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Economic inequality and the socioeconomic disparities that come with it now feature heavily in social and political debate. In recent years, psychologists have joined other social scientists in trying to understand the contours of this pressing issue––asking questions about how record levels of economic inequality and mounting divisions between social class groups shape attitudes and behavior. This preconference will highlight current research and topics surrounding the psychological impact of economic inequality and socioeconomic status, and identify viable interventions to mitigate inequality’s downstream effects. 

The preconference will highlight inequality and social class as a flourishing domain of social-personality psychology and is organized around three core themes: (1) What are the psychological roots of inequality? (2) What are current pressing questions and research challenges in the psychological study of social class and inequality? and (3) What psychological interventions can reduce social inequality?

Confirmed Featured Speakers and Discussants:

Dacher Keltner (Keynote Address)
Professor of Psychology
University of California, Berkeley

Lara Aknin
Professor of Psychology
Simon Fraser University

Peter Blake
Professor of Psychology and Brain Sciences
Boston University

Jean-Claude Croizet
Professor of Psychology
University of Poitiers

Stéphane Côté
Professor of Organizational Behavior
Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto

W. Keith Payne
Professor of Psychology
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Flash Talks

The conference will also feature *Flash* Talks highlighting the emerging work of junior scholars! Apply by clicking here.

The Psychology of Inequality and Social Class preconference at #SPSP2018 will feature brief flash talks. The talks will be 10 minutes in length (including one audience question) and must be broadly related to the psychological study of inequality and social class. Applicants for the flash talks must be junior scholars--defined here as graduate students or those within 3 years of PhD. To apply, please submit an abstract describing the theory, methods, results, and conclusions of your original research. The abstract must not exceed 250 words. The submission must also include a talk title, author name(s) and affiliations, and contact information (e.g., email address) of the presenting author. Applications are due by midnight PST on October 15th, 2017. Presenters chosen for flash talks must also register for the Psychology of Inequality and Social Class preconference. Decisions about flash talks will be made by November 8th, 2017.

We look forward to seeing you in Atlanta!


Jennifer Sheehy-Skeffington, London School of Economics and Political Science
Michael Kraus, Yale University
Paul Piff, UC Irvine

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