Request for Proposals: Connecting Emotional Well-being Interventions to Health Outcomes

Two research networks funded by the National Institutes of Health are requesting proposals for projects that utilize large scale cohort studies to examine psychological predictors and correlates of health and aging.

The Network for Emotional Well-being: Science, Practice, and Measurement, a collaborative project between UCSF, UC Berkeley, and Harvard, in partnership with the NIA-funded Stress Measurement Network, will support several projects via grant funding of up to $15,000 per project. For the full RFP and application [click here]

New Editors-in-Chief for Affective Science

The Society for Affective Science’s publication committee is pleased to announce that Ralph Adolphs, Linda Camras and Michelle (Lani) Shiota have been selected to serve as incoming Editors in Chief of the Society’s flagship journal, Affective Science. They will take over the role from founding editors Wendy Berry Mendes, James Gross and Robert Levenson on 1 August 2022. The team brings considerable editorial experience from their leadership roles at other top journals such as Psychological Science, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Emotion and Emotion Review. In addition, the new team covers a range of perspectives and scholarship in subfields of psychology and neuroscience. Their diversity in expertise and prior experience puts the new team in an ideal place to serve Affective Science’s mission to publish research from a range of disciplines, perspectives and methods, and to further grow Affective Science in its next phase. 

Call for meta-analysis data: The Undoing Effect of Positive Emotions

We looking for unpublished data/manuscripts regarding the undoing effect of positive emotions for the purpose of a meta-analysis. We are a team of researchers from Adam Mickiewicz University, Stanford University, and University of Amsterdam
Specifically, we are looking for studies with the following characteristics:
Experimental studies that induced positive emotions vs a neutral control following experimentally induced negative emotions or stress.

Autonomous Nervous System recovery was measured during elicitation of positive emotions and during neutral conditions.

If you have any unpublished work on this topic, we would like to include it in our analyses. We would be very grateful if you might either send your study information or data at your earliest convenience (deadline: 15th of October) or contact us with any questions you may have to the following address: .

  • Additionally, we are interested if you know of any additional unpublished or ongoing studies (by yourselves or other authors) that might be relevant. We would also appreciate it if you would forward our request to any researchers in your network that may be doing relevant work in these areas.
  • Please find the list of studies that we identified by the literature search. If you cannot find your papers that can contribute to our meta-analysis on this list, please let us know about your work. There have been relatively few studies published about this phenomenon, thus every contribution is highly appreciated

Best regards,
Maciej Behnke & Łukasz D. Kaczmarek
Adam Mickiewicz University

James J. Gross
Stanford University

Mark Assink
University of Amsterdam

List of identified studies:

  • *Fredrickson, B. L., & Levenson, R. W. (1998). Positive emotions speed recovery from the cardiovascular sequelae of negative emotions. Cognition & Emotion, 12(2), 191–220.
  • *Fredrickson, B. L., Mancuso, R. A., Branigan, C., & Tugade, M. M. (2000). The undoing effect of positive emotions. Motivation and Emotion, 24(4), 237–258.
  • *Gilbert, K. E., Gruber, J., & Nolen-Hoeksema, S. N. (2016). I don’t want to come back down: Undoing versus maintaining of reward recovery in older adolescents. Emotion, 16(2), 214–225.
  • *Hannesdóttir, D. K. (2007). Reduction of fear arousal in young adults with speech anxiety through elicitation of positive emotions (Doctoral dissertation). Retrieved from,
  • *Kaczmarek, K. (2009). Resiliency, stress appraisal, positive affect, and cardiovascular activity. Polish Psychological Bulletin, 40(1), 46–53.
  • *Kaczmarek, L. D., Behnke, M., Kosakowski, M., Enko, J., Dziekan, M., Piskorski, J., … & Guzik, P. (2019). High-approach and low-approach positive affect influence physiological responses to threat and anger. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 138, 27-37.
  • *Medvedev, O., Shepherd, D., & Hautua, M. J. (2015). The restorative potential of soundscapes: A physiological perspective. Applied Acoustics, 96, 20–26.
  • *Qin, Y., Lü, W., Hughes, B. M., & Kaczmarek, L. D. (2019). Trait and state approach-motivated positive affects interactively influence stress cardiovascular recovery. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 146, 261-269.
  • *Radstaak, M., Geurts, S. A., Brosschot, J. F., Cillessen, A. H., & Kompier, M. A. (2011). The role of affect and rumination in cardiovascular recovery from stress. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 81(3), 237-244.
  • *Soenke, M. (2014). The role of positive emotion eliciting activities at promoting physiological recovery from sadness (Doctoral Dissertation). Retrieved from,
  • *Sokhadze, E. M. (2007). Effects of music on the recovery of autonomic and electrocortial activity after stress induced by aversive visual stimuli. Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, 32(1), 31–50.

