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Program and Abstracts

Click here to download the 2016 SAS Final Program.

Click here to access the abstracts for the thematic flash talks and poster presentations.

For an overview of program highlights in table form, see below.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Time Event

9:00 AM

4:00 PM


Positive Emotions
Chair: Sara Algoe

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!

9:00 AM 4:00 PM

Pre-Conference Workshop
Water Tower

Brain Camp
Session Chair: Lisa Feldman Barrett

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 useful to anyone who reads the neuroscience literature or conducts neuroscience research.  It is suitable both for beginners and for those with more 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 advanced knowledge of brain imaging.

4:30 PM 4:35 PM

Opening Remarks
Regency Ballroom B

Wendy Berry Mendes, President

4:35 PM 6:15 PM

Presidential Symposium
Regency Ballroom B

Chair: Wendy Berry Mendes

Stress, Depression, and Metabolism: What’s Eating You?
      Janice Kiecolt-Glaser, Ohio State University

Does Trait Positive Affect Influence Susceptibility to the Common Cold?
      Sheldon Cohen, Carnegie Mellon University

Feelings in Relation to Health: Are They a Liability, an Asset, or Simply Irrelevant?
      Laura Kubzansky, Harvard University

6:15 PM 6:30 PM

Poster Spotlights
Regency Ballroom B
Chair: Heather Urry

Katie Kao, Boston University
Victoria Spring, University of Iowa
Jonathan Stange, University of Illinois at Chicago and Temple University
Erik Nook, Harvard University
Adam Culbreth, Washington University at St. Louis
Jennifer MacCormack, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Kelly Polnaszek, Loyola University Chicago

6:45 PM 8:15 PM

Poster Session A
Regency Ballroom C

(Reception and Cash Bar)

8:30 PM  

Theme No-Host Dinners
(member-initiated, outside of hotel, see website for more information)

Friday, March 18, 2016

Time Event
8:00 AM 8:30 AM

Coffee and Light Breakfast
Regency Ballroom C

8:30 AM 9:30 AM

Thematic Flash Talks: Decision Science
Regency Ballroom B

•Incidental and Integral Affect in Judgment and Decision-Making
    Daniel Vastfjall, Decision Research

•Predecisional Coherence Shifting Regulates Emotion in Multiattribute Decisions
     Stephanie Carpenter, University of Wisconsin at Madison

•Building a Brain-Based and Prospectively Predictive Model of Emotion Regulation Decisions
     Bruce Dore, Columbia University

•Decision-Making in Organ Donation: An Experimental Study of Disgust and Health Anxiety
     Nathan Consedine, University of Auckland

•Neural Correlates of Appreciating One's Options Versus Choosing Between Them
     Amitai Shenhav, Princeton University

•To Explore or Exploit?  Your Amygdala Will Decide
     Vincent Costa, NIMH

•The New Technologies Emotions Scale (NTES): Measuring Emotions Elicited by Software Update Warnings
     Ross Buck, University of Connecticut

8:30 AM 9:30 AM

Thematic Flash Talks
Water Tower

Emotion and Health
•Emotion Regulation and Positive Affect in the Context of Pain: Resiliency for Pediatric Center Patients
     Brooke Jenkins, University of California at Irvine

•Emotion Suppression and Eating Behavior Among Parent-Adolescent DYADS
    Rebecca Ferrer, National Cancer Institute

•Don't Worry, Be Happy: Longitudinal Changes in Positive Affect Predict Behavioral Health Outcomes
     Sara Sagui, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Social Evaluation
•Puttting the "Social" in Social Evaluation: Post-Event Processing Following Social-Evaluative Events
     Gizem Altheimer, Tufts University

•Fear is All in Your Head? Recognition of Fearful Body Expressions Surpasses Facial Expressions in Real Life, But Not Posted Stimuli
     Hillel Aviezer, Hebrew University

