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 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 schedule, submissions, awards, and registration.
We welcome you to attend!
We are excited to announce that this year's conference will again feature sponsored awards—details coming soon!
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 November 15, 2019. You will be notified about the status of your submission within a few weeks of the November 15 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.
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.
Submissions will be collected September 1st through November 15th. Please select the correct preconference at the top of the submission form and fill out all required fields. Check back here soon for the link to the submission portal.
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.
To be selected, submit your abstract for posters and/or data blitz and indicate your eligibility for one or more of the following awards. Check back soon for details about sponsored travel awards and diversity/inclusion travel awards.