the EP Preconference attracts established researchers, new investigators, and graduate students from universities around the world. The EP Preconference hosts invited speakers to present full-length research talks, and allows abstract submissions for data blitz and poster presentations for scholars at all levels. The presented research covers a broad range of topics, including: romantic relationships, decision-making, psychopathology, aggression and cooperation, social cognition, and personality. The EP Preconference fosters collaboration between researchers from various domains of social, personality, and developmental psychology. This preconference provides an optimal forum for introducing scholars—students and faculty—to how evolutionary theory can be applied to further our understanding of human psychology and behavior.

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Athena Aktipis, Arizona State University
Brian Boutwell, Saint Louis University
David Buss, University of Texas at Austin
Debra Lieberman, University of Miami
David Pietraszewski, Max Planck Institute for Human Development
Keelah Williams, Hamilton College

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Registration for the Evolutionary Psychology Preconference will be through the SPSP Meeting website

 Important registration information: 

  • Registration will open on September 1st, and once full will not reopen
  • Registration for the Evolutionary Psychology Preconference is limited and fills quickly--please register early!
  • Preconference registration ($95 without discount codes, see below) includes breakfast, lunch, and coffee. 
  • Registration for the preconference is independent from registration for the main SPSP conference.

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Thanks to the Human Behavior and Evolution Society, we are happy to announce that we will offer discounted registration for undergraduate and graduate students ($20), and post-doc and faculty ($10). Please enter PREvoStu20 (students) or 18EvoAll10 (post-doc and faculty) in the promo code area at check-out.Convention themed horizontal bar

Data Blitz & Poster Submissions

The organizing committee invites authors to submit their research for presentation at the 16th annual Evolutionary Psychology Preconference. This year we will be accepting abstract submissions for both a data blitz talks and poster presentations! The data blitz and poster session are an excellent opportunity for researchers to present new findings and get feedback from our community.

Each data blitz presenter will have 5 minutes to present 3-4 slides on their research and will also have time to answer 1 brief audience question.

Each poster presenter will have a poster board to attach their presentation to while they mingle with attendees.

Abstracts must be submitted by Friday, December 8th, 2017. Authors should indicate their preference for data blitz or poster presentation. First authors will be notified of the status of their submission via email by January 5th, 2018.

Guidelines for abstract submissions and a link to the submission portal are available on our website.

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Nicole BarbaroOakland University
Eric PedersenUniversity of Miami

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