•Negativity and Intentionality Bias Moral Memory Retrieval
     Chelsea Helion, Columbia University

8:30 AM 9:30 AM

Thematic Flash Talks
Gold Coast

Interpersonal Emotion
•Partner-Expected Affect: How You Feel Now is Predicted By How Your Partner Thought You Felt Before
     Laura Sels, KU Leuven

•Empathy is an Effortful Choice
     C. Daryl Cameron, University of Iowa

•Physiological Attunement During Empathic Judgments in Dementia Patients
     Casey Brown, University of California at Berkeley

•Navigating the Global Workplace: Cultural Differences in Emotional Values and Behaviors     
     Yun Lucy Zhang, Stanford University

Emotion Regulation
•A Layperson-Oriented Approach to Emotion Regulation
     Elise Kalokerinos, KU Leuven

•Cognitive Reappraisal is More Beneficial for People From Lower Than From Higher Socioeconomic Status
     Allison Troy, Franklin & Marshall College

•Regulation of Romantic Love Feelings: Preconceptions, Strategies, and Feasibility
     Sandra Langeslag, University of Missouri

9:45 AM 11:30 AM

TED-Style Talks
Regency Ballroom B

Capitalization: The Good News About Close Relationships
      Shelly L. Gable, University of California at Santa Barbara

Positive Affect Interventions to Help People Cope with Health-Related or Other Life Stress:  Progress, Promise, and Lessons Learned 
      Judith Moskowitz, Northwestern University

Why Prioritize Positivity?
       Barbara Fredrickson, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

11:30 AM 1:00 PM

Methods Lunches

Methods Lunches are informal discussion of topics relavant to experimental design, measurement, and interpretation of data for understanding emotions in the laboratory.  Register for your choice of lunch topics. (Fee: $34 per person, attendance is limited)

1. Brain-training Games for Enhancing Emotional Functioning - Mor Nahum
2. Complex Emotions in the RDOC World - Scott Langenecker
3. Emotional Narratives and Narrative Analysis - Mark Finlayson
4. Imaging the Evolutionary Brain - Dean Mobbs
5. Immunology and Mood - Hideki Ohira

11:30 AM 1:00 PM

Speed Networking Lunch

The Speed Networking lunch will provide attendees the opportunity to interact briefly in an informal setting with several leaders in the field of affective science. These leaders will serve as faculty hosts who will be seated at tables with an empty seat next to them; these empty seats will be filled by attendees, who will be scheduled to spend several minutes conversing with their faculty host until the signal is given to move to their next appointment. By the end of this session, attendees will come away having enjoyed a series of brief, engaging interactions with leaders in the field. Register for your choice of lunch topics. (Fee: $34 per person, attendance is limited)

Faculty Hosts:
Huda Akil
Lisa Feldman Barrett
Linda Camras
Giorgio Coricelli
Phoebe Ellsworth
Joe Franklin
Barbara Fredrickson
Jonathan Gratch
James Gross
Claudia Haase
Shinobu Kitayama
Ann Kring
Terry Maroney
Wendy Berry Mendes
Alison Miller
Judith Moskowitz
Kevin Ochsner
Peter Rudebeck
Michael Treadway
Jeanne Tsai

1:15 PM 2:30 PM

Flash Talks
Regency Ballroom B

Joe Franklin, Vanderbilt University
Claudia Haase, Northwestern University
Hideki Ohira, Nagoya University
Sarah Pressman, University of California at Irvine
Emily Mower Provost, University of Michigan
Peter Rudebeck, Mt. Sinai School of Medicine
Michael Treadway, Emory University
Michelle Wirth, University of Notre Dame 

2:45 PM 3:45 PM

Salon with Coffee
Gold Coast

Paula Niedenthal, University of Wisconsin at Madison

2:45 PM 3:45 PM

Salon with Coffee
Water Tower

Phoebe Ellsworth, University of Michigan

2:45 PM 3:45 PM

Discussion with Coffee

NIH Funding for Affective Science: An Informal Discussion
Lis Nielsen, National Institute on Aging

