The Society for Affective Science Mission Statement

The Society for Affective Science is a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering basic and applied research in the variety of fields that study affect broadly defined. To achieve this goal, we hold conferences annually to showcase research drawn internationally from psychology, medicine, neuroscience, computer science, law, economics, anthropology, linguistics, sociology, business, political science and other related fields.  Particular attention is paid to creating contexts in which (a) scholars at all stages of professional development can interact in both formal and informal ways, (b) differences in theoretical perspectives and methodologies are welcome, and (c) interdisciplinary and international collaborations are fostered. The new journal, Affective Science, has been launched in service of these aims. Eventually, additional society activities are list serve, local conferences, and collaborative web resources. Our guiding premise is that a shared interest in the wellsprings of human and non-human affective phenomena (including emotions, moods, and other motivated states) transcends traditional disciplinary differences in emphasis and focus, and that collaborations across disciplinary and national boundaries will accelerate scientific discoveries in a range of topics and fields.

Value Statement

The Society for Affective Science is committed to promoting inclusion and diversity throughout its membership. We believe that these principles are essential to the Society’s overall mission of fostering interdisciplinary collaboration across multiple fields of research as well as different backgrounds and stages of professional development. We are dedicated to the following values:

  • Maintaining a welcoming environment for all members of the Society.
  • Leading and supporting initiatives that are dedicated to improving the representation of groups typically underrepresented in science.
  • Promoting policies and practices within the Society that are consistent with these values.