Please submit poster abstracts (max. 200 words) to email@example.com until October 13 at the latest.
We have space for only about 20 posters.
Early personality psychologists such as Gordon Allport have stressed the importance of dynamics, processes, and functioning going on within the person. However, interest in those aspects of personality psychology seemed to have waned in favor of strictly nomothetically oriented, structural approaches focusing on the organization of traits across persons. In the last 15 years, personality psychology has made major leaps from such descriptive research (How can individual differences be described? Which trait structures are there?) to a more explanatory and dynamic science of personality (Which processes underlie traits? How and why do traits manifest? How does personality “function” in different contexts?), thus bridging structure- and process-based approaches to personality.
Currently, personality psychologists are growing more and more interested in the dynamic organization and interplay of thoughts, feelings, desires, and actions within persons who are always embedded into social, cultural, and historic contexts. “Hot topics” include (but are not limited to):
These topics are studied with a range of methods which are geared towards assessing and analyzing their dynamic nature, such as (but not limited to) ecological momentary sampling of personality manifestations in real-life; dynamic modeling of time-series or longitudinal personality data; network modeling and simulations; and systems-theoretical models of dynamic processes. Although the topics and methods seem varied, they are tied together by the motivation for a more dynamic understanding of personality and individual differences.
The pre-conference is supposed to bring together experts and novices interested in a dynamic and process-focused science of personality. It is timely to convene in a pre-conference as interest in dynamic personality psychology is growing, with special issues and handbooks dedicated to the topics. Most recent examples include a target article on “Integrating Personality Structure, Personality Process, and Personality Development” by Baumert and colleagues in the European Journal of Personality (with several commentaries and a rejoinder); a special issue on “Within-Person Variability” in the Journal of Research in Personality, edited by Vazire and Sherman; a special issue on “Dynamic Personality Psychology” in the Journal Personality and Individual Differences, edited by Rauthmann, Beckmann, Noftle, and Sherman; and a Handbook of Personality Dynamics and Processes, edited by Rauthmann.
We have four symposia (each 90 minutes) planned, with four to five presentations in each of them. The first two symposia are about substantive research areas, the third deals with methodological and statistical issues when studying personality dynamics, and the fourth combines a substantive and methodological perspective.
Dynamics of Personality Change and Growth
Chairs: Jayawickreme & Noftle
Features talks that look at personality dynamics and processes across the lifespan, especially as they pertain to systematic ways of personality change and growth (e.g., following adversity)
Processes and Dynamics of Personality-Situation Transactions
Chairs: Rauthmann & Sherman
Features talks that examine how transactions between persons and situations or environments can explain personality variability and stability
Methodologies for Studying Personality Dynamics and Processes
Features talks that detail state-of-the-art and advances in methodologies (e.g., designs, methods, statistics) of studying personality dynamics, processes, and functioning.
Extreme Groups as a Key to Understanding Personality Dynamics and Functioning
Chair: Fleeson & Wright
Features talks on personality psychopathology and exceptional morality that demonstrate how extreme groups yield unique insights for “normal” personality dynamics in a more concentrated and more effective way
Save $25 when you register for both convention and preconference together!
Registration for preconferences is limited and fills quickly.
Registration is now open and will not reopen once this preconference fills.
We have a 60-minute poster session planned, from 02:00 to 03:00pm. There are ten 4’ by 6’ double-sided poster boards available (and each board can accommodate two full-sized posters at a time). This means we will have space for a maximum of 20 posters. Open calls for posters will go around shortly.
8:00-9:30 AM: Symposium 1
9:30-9:45 AM: Break
9:45-11:15 AM: Symposium 2
11:15 AM-12:20 PM: Lunch Break
12:30-2:00 PM: Symposium 3
2:00-3:00PM: Break and Posters
3:00-4:30PM: Symposium 4
This time schedule is tentative and can be changed depending on the time requirements and plans of SPSP.