2:45 PM 3:45 PM

Discussion with Coffee

Career Development Discussion: Keys to Developing an Interdisciplinary Program of Affective Science Research
Lisa Feldman Barrett, Northeastern University
Alison Miller, University of Michigan
K. Luan Phan, University of Illinois at Chicago
Mar Sanchez, Emory University

4:00 PM 5:00 PM

Invited Address
Regency Ballroom B

The Surprising Utility of Surprise
     Paul J. Whalen, Dartmouth College

Information gleaned from the facial expressions of others allows us to concurrently determine the internal state of the expressor as well as learn valuable information about what their state might predict for us. Many facial expressions communicate a clear valence (e.g., angry (negative); happy (positive)], in part, because the outcomes predicted by these expressions have been rather consistent in our previous experience. Surprised expressions, on the other hand, are more ambiguous with respect to valence, in part, because they have predicted both positive and negative outcomes in the past. In this talk, I will preset behavioral, psychophysiological and neural responses to the facial expression of surprise, highlighting the unique ways that this expression can be used to address emotional responding.  

5:00 PM 5:15 PM

Poster Spotlights
Regency Ballroom B

Alison Cooke, North Carolina State University
Cameron Doyle, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Kelly Finn, University of California at Davis
Ben Hushek, University of Wisconsin at Madison
Tien Tong, University of Nebraska at Lincoln
BoKyung Park, Stanford University

5:30 PM 7:00 PM

Poster Session B
Regency Ballroom C

7:30 PM  

Theme No-Host Dinners
(member-initiated, outside of hotel, see website for details)

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Time Event
8:00 AM 8:30 AM

Coffee and Light Breakfast
Regency Ballroom C

8:30 AM 9:30 AM

Invited Address
Regency Ballroom B

Molecules of Temperament, Mood and Emotion: Animal Models and Human Studies
      Huda Akil, University of Michigan

“Mood” is an ephemeral concept. Yet disruptions of mood, such as Major Depression and Bipolar Disorder, are highly prevalent and devastating lifelong disorders that remain difficult to understand scientifically or treat medically. This lecture describes a multidisciplinary approach using animal models, human post mortem brains, genetics and genomics, which is leading to new insights into the neurobiology of mood and the role of temperament in defining vulnerability and resilience to mood disorders. It describes new molecules that have been identified as potential biomarkers and treatment targets. Finally it focuses on the critical role of early development in determining emotional reactivity and describes the role of epigenetic mechanisms in altering vulnerability or resilience to affective disorders. 

9:45 AM 11:30 AM

TED-Style Talks 
Regency Ballroom B

Inside-Out:  Spontaneous Facial Expressions and Emotion
      Linda Camras, DePaul University

Behavioral and Neural Correlates of Counterfactual Emotion
     Giorgio Coricelli, University of Southern California

Law and Emotion: Mapping a Fraught Dynamic
     Terry Maroney, Vanderbilt University

11:30 AM   1:00 PM

Methods Lunches

Methods Lunches are informal discussion of topics relavant to experimental design, measurement, and interpretation of data for understanding emotions in the laboratory.  Register for your choice of lunch topics in the registration area. (Fee: $34 per person, attendance is limited)

1. Brain Lesion Models of Emotion - Katherine Rankin
2. Developmental Perspectives in Affective Science - Erika Forbes
3. Effects of Nature Experience on Emotion and Cognition - Greg Bratman
4. Emotion in Decision-Making: From the Lab to the Real World—Wendy Berry Mendes
5. Interactions Between Affect and Memory - Elizabeth Kensinger

6. Neurofeedback for Emotion Change in Psychopathology - Kym Young
7. Perspectives on Somatosensation and Emotion - Nicole Prause & India Morrison
8. Tracking Emotions in the Real World Over Days - Renee Thompson
9. Unexpected Consequences: Upsides of Fear and Downsides of Happiness - Margee Kerr

