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Pre-Conferences and Workshops

The following sessions are being offered on Thursday, March 17, prior to the start of the Annual Conference.  Register for your choice on the registration form.
Thursday, March 17, 2016
9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Positive Emotions
Session Chair: Sara Algoe, PhD
Emotions and Social Interactions Laboratory, Department of Psychology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC
 The 3rd Annual Positive Emotions Pre-Conference will feature state-of-the-science research on positive emotions. The past two years have been a resounding success, with researcher attendees who span scientific disciplines and career status. In addition to invited talks by leading researchers in this domain, there is plenty of time for discussion and incubation of ideas for collaboration. A key feature of the day is the Flash Talk format: researchers are invited to submit their latest and greatest findings to be considered for the opportunity to give a five-minute talk to this audience (deadline is February 5, 2016). Flash talk speakers span career status from faculty to graduate students. We are eager to hear what you have been up to!
Registration fee:
Faculty:  $100
Student: $70
Invited Speakers:

Ayelet Fishbach, PhD
Jeffrey Breakenridge Keller Professor of Behavioral Science and Marketing, Booth School of Business, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Barbara Fredrickson, PhD 
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC

Batja Mesquita, PhD
Professor and Director, Center for Social and Cultural Psychology, KU Leuven, Belgium

Christopher Oveis, PhD
Rady School of Management, University of California at San Diego, La Jolla, CA
Sylvia Morelli, PhD
Assistant Professor of Psychology, University of Illinois at Chicago and Director of the Empathy and Social Connection Lab, Chicago, IL
Anthony D. Ong, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Human Development, Cornell University and Associate Professor of Gerontology in Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College, Ithaca, NY
Christian Waugh, PhD
Assistant Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychology, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC
Click here to view the Pre-Conference schedule.
Click here to view the Positive Emotions Flash Talk presentation list.
9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Pre-Conference Workshop
Brain Camp
Session Chair: Lisa Feldman Barrett, PhD
University Distinguished Professor, Department of Psychology, Northeastern University, Boston, MA
Registration Fee:
Faculty: $125
Students: $95
In the Brain Camp Pre-Conference Workshop, we will cover recent discoveries about the structure and function of the human brain, situated in its evolutionary context.  We will begin with basic concepts of brain structure (e.g., small world architecture with rich club hubs, the cytoarchitecture of the cortical sheet, etc.) and examine how these anatomical details provide new insights into how the brain creates the mind using active inference/predictive coding theories of brain function.  We will learn just what kinds of human minds a human brain can and cannot create, providing clear and somewhat surprising constraints on which affective science theories are viable, and which are not. Using a modern evolutionary perspective, we will explore how our brains are similar to and different from other animal brains, providing insights on just which psychological processes we share with other animals, and which are unique to our species.  We will also focus on the ways in which this new perspective is generative and opens up new avenues of investigation into the role of affect in a variety of phenomena, and more generally, how the human mind works.  This Pre-Conference Workshop will be useful to anyone who reads the neuroscience literature or conducts neuroscience research.  It is suitable both for beginners and for those with more advanced knowledge of brain imaging.