What is happiness, what causes it, and what benefits does it confer for people and society? Although philosophers have pondered these questions for centuries, the scientific study of happiness has exploded over the past 30 years, offering insight into its conceptualization, measurement, causes, and consequences. This pre-conference will bring together young investigators and world experts to share recent theory and findings. We will feature talks from advanced researchers, data blitzes and a poster session from young investigators, and a mentoring lunch to promote discussion between senior and junior attendees. In selecting speakers, we will strive to mix novel theoretical contributions (e.g., whether happiness comes in one or many forms), cutting-edge methodologies (e.g., big data and machine learning techniques), and real-world application (e.g., smaller scale interventions and larger-scale naturalistic field experiments designed to increase well-being). We look forward to another year of highlighting the latest work in this burgeoning field.
Richard Lucas, Department of Psychology, Michigan State University (Keynote)
Gabriella Harari, Department of Communications, Stanford University
Samantha Heintzelman, Department of Psychology, University of Virginia
Disa Sauter, Department of Psychology, University of Amsterdam
Juliana Schroeder, Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley
William Tov, Department of Psychology, Singapore Management University
Piercarlo Valdesolo, Department of Psychology, Claremont McKenna College
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Emerging scholars (graduate students, post-docs, and those within 5 years of receiving their Ph.D.) are encouraged to submit an abstract not to exceed 250 words for consideration as a poster or a data-blitz talk not to exceed 5 minutes. Submissions should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org) and must be submitted by November 15th, 2017. In your submission, please include the following:
All presenters will be considered for one of three complimentary conference registrations. Awardees will be selected based on the quality of their submissions, but priority will be given to applicants who indicate that the have limited funding.
8:00-9:00am: Continental Breakfast
9:00-10:00am: Happiness in Everyday Life
-William Tov, The Emotional Contours of Daily Satisfaction & Meaning Within and Between Persons
-Gabriella Harari, Using Smartphones to Understand Well-Being in Daily Life
10:00-10:15am: Coffee Break
10:15-10:45am: Data Blitz
10:45-11:00am: Coffee Break
11:00am-12:00pm: Distinct Positive Emotions
-Disa Sauter, Non-Verbal Expressions of Positive Emotions
-Piercarlo Valdesolo, Awe & Order
12:00-1:00pm: Lunch (with mentor-hosted themed tables)
1:00-1:30pm: Increasing Happiness I
-Juliana Shroeder, Addressing the Loneliness Epidemic: How Minimal Social Interactions Can Affect Well-Being
1:30-2:45pm: Poster Session (with Coffee Break)
2:45-3:15pm: Increasing Happiness II
-Samantha Heintzelman, ENHANCE: Evidence for the Efficacy of a Comprehensive Intervention Program To Promote Durable Changes in Subjective Well-Being
3:15-3:30pm: Coffee Break
3:30pm - 4:30pm: Keynote
-Richard Lucas, Happiness Research During the Reproducibility Crisis