Link to the pdf version of the call:

SAS 2022 Call for Abstracts

SAS 2022 Call for Abstracts

The Society for Affective Science (SAS) is delighted to announce its call for abstracts to be considered for the 2022 Annual Conference, held in an all-virtual format between March 30th – April 2nd, 2022. This year’s format aims to facilitate international participation and account for schedule adjustments due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic. Note that a longer call with more specific details will be distributed prior to the submission portal opening.

Advancing Interdisciplinary Science

In line with our goal to facilitate interdisciplinarity, we welcome submissions from across the domain of affective science including anthropology, business, computer science, cultural studies, economics, education, geography, history, integrative medicine, law, linguistics, literature, neuroscience, philosophy, political science, psychiatry, psychology, public health, sociology, theater, and more.

Abstract Submissions

IMPORTANT: Abstracts are changing this year!

  • All single presenter submissions (posters and flash talks, described below) will require a 1600-character abstract for evaluation and a brief 400-character summary for the conference program.
  • Symposia submissions will require individual 1600-character abstracts of each talk for evaluation and brief 400-character summaries for the conference program, as well as a single symposium overview abstract of 1600-characters for evaluation and a brief 400-character summary of the session.
  • Note: All character counts include spaces and indicate the maximum length. Detailed abstract submission instructions will be posted to the website soon.
  • Four submission types:
  1. Poster: New Idea – Showcasing a new research idea, complete with planned experimental design(s) and analysis approach(es). Data is not required, but pilot data for proof of concept is welcome. Work already pre-registered in another platform is admissible. New theoretical contributions are also welcome in this category.
  2. Poster: New Results – Showcasing the latest new findings in affective science based on data collected and analyzed. We welcome and encourage preliminary work!
  3. Thematic Flash Talk – Showcasing the latest findings based on data already collected and analyzed or new theoretical contributions in affective science.
  4. Symposium – Set of talks providing an in-depth perspective on individual research areas/topics within affective science. Sessions can be comprised of 3 talks with a discussant or 4 talks. All symposia must be chaired. Submitted symposia will be part of SAS for the first time in 2022!
  • No fee to submit an abstract. The fee structure for conference registration will be announced soon.

We encourage submissions from authors at all career stages.  

Submission Deadline

Abstracts must be submitted by Monday, November 22nd, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. Baker Island Time (BIT; UTC-12 — last time zone on earth) to be considered for inclusion in the program.

Submission Review Process

Abstracts will be evaluated based on scholarly merit by a double-blind peer review process with our Abstract Review Board. Notification of acceptance or rejection of abstracts will be e-mailed to the corresponding author by the end of January 2022. Presenters must be the first author on the submitted abstract. All presenters must register and pay to attend the meeting.


For abstract submissions, please contact the Abstracts Committee Communications Lead, Katherine Aumer at . For any other SAS 2022 conference related questions, please contact the Program Co-Chairs, Stephanie Carpenter at and Maria Gendron at .

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