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Location: C124 |  Thursday, February 7  |  8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

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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 will also hear from academics working in both traditional contexts (e.g., universities) and non-traditional contexts (e.g., start-ups, consulting). We look forward to another year of highlighting the latest work in this burgeoning field and its application to the real-world.


Ed Diener (keynote), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The science of well-being and our ENHANCE program to raise it

Sandra Matz, Columbia Business School

Money buys happiness when spending fits our personality

George Ward, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Happiness and productivity: Longitudinal evidence from call center workers

Paula Niedenthal, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Heterogeneity of long history migration and cultures of emotion

Jennifer Stellar, University of Toronto

The benefits of self-transcendent emotions: Reducing self-focus and increasing other-focus

Robert Biswas-Diener, Noba

Modern happiness science: The changing role of publishing and social media in the professional lives of researchers

Acacia Parks and Allison Williams, Happify

From publication to practice: How to build a successful industry career from the building blocks of happiness science



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Call for Submissions:

Emerging scholars (graduate students, post-docs, and those within 5 years of receiving their Ph.D.) are encouraged to submit an abstract of 150 words or less for consideration as a poster or a data-blitz talk (5 minutes). Submissions should be emailed to happinessandwellbeingspsp@gmail.com) and must be submitted by November 1st, 2018. In your submission, please include the following: 

  1. Title of your talk/poster
  2. Names of all authors.
  3. Contact information & current title/position of the presenting author.
  4. Abstract of 150 words or less. This abstract should include explicit mention of (a) total number of studies; (b) total sample size; and (c) brief rationale for the sample size/statistical power.
  5. Type of submission: poster or data blitz talk. If you are submitting a data-blitz talk, please specify whether you are willing to present your submission in the form of a poster.
  6. Specify whether you have limited funding for conference travel.

All presenters will be considered for one of two complimentary conference registrations. Awardees will be selected based on the quality of their submissions, but priority will be given to early career applicants who indicate that the have limited funding.

We look forward to seeing you in Portland!

Aaron Weidman and Ashley Whillans


Aaron WeidmanDepartment of Psychology, University of Michigan
Ashley WhillansNegotiations, Organizations and Markets Unit, Harvard Business School


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