1:15 PM 2:15 PM

Invited Address
Regency Ballroom B

Beware of Computers Bearing Smiles: A Review of Research into Machines that Understand and Shape Human Emotion
     Jonathan Gratch, University of Southern California

Affective Computing is the field of research directed at creating technology that recognizes, interprets, simulates and stimulates human emotion. In this talk, I will broadly overview my fifteen years of effort in advancing this nascent field, and emphasize the rich interdisciplinary connections between computational and scientific approaches to emotion. I will touch on several broad questions:  Can a machine understand human emotion? To what end? Can a machine "have" emotion, and how would this impact the humans that interact with them? I will address these questions in the context of several domains and applications, including medical interviews, economic decision-making and computer games. I will discuss both the theoretical consequences of these findings for human cognition as well as their practical implications for human-computer, computer-mediated and human-robot interaction. Throughout, I will argue the need for an interdisciplinary partnership between the social and computational sciences around the topic of emotion.

2:15 PM 2:30 PM

Poster Spotlights
Regency Ballroom B

Elizabeth Planalp, University of Wisconsin at Madison
Felicia Sun, Massachusetts General Hospital
Elizabeth da Silva, Indiana University at Bloomington
Victoria Floerke, Tufts University
Kuan-Hua Chen, University of Iowa

2:45 PM 4:15 PM

Poster Session C
Regency Ballroom C

4:30 PM 5:30 PM

Thematic Flash Talks
Regency Ballroom B

Developmental Variation
•The Brightening of Dark Appraisals: Aging and the Interpretation of Ambiguous Scenarios
     Joseph Mikels, DePaul University

•Adolescents' Depression, Daily Social Experiences and Function in Social and Affective Neural Circuitry: Common Mechanisms Revealed by the BFF FMRI Paradigm
     Erika Forbes, University of Pittsburgh

•Dissociable Age Effects for Prefrontal and Amygdala Responses to Affective and Social Content
     Jennifer Silvers, UCLA

Cultural Variation
•Where Do My Emotions Belong?  Three Studies on the Emotional Acculturation of Immigrant Minorities
     Jozefien De Leersnyder, University of Leuven

•Emotional Complexity:  Clarifying Definitions and Cultural Correlates
     Igor Grossman, University of Waterloo

•The Neural Basis of Cultural Differences in Emotion Processing: A Brainmap Meta-Analysis
     Jessica Busler, Auburn University

4:30 PM 5:30 PM

Thematic Flash Talks: Psychopathology and Treatment
Water Tower

•Neural Reactivity to Emotional Stimuli Prospectively Predicts the Impact of a Natural Disaster on Psychiatric Symptoms in Children
     Autumn Kujawa, University of Illinois at Chicago

•Differential Electrophysiological Responses Related to Bottom-Up and Top-Down Processing of Emotional Stimuli in Groups at Risk for Schizophrenia
     Elizabeth Martin, University of California at Irvine

•Can Calm Prevent the Storm?  Feasibility and Efficacy of the Laurel Program: A New Intervention to Increase Healthy Positive Affect in Bipolar I Disorder
     Jasmine Mote, University of California at Berkeley

•Vocal Expression and Schizophrenia: Less Than Meets the Ear
     Alex Cohen, Louisiana State University

•The Emotion Regulation Function of Non-Suicidal Self-Injury in Daily Life of Persons with a Borderline Personality Disorder
     Marlies Houben, KU Leuven

•When Children Believe Emotions Cannot Change: Children's Entity Beliefs Predict Greater Depression Via Less Effective Emotion Regulation
     Brett Ford, University of California at Berkeley

•Neural Correlates of Emotion Regulation in PTSD: SSRI Treatment Mechanisms and Predictors of Change
     Annmarie MacNamara, University of Illinois at Chicago

