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The 2019 Society for Affective Science conference will take place at the Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel from March 21 to March 23, 2019. The registration system for the main conference and other conference events is now open. [link]

This year’s invited program includes new and exciting interdisciplinary conversations in affective science. An opening session “Trajectories, Transitions, and Turning Points”  features Phoebe Ellsworth, Valeria Gazzola, and Bob Levenson describing experiences, events, and findings that were key transitions points in their research programs and careers. The Presidential Symposium will be devoted to research on culture, ethnicity, and emotion. This year’s program will also feature a symposium on emotion and health jointly sponsored by SAS and the American Psychosomatic Society called “The Vital Role of Affective Science in Medicine” featuring Lauren Atlas, Peter Gianaros, and Richard Lane.

We will also continue to showcase other exciting formats, such as TED-style talks, salons, methods and speed networking events, flash talks, poster spotlights, and interactive poster sessions. Come see other invited speakers, including Marc Brackett, Cynthia Breazeal, Alan Fiske, Jenn Lerner, Tali Sharot, and invited flash-talk speakers who will present groundbreaking research representing a wide range of affective science! There are also four exciting preconferences that will be held March 21.

Access a preliminary conference program here.

Presidential Event on Culture and Emotion: New Research and Timeless Questions

Tiffany Brannon

Tiffany Brannon

Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles

“Can’t We All Belong?: Diversity Efforts Can Promote Feelings of Inclusion and Authenticity Across Social Group Lines

Michele J. Gelfand

Michele J. Gelfand

Ph.D., University of Maryland

Neurobiological Underpinnings of Cultural Norms

Jeanne Tsai

Jeanne Tsai

Ph.D., Stanford University

Cultural Differences in Ideal Affect Shape How We Judge and Treat Others

TED-Style Talks

Marc Brackett

Marc Brackett

Ph.D., Yale University

Creating an Emotion Revolution in our Nation’s Schools

Cynthia Breazeal

Cynthia Breazeal

Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Emotion and Social Robots

Alan Fiske

Alan Fiske

Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles

Kama Muta: The Connecting Emotion

Jenn Lerner

Jenn Lerner

Ph.D., Harvard University

Emotion and Decision Making

Philippe Schyns

Philippe Schyns

Ph.D., University of Glasgow

Realizing the Promise of Brain Imaging within a Data-driven Framework

Tali Sharot

Tali Sharot

Ph.D., University College London

To Know or Not to Know: The Link Between Curiosity, Affect and Mental Health

Trajectories, Transitions, and Turning Points Session

Phoebe Ellsworth

Phoebe Ellsworth

Ph.D., University of Michigan at Ann Arbor

How I Got to Appraisal Theory

Valeria Gazzola

Valeria Gazzola

Ph.D., Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience

Touching Decisions

Robert Levenson

Robert Levenson

Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley

A Career in Three Ups: Showing Up, Following Up, and Downs and Ups

American Psychosomatic Society-SAS Joint Session on Vital Role of Affective Science in Medicine

Lauren Atlas

Lauren Atlas

Ph.D., National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, NIH

How Expectations and Aversion Learning Influence Pain, Clinical Outcomes, and Affective Experience

Peter Gianaros

Peter Gianaros

Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh

Two to Make it True? Systematically Testing a Purported Affective Neural Correlate of Cardiovascular Disease Risk

Richard Lane

Richard Lane

MD, Ph.D, University of Arizona

Affective Processes as Risk Mechanisms and Intervention Targets in Medical Contexts

Invited Flash Talk Speakers

Oriana Aragón

Oriana Aragón

Clemson University

Normative Displays of Aggression and Sadness: What Do They Communicate in Negative vs. Positive Contexts?

Igor Grossman

Igor Grossman

University of Waterloo

On Yodas and Spocks: Wise Reasoning Benefits From Emodiversity, Irrespective of Emotional Intensity

Jeremy P. Jamieson

Jeremy P. Jamieson

University of Rochester

Temporal Dynamics of Stress Reappraisal in a Naturalistic Academic Context

Michael Kraus

Michael Kraus

Yale University

The Reproduction of Social Class in Brief Speech

Moira Mikolajczak

Moira Mikolajczak

University of Louvain

Parental Burnout: A Flash Overview

Aprajita Mohanty

Aprajita Mohanty

Stony Brook University

Threat and the Predictive Brain

Jordi Quoidbach

Jordi Quoidbach

ESADE Ramon Llull University

A Simple Rule to Improve Affective Forecasts

Tessa West

Tessa West

New York University

Culture-level Variables Affect Physiological Processes in Groups