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

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NEW! We are excited to announce that this year’s conference will feature sponsored awards! See below for details, and check back for updates on other potential funding opportunities.

Existential psychology—or “XP” for short—is a growing research area that examines critical issues of “being” and “becoming” in the study of human nature and social life.

Building on cross-disciplinary theoretical foundations, XP has enabled researchers to empirically test bold ideas about how and why people do what they do. In this way, it has deepened our understanding of a wide range of social phenomena, from prejudice and aggression to self-determination and creativity. XP wrestles with the core dynamics shaping our lives, including: freedom and control; social connection and isolation; death awareness; the quest for meaning and purpose in life; the pursuit of identity and the struggle for authenticity.

To synthesize and further stimulate these developments, this preconference—the first of its kind at SPSP—will cover existential psychology’s core themes and questions, present highlights from over 30 years of research, and sketch a bold vision for expanding XP’s theoretical scope and further applying it to improve personal and collective well-being.

Both eminent and rising scholars will present their work in a stimulating variety of formats, including a keynote address, poster session, a data-blitz session, and full research talks. There will also be plenty of opportunity for informal discussion and networking.

Below, you will find information about programming, submissions, awards, and registration.

We welcome you to attend!

Speakers:

Tom Pyszczynski headshot
Keynote
Tom Pyszczynski

University of Colorado at Colorado Springs

Richard Ryan headshot
Special Address
Richard M. Ryan

Australian Catholic University

Mario Mikulincer headshot
Mario Mikulincer
Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya
Sheena Iyengar headshot
Sheena Iyengar
Columbia University
Rebecca Schlegel headshot
Rebecca Schlegel
Texas A&M University
Julie Exline headshot
Julie Exline
Case Western Reserve
Aaron Kay headshot
Aaron Kay
Duke University

 

Submissions:

We encourage you to submit your exciting new research! On this page, you’ll find a preliminary schedule of events. We invite anyone to submit abstracts for the following presentation types: poster session and data blitz. Abstracts can be submitted through the online submission portal (below) between September 1 and October 31, 2018. You will be notified about the status of your submission within a few weeks of the October 31 deadline.

Submissions may deal with critical existential issues involved in such diverse topics as (in no particular order): culture; self and identity; close relationships, love, and attachment; ingroup bias; shared reality; minds and morality; politics; religion; meaning in life; mental and physical health; aging, wisdom, and life narrative; the self in time; nostalgia; humor; choice, judgment, and decision-making; free will, agency, and control; creativity; personal growth and exploration; existential neuroscience; and other topics not listed here.

Submissions for this preconference are now closed.

Data Blitz Session:

A Data Blitz session will feature brief (5 min max) research talks. Come share with us a snapshot of your cool new findings!

Poster Presentations:

A poster session will showcase XP’s wide range of research topics, methods, and applications.

We invite submissions from undergraduates, graduate students, and seasoned researchers alike.

Sponsored Awards:

We are happy to announce the following sponsored awards. To be selected, submit your abstract for posters and/or data blitz and indicate your eligibility for one or more of the following awards.

Ernest Becker Foundation Diversity Travel Award

  • Award amount: $150.00
  • Number of awards: Up to 10 (ten) awards available.
  • Sponsor: Ernest Becker Foundation
  • Eligibility: Preference will be given to members of under-represented groups, to cultivate contributions from individuals across a broad range of age, developmental and acquired disabilities, minority religious perspectives, races and ethnicities, socioeconomic status, sexual orientations, indigenous heritages, national origins, and sex/genders.
  • Note: Recipients of this award may be contacted by the sponsor and asked to prepare a description (e.g., for a news announcement, blog post, audio recording) of how Ernest Becker’s work influenced their research and/or how the Ernest Becker Foundation supported their conference experience.

Cleveland State University Diversity Travel Award

  • Award amount: $150.00
  • Number of awards: Up to 1 (one) award available.
  • Sponsor: Cleveland State University
  • Eligibility: Preference will be given to members of under-represented groups, to cultivate contributions from individuals across a broad range of age, developmental and acquired disabilities, minority religious perspectives, races and ethnicities, socioeconomic status, sexual orientations, indigenous heritages, national origins, and sex/genders.

Worth Publishers/Macmillan Learning Student Travel Award

  • Award amount: $300.00
  • Number of awards: Up to 1 (one) award available.
  • Sponsor: Worth Publishers/Macmillan Learning
  • Eligibility: Must be either an undergraduate or graduate student; preference given to those who submit a presentation.

Routledge Publishers Student Travel Award

  • Award amount: $250.00
  • Number of awards: Up to 1 (one) award available.
  • Sponsor: Routledge Publishers
  • Eligibility: Must be either an undergraduate or graduate student; preference given to those who submit a presentation.

We are excited to have a large and active group of conference participants, and we are especially committed to supporting the attendance and inclusion of diverse students and professional researchers in existential psychological research area.

Sponsors:

Please click below to learn more about this year’s Existential Psychology SPSP Preconference Sponsors:

Ernest Becker Foundation logo

  • The Ernest Becker Foundation explores how death-denial influences human behavior. Learn more at Ernestbecker.org

Cleveland State logo

  • CSU is seeking talented graduate students interested in Existential Psychology or in other research programs. Learn more at CSUohio.edu/gradpsych

Worth Publishers Macmillan Learning logo

  • Worth publishes key titles in social psychology, such as Social Psychology: The Science of Everyday Life (second edition), which integrates core perspectives in social psychology and includes the existential perspective. Learn more at Macmillanlearning.com

Routledge Taylor & Francis Group logo

  • Routledge publishes key titles applying existential psychology perspectives to nostalgia, metaphor and meaning, religion, death-related concerns, freedom and self-determination, identity, and many more. Learn more at Routledge.com

Registration:

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Save $25 when you register for both convention and preconference together!

Registration for preconferences is limited and fills quickly.
Registration is now open and will not reopen once this preconference fills.

Contact:

Kenneth Vail
Mark Landau

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