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

For more updates, watch our website and follow us on Twitter (@affectScience)!


Announcement for the ISRE Conference

SAS Members may be interested in the following conference announcement:

ISRE 2022 In-Person: Hold the Date!

We are happy to announce that the International Society for Research on Emotion (ISRE) conference will
take place in-person on the 15-18th of July 2022 at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles

The ISRE conference is an exciting opportunity to meet international colleagues, present your work, and
to stay up-to-date with the latest developments in emotion research. ISRE members study emotions
from a wide range of disciplines including affective computing, anthropology, art and design, education,
history, linguistics, neuroscience, philosophy, psychology and sociology. The ISRE conference 2022 will
include a keynote address by Antonio Damasio (US).

If you would like to contribute to the ISRE conference by presenting your research, submissions will be
opened in the fall of 2021. We invite you to submit an abstract of max. 250 words. Submissions are
welcome from scholars in all relevant disciplines for symposia (of up to four talks and a discussant, or 5
talks), individual talks, and posters. Symposia are encouraged to include more than one discipline to
facilitate cross-disciplinary exchange. Talks will be 15 minutes long. Abstracts should be submitted
online at the ISRE 2022 conference website which will go live later this summer.

Submissions are also encouraged for pre-conferences to take place on the first day of the conference
(July 15th).

We are looking forward to welcoming you in Los Angeles in July 2022!

Jonathan Gratch and Stacy Marsella
Organizers, ISRE 2022 Conference

Affective Science Call for Nominations for Editor(s) in Chief

The Publications Committee of the Society for Affective Science (SAS) is calling for applications for the position of Editor in Chief of the Society’s official journal, Affective Science. The appointment is due to start on 1 August 2022 for a 4 year term and will take over from the founding editors James Gross, Robert Levenson, and Wendy Berry Mendes.

Affective Science is a multidisciplinary journal publishing primarily research articles and brief reports, but also welcomes methods papers, review articles and commentary/opinions. Affective Science covers the field of affective science in a broad manner, encompassing a variety of disciplines, biological and behavioral methodologies, human and non-human animal models, and normal and clinical populations. The journal recognises the central role that affective processes play in the lives of individuals, groups, cultures, and countries, and their profound implications for health and well-being. Affective Science provides a forum for both basic and applied research. Affective Science’s first volume appeared in 2020 and currently publishes 4 issues per year. More information about the journal, including the mission statement and the current editorial board, can be found on the SAS website (link).

The role of Editor in Chief is a rewarding and challenging position that affords opportunities for the incoming editor to leave their own professional mark upon this publication and the field in general. Applications for this role are welcomed from individuals, or from a team wishing to act as Co-Editors in Chief, with a strong track record of research directly relevant to the journal’s mission. Applications are encouraged from members of underrepresented groups in the publication process, and from candidates who actively promote Open Science practices. To diversify the pool of candidates, we also invite nominations for prospective candidates for the position of Editor in Chief. Nominations by others can be submitted via a simple, short form (link). The successful applicant(s) will build on the foundations set by the current editors and demonstrate a passion to drive the journal further forward, lead an interdisciplinary team of Associate Editors and be responsible for editorial oversight and decisions on submissions. Informal queries can be addressed to the current editors (James Gross,; Robert Levenson,; or Wendy Mendes, or to the Publication Committee (c/o Carien van Reekum, Chair,

Applications include a CV and a max 2-page cover letter highlighting past editorial experience, objectives for the journal, strategies for growth and encouraging diversity of all kinds, and approach to maintaining fairness and quality in the review process. Please submit applications by 15 July 2021 to Carien van Reekum, Chair of the SAS Publication Committee,

Congratulations to our new President-Elect!

Maya Tamir, PhD has been elected to serve as 2022-2023 President of the Society of Affective Science. Dr. Tamir is a professor of psychology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She received her PhD in social-personality psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Stanford University.

Dr. Tamir’s research examines how motivated people are to regulate their emotions, and how such motivation affects mental health, social relationships and well-being in individuals, groups and across cultures. Currently, Dr. Tamir serves on the editorial boards of Psychological BulletinEmotion, and the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. She also serves as the co-editor of the Cambridge series on Studies in Emotion and Social Interaction.

As Chair of the Psychology Department at the Hebrew University, Dr. Tamir would like to build on the lessons learned during the challenges faced through the COVID-19 pandemic to broaden the SAS community beyond the US and Europe, and promote a Society for Affective Science which is open, egalitarian and inclusive, which welcomes people from multiple career stages, nations and cultures, backgrounds, disciplines, and perspectives.

The Society for Affective Science is dedicated to fostering basic and applied research in the variety of fields that study affect broadly defined. This goal is achieved through annual virtual and hybrid conferences that showcase research and through the publication of the Society’s journal Affective Science. Particular attention is paid to creating contexts in which scholars at all stages of professional development can interact in both formal and informal ways, differences in theoretical perspectives and methodologies are welcome, and interdisciplinary and international collaborations are fostered.

Preconference Announcement for 2021 SAS

We are excited to announce the two Prefconferences for the upcoming 2021 SAS meeting!

  • TWO new preconferences at 2021 SAS this year.
    • “The Role of Emotions in Intergroup Conflict” organized by Dr. Kiera Hudson
    • “Opening Affective Science at #2021SAS” organized by Dr. Heather Urry and Dr. Sam Parsons
  • Preconference abstract submissions are due 2/15 (but with a rolling deadline thereafter for Opening Affective Science at #2021SAS).
  • Preconference registration is free with membership and registration for the main SAS conference.
  • You can find more information here, including links for abstract submissions:

[Affective Science] Call for Papers: Special Issue on Sleep and Affect

We are excited to announce a Special Issue on Sleep and Affect for our journal, Affective Science. Please read the detailed information about the special issue on the following page:

2021 SAS Call for Abstracts

The Society for Affective Science (SAS) is delighted to announce its call for abstracts to be considered for the 2021 Annual Conference, held in an all-virtual format April 15-30, 2021. Please check out this page for details!

2021 SAS is going virtual!

We’re going virtual! To protect from COVID-19 & due to travel restrictions, our SAS 2021 conference will be fully virtual! Following our successful 2020 virtual event, we’ll deliver a full program of activities including on-demand materials & live interactive events showcasing state-of-the-art science and career development. We’re excited to bring the SAS community together again to celebrate our successes and grow our supportive network. For updates, follow our Twitter account @affectScience.

2020 SAS Virtual Conference Survey

If you haven’t already, please fill out the following post-conference survey [link]. This survey is anonymous, and would only take approximately 5-10 minutes. We would appreciate hearing from you.

Congratulations to our new President and President-Elect!

As of April 24, 2020, the President of the Society for Affective Science is Professor Barbara Fredrickson and the President-Elect is Professor Elaine Fox. SAS looks forward to the strengths and insights Professors Fredrickson and Fox will bring to these leadership roles.