Methods Event

Saturday April 25, 2020
8:30-9:45am

Attendance is limited to 10 people per table, including the speaker, pre-registration is required.

In affective science, our questions (”the what”) and methods (”the how”) are deeply intertwined. The Methods Event offers an opportunity to focus on the “how” in a structured small-group setting. Discussion leaders will draw on their expertise to introduce and summarize selected methodologies, and then will facilitate dialogue within the small group. Topics range from tools used in the laboratory to those used in the field. They will include well-established methods and experimental innovations. The Methods Event is meant to help you to expand, refine, or rethink your methodological toolkit, whatever your career stage.

The following sessions are available:

Session Discussion Leader Description
Measuring the Broad Construct of ‘Stress’ Alexandra Crosswell (University of California, San Francisco) When ‘stress’ occurs at many levels (e.g. interpersonal, personal, cellular), across many life domains (e.g. work, relationships, politics), and at various timescales (e..g acute, chronic, daily) — how can this nebulous construct be accurately measured? We will discuss tools that the NIA-funded Stress Measurement Network has developed to address this methodological challenge.
Eye Tracking in Affective Science Derek Isaacowitz (Northeastern University) Eye tracking is a fairly popular tool in affective science. Dr. Isaccowitz will discuss use of traditional stationary eye tracking, mobile eye tracking, and at-home eye tracking without an experimenter present. He will consider strengths and challenges of each type of eye tracking, with the goal of identifying what particular tools and methods may be appropriate for different research questions in affective science.
Experience Sampling Methods in Affective Science Tamlin Conner (University of Otago, New Zealand) Intensive real-time survey methods like experience sampling and daily diaries are powerful tools in affective science because they reveal patterns of variability and vulnerability not found with static retrospective reports. Dr. Conner will discuss how to survey emotions in everyday life using smartphones, including the rationale, primary technologies, and analytics.
Developmental Affective Neuroscience Methods Tiffany Ho (Stanford University) Important neurobiological changes occur during the development of key affective processes. Dr. Ho will present on the challenges of conducting longitudinal neuroimaging research in the context of developmental samples and will present on current statistical methods and mathematical frameworks amenable for characterizing neurodevelopmental trajectories and delineating developmental change.
Virtual Reality as Immersive Emotion Induction Christian Waugh (Wake Forest University) Testing our theories of emotion often depend on our ability to elicit an appropriately intense emotional experience, yet our studies often do not accomplish this. In this session, Dr. Waugh will talk about how using virtual reality in place of other emotion inductions can ramp up the participant’s immersive emotional experience and the effect this can have on relevant cognition and behavior. There will be VR equipment on hand to showcase how inexpensive (relatively), user-friendly, and powerful this technology can be.
Assessing Affect and Affect Regulation in Parent-Child Dyads Nicole Giuliani (University of Oregon) Dr. Giuliani will discuss multiple methods of assessing affect and affect regulation in parent-child dyads, including but not limited to self-report, laboratory tasks, and behavioral coding of parent-child interactions. She will present examples from a sample of mothers and their preschool-aged children, and discuss complexities associated with working with these kinds of data.
Open Affective Science Practices Heather Urry (Tufts University) We’ll discuss transparent, open science practices in affective science. Topics will include how to pre-register studies, construct open data sets, develop common open source materials and code, and create registered reports.
Natural Language Processing of Emotional Text Samira Shaikh (University of North Carolina at Charlotte) Dr. Shaikh will discuss how to extract emotion from language data, including social media and qualitative surveys. Topics will include identifying lexica that can be leveraged to automatically code a wide range of emotion text. Dr. Shaikh will discuss how to use a bag-of-words approach as well as state-of-the-art machine learning approaches, with practical examples of how each can be accomplished in a real case.
The Ins and Outs of Studying Mixed Emotions Catherine Norris (Swarthmore College) Can people feel happy (positive) and sad (negative) at the same time? And how do we know? Dr. Norris will discuss the pros and cons of a wide variety of methodological approaches (including behavioral, self-report, psychophysiological, electrocortical, and neuroimaging) that have been used and/or developed in an attempt to answer these questions and help us better understand both the experience of mixed emotions and the underlying processes.
Computational Approaches to Pain Detection Zakia Hammal (Carnegie Mellon University) Pain typically is measured by patient self-report, but self-reported pain is difficult to interpret and may be impaired or in some circumstances not possible to obtain. Automatic, objective assessment of pain from video is emerging as a powerful alternative. We will discuss current challenges and prospects to advance automatic assessment of the occurrence and intensity of pain for research and clinical use.

Speed Networking Event

Saturday, April 25, 2020
8:30-9:45 am

Attendance Limited, Pre-Registration Required.

The Speed Networking Event will provide attendees the opportunity to interact with several leaders in the field of affective science, briefly and in an informal setting. Each networking event attendee will get to meet one-on-one with several of these mentors. This meeting will give mentees an opportunity to introduce themselves and ask the mentor questions related to their research, career advice, or any other burning questions they have. Each of these meetings will last around five minutes, after which mentees will rotate to meet with another host.

Hosts will include: Daniel Foti (Purdue University), Elaine Fox (University of Oxford), Barbara Fredrickson (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), James Gross (Stanford University), Lasana Harris (University College London), Kristin Lagattuta (University of California, Davis), Dacher Keltner (University of California, Berkeley), Hedy Kober (Yale University), Ann Kring (University of California, Berkeley), Robert Levenson (University of California, Berkeley), Kristen Lindquist (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), Terry Maroney (Vanderbilt University), Iris Mauss (University of California, Berkeley), Kateri McRae (University of Denver), Wendy Berry Mendes (University of California, San Francisco), Joseph Mikels (DePaul University), Paula Niedenthal (University of Wisconsin-Madison), Matt Nock (Harvard University), Sarah Pressman (University of California, Irvine), Leah Somerville (Harvard University), Virginia Sturm (University of California, San Francisco), and Maya Tamir (Hebrew University of Jerusalem).