Location: TBA | Thursday, February 7 | 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
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
Save $25 when you register for both convention and preconference together!
Registration capacity is capped at 106 attendees, so we encourage you to register quickly.
Registration is now open and will not reopen once this preconference fills.
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 email@example.com) and must be submitted by November 1st, 2018. In your submission, please include the following:
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
8:00-9:00AM: Continental Breakfast
9:00-10:00AM: New Methods to Extract and Understand Happiness
10:00-10:15AM: Coffee Break
10:15-10:45AM: Data Blitz
10:45-11:00AM: Coffee Break
11:00AM-12:00PM: Positive Emotions
12:00-1:00PM: Lunch (with mentor-hosted themed tables)
1:00-2:00PM: Happiness Research Outside of the Academy
-Acacia Parks and Allison Williams
2:00-3:15PM: Poster Session (with Coffee Break)
3:15-3:30PM: Coffee Break
3:30pm - 4:30PM: Keynote