4:30 PM 5:30 PM

Thematic Flash Talks
Gold Coast

Social Connection
•Emotional Context Sensitivity is Associated with Identity Integration and Community Connectedness in Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Individuals
     Ilana Seager, The Ohio State University

•Dopamine Mediates Human Maternal Bonding. A Behavioral PET-FMRI Study
     Shir Atzil, MGH

•The Role of Neural Response to Social Reward in the Relation Between Emotional Closeness and Positive Affect During Naturalistic Social Interactions Among Adolescents
     Luis Flores, VA Pittsburgh Heathcare System

•Don't Tell Me How to Feel: Strategy-Specific Effects of Other-Directed Emotion Regulation
     Fausto Gonzalez, University of California at Berkeley

•Reward, Affiliative, and Dominance Smiles Modulate the Effects of Social Evaluation
     Jared Martin, University of Wisconsin at Madison

•Patients' Duchenne Smiles During Marital Interactions are Associated with Greater Socioemotional Health in Spousal Caregivers
     Sandy Lwi, University of California at Berkeley

•Facial Expressions of Emotion Track Experience and Theory of Mind Brain Networks: A Simultaneous FMRI and Electromyography (EMG) Study of Affective Communication
     Craig Williams, Stanford University

5:45 PM 7:15 PM

Closing Event: Cultural Affective Science
Regency Ballroom B

Chair/Moderator: Jeanne Tsai, Stanford University
Panelists:  Julia Cassaniti, Jose Soto, and Yulia Chantsova-Dutton

Invited Address:  
Cultural Affective Science: Accomplishment and Future Directions     
     Shinobu Kitayama, University of Michigan

Cultural affective science is emerging on the horizon. This new interdisciplinary field examines how emotional experience is shaped and transformed through cultural meaning systems. To outline this new field, I will start with a brief discussion of the evolution of human culture over the last 50,000 years and suggest that prevailing ecology in general, and forms of subsistence it afforded in particular, in different regions of the Eurasian continent over the last 10,000 years played a significant role in shaping contemporary cultural variations between West and East (Talhelm et al., 2014). Relatively loose norm enforcement, low population density, and the relative ease of residential mobility linked to herding and wheat farming support independently oriented cultures dominant in the West, whereas relatively more tight norm enforcement, high population density, and a greater difficulty in residential mobility linked to rice farming undergird interdependently oriented cultures that are more common in the East. Existing evidence on East-West differences in emotion and emotion-related phenomena is consistent with this hypothesis. First, lay conceptions of happiness vary systematically across cultures. We showed that as compared to European Americans, Japanese conceptualize happiness as more interpersonal (rather than personal) and as based on a balance of both positive and negative elements (Uchida & Kitayama, 2009). Second, as compared to Westerners, Easterners value high arousal emotions less and low arousal emotions more. As may be expected, a recent neurophysiological investigation shows that as compared to European Americans, Asians are more capable of down-regulating emotional processing (Murata, Moser, & Kitayama, 2013). Third, whether or not a given emotion is linked to biological health may depend on cultural meanings linked to the emotion. In particular, anger is typically linked to poor biological health among Americans. Although considered as biologically mediated, this contingency may reflect a specific cultural construction of anger in the West. For most Americans, anger typically serves as an index of both frustration and frustrating experiences. Because these experiences, as well as social conditions that conduce them, compromise health, anger could be linked to compromised biological health. In contrast, many interdependent cultures including Asian cultures may construe anger to be a significant marker of social power and status. If so, anger may be linked to better health in these cultures. Our recent work provides initial evidence for this analysis: Among Japanese middle-aged adults, anger is in fact associated with improved biological health status as assessed by biomarkers of both inflammation and cardiovascular malfunction (Kitayama et al., 2015). Future directions of cultural affective science will be discussed.

7:30 PM 8:30 PM

Closing Reception
Hong Kong