Affective Science Special Issue on Affect and Social Media: Call for Papers


Eva Telzer and Mitch Prinstein, Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.

Theme of the Special Issue:

This special issue will focus on the role of affect and social media, broadly defined. With the proliferation of social media sites in recent years, use of social media has become nearly ubiquitous. This topic is sorely under-represented in emotion journals, especially given the important role of social media in the lives of contemporary adolescents and adults. The field is in need of empirical articles and reviews that unify this multidisciplinary s0cholarship, synthesizes and critiques research to date, and provides a roadmap for future research efforts in this area. Our goal is to provide a nuanced perspective on the role of social media in the daily emotional experiences of children, adolescents, and adults, including both positive and negative aspects of use, as well as a consideration of how, why, and for whom social media may lead to positive or negative emotional experiences.

The goals of this special issue are to showcase novel theoretical ideas and empirical evidence on the interactions between emotional processes and social media across a range of (inter)disciplinary areas. We invite submissions from multiple disciplines, including – but not limited to – psychology (social, developmental, cultural, cognitive, etc.), sociology, communication science, computer science, and neuroscience. We are especially interested in research on social media use within marginalized and underrepresented populations.  In addition, we are interested in studies that examine specific social media behaviors, functions, and content as research demonstrates these factors may be more important than “screen time” overall. At Affective Science, affective processes are broadly construed, and include emotion, mood, stress, motivation, reward processes, and affective evaluations. This call is directed at empirical articles, but theoretical articles may be considered in exceptional cases.

  • Specifications for the research article: limit to 2,000 words (including all introductory and discussion material in the main text, any footnotes, and acknowledgements). Abstract to be no longer than 150 words. Method and Results have no word limits. There are no limits on figures, tables, or references.
  • Specifications for the brief report: limit to 750 words (including all introductory and discussion material in the main text, any footnotes, and acknowledgements). Abstract to be no longer than 150 words. Method and Results have no word limits. Maximum of two figures or tables and 20 references.
  • Specifications for the theoretical article: limit to 4,000 words (including all main text, any footnotes, and acknowledgements). Abstract to be no longer than 150 words. They are no limits on figures, tables, or references.
  • Supplemental materials/results may be submitted with the article and will be part of the review process. We will not publish supplemental material that is un-reviewed (SOM-U).

Proposals are due by May 1, 2023. Authors who will be invited to submit a full article will be notified by June 1st. Full manuscripts will be due by December 1, 2023, with the plan to finalize the special issue by mid-2024.

Proposals should be one-page double spaced. For research articles a description of the question, participants, design, methods, and results are required. Data collection must be completed and data must be fully analysed at the time of submission. For theoretical articles, include a synopsis of the major themes of the paper.  Proposals can be submitted through . Any questions can be directed to Eva Telzer () or Mitch Prinstein ()

President Elect Voting Open

On behalf of the SAS Executive Committee, we are pleased to announce that we have identified two outstanding candidates to run for the open leadership position of President-Elect of SAS. You may read about each candidate’s past experiences in affective science and SAS here, alongside their visions for our Society’s future. SAS members will be invited in an upcoming email to cast their vote. As an expression of our collective gratitude for these candidates’ willingness to volunteer their time and energy toward the continued growth and improvement of our Society, we encourage all members to vote.

*Please note that voting opens on Wednesday, March 1 and closes on Wednesday, March 15, 2023 at 5:00pm EDT.


Elaine Fox, SAS Past-President 2021-2022

Barbara L. Fredrickson, SAS Past-President 2020-2021


President Elect Voting Open!

On behalf of the SAS Executive Committee, we are pleased to announce that we have identified two outstanding candidates to run for the open leadership position of President-Elect of SAS. You may read about each candidate’s past experiences in affective science and SAS here, alongside their visions for our Society’s future. SAS members will be invited in an upcoming email to cast their vote. As an expression of our collective gratitude for these candidates’ willingness to volunteer their time and energy toward the continued growth and improvement of our Society, we encourage all members to vote.

*Please note that voting closes on March 18th, 2022 at 5:00pm EDT.


Barbara L. Fredrickson, SAS Past-President 2021-2022
Paula Niedenthal, SAS Past-President, 2020-2021

Society for Affective Science Announcement: Two New Awards for 2022

The SAS Executive Committee would like to announce the establishment of two additional awards from the Society.  These include:

Integrative Affective Science Award.  This honor recognizes individuals or teams at any career stage for innovative advances in affective science that build on interdisciplinary collaborations or the scientific fusion of perspectives and methods across disciplines or subdisciplines.

Mentorship Award. This honor recognizes individuals at any career stage who have demonstrated sustained commitment to the professional and intellectual development of students and early-career researchers.

Award nominations are now open and and will close December 6th, 2021. For more information please click [here]

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 .

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, .