Call for Abstracts

*The 2021 SAS Abstract Submission Portal is closed*

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 13-16, 2021.

In line with our goal to facilitate interdisciplinary advances, we welcome submissions from across the broad 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, and theatre.

We encourage submissions from authors at all career stages – undergraduates, trainees, early career researchers, and senior faculty. All presenters will have the opportunity for meaningful dialogue with other affective scientists via virtual presentation and Q&A  slots.

There will be no fee to submit an abstract. The fee structure for conference registration can be found here.

Submission Deadline

DEADLINE EXTENDED Abstracts must be submitted by Thursday, December 17th, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. Baker Island Time (BIT; UTC-12 — last timezone on earth) to be considered for inclusion in the program. 

IMPORTANT: SAS abstracts are changing this year!

Extended abstract format: maximum 1-page, including up to 1 figure using a SAS provided Latex/Word template

TWO submission types:

New Results: Showcasing the latest new findings in affective science, reporting the results of data that has been collected and analyzed. We very much welcome and encourage preliminary work! 

New Idea: NEW! Showcasing a new research idea, complete with planned experimental designs and analysis approach(es). We do not expect any data to have been collected, other than for proof of concept. Submissions already pre-registered in another platform are admissible. 

Highly-ranked submissions will be published as a peer-reviewed abstract in a supplement of our journal Affective Science

IMPORTANT: A peer-reviewed published conference abstract in the supplement does NOT preclude the work from being submitted/ published as a full paper in any scientific outlet

No poster/flash talk distinction! Presenters of accepted abstracts will be offered up to TWO sessions to deliver a 5-7 minute pre-recorded presentation of their work followed by live Q&A

More updates soon on our website and via our Twitter account @affectScience!

SAS uses an electronic process for the submission of abstracts. When preparing an abstract for submission, carefully follow the instructions below:

  1. All submissions must report work that is unpublished or in press at the time of submission
  2. Each first author can submit a maximum of ONE abstract in each track – New Results and New Idea. There is no limitation for other authors
  3. All New Results submissions MUST include
    • Title
    • Author names and affiliations (to be redacted at submission)
    • Summary
    • Background
    • Aims framing the question or problem
    • Methods
    • Results
    • Conclusions including how the work makes a novel theoretical, methodological, or empirical contribution to affective science
    • OPTIONAL: Acknowledgements (to be redacted at submission)
    • References
    • Empirical work must include the sample size of each study and at least one statistic supporting each main result. It is insufficient to state that “results will be discussed.” Please use the LaTex or MS Word template to ensure all correct elements are included and the 1-page PDF length is adhered to
  4. All New Idea submissions MUST include
    • Title
    • Author names and affiliations (to be redacted at submission)
    • Summary
    • Background
    • Aims framing the question or problem
    • Methods planned
    • Analyses planned
    • Predicted findings (where appropriate)
    • Conclusions including how the work will make a novel theoretical, methodological, or empirical contribution to affective science
    • OPTIONAL: Acknowledgements (to be redacted at submission)
    • References
    • Submissions must include the planned sample size of each study. Please use the LaTex or MS Word template to ensure all correct elements are included and the 1-page PDF length is adhered to
  5. All submissions must be
    • Maximum 1-page in length, including 1 figure or table (optional)
    • Formatted using either the LaTex or MS Word template. See template instructions *here*
    • In PDF format
    • Written in English (US spelling)
    • Include TWO versions – an anonymized version that conceals any identifying information (author name, affiliations, and statements such as ‘our prior work’ with attached citations, acknowledgments) to ensure double-blind peer review, and one without anonymization (for the conference program)
  6. Select FIVE keywords: THREE relating to content and TWO relating to methods associated with the submission. Select keywords carefully as they will be used to match your submission with two reviewers in our Abstract Review Board.
  7. Proofread your submission! All accepted submission summaries will be posted, as-is, on the secure SAS website (accessible to conference registrants only). Submissions selected for publication in the online supplement of Affective Science may also be published as they appear in the electronic submission. The SAS Program Committee reserves the right to make editorial corrections to the submitted abstract if necessary. SAS is not responsible for author errors.
  8. All correspondence about submissions will be sent to the presenting author ONLY. Please provide the email address that the presenting author will be contactable on post-submission and for the duration of the conference. If the contact details entered at submission change, please contact the Abstract Committee, Maria Gendron and Hongbo Yu
  9. Please consider submitting well in advance of the deadline!

All presenters will be invited to pre-record a brief (5-7 minute) presentation of their submissions. Authors have total freedom on presentation format.*

*Formats can include a traditional poster with a verbal walk through, or a traditional flash talk with a verbal walkthrough, or other presentation formats that the author may choose.

Presenters can book TWO 1-hour time slots to enable interaction with the international SAS community. Each session will comprise your pre-recorded presentation followed by a live Q&A with any conference attendees that choose to attend your session.

Abstract Selection

All submissions will be evaluated for scholarly merit in a double-blind peer review process by two independent reviewers from our expert Abstract Review Board (see below for a full list). Reviewers will not review any submissions where there is an identified conflict of interest.

We are grateful to our Abstract Review Board members for their high-quality service and dedication to SAS, the affective science community, and the field.
Agneta Fischer University of Amsterdam Netherlands
Ajay B. Satpute Northeastern University U.S.A.
Amitai Shenhav Brown University U.S.A.
Andreas Olsson Karolinska Institutet Sweden
Anthony Atkinson Durham University U.K.
Asifa Majid University of York U.K.
Bethany Teachman University of Virginia U.S.A.
Betty Repacholi University of Washington U.S.A.
Bonnie Le University of Rochester U.S.A.
Brian Parkinson University of Oxford U.K.
Bridget Callaghan University of California, Los Angeles U.S.A.
Bridget Waller Nottingham Trent University U.K.
Carlos Crivelli De Montfort University U.K.
Carolyn Parkinson University of California, Los Angeles U.S.A.
Catherine Pelachaud CNRS – ISIR, Sorbonne University France
Daniel Sznycer University of Montreal Canada
David Clewett University of California, Los Angeles U.S.A.
Derek Isaacowitz Northeastern University U.S.A.
Dylan Gee Yale University U.S.A.
Elaine Fox University of Oxford U.K.
Eva Krumhuber University College London U.K.
Guillaume Dezecache Université Clermont Auvergne France
J.M. Fernández-Dols Universidad Autonoma de Madrid Spain
Jeanette Altarriba University at Albany, SUNY U.S.A.
Jennifer M.B. Fugate University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth U.S.A.
Jessica M. Salerno Arizona State University U.S.A.
Jiayu Zhan University of Glasgow U.K.
Joel Smith University of Manchester U.K.
Jordi Quoidbach ESADE Spain
Joseph Dunsmoor University of Texas at Austin U.S.A.
Joshua Tybur Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam Netherlands
Kateri McRae University of Denver U.S.A.
Kevin LaBar Duke University U.S.A.
Leonie Koban Insead; Paris Brain Institute France
Lisa A. Williams The University of New South Wales Australia
Lotte van Dillen Leiden University Netherlands
Magdalena Rychlowska Queen’s University Belfast U.K.
Mariann Weierich University of Nevada, Reno U.S.A.
Martha Ann Bell Virginia Tech U.S.A.
Martie G. Haselton University of California, Los Angeles U.S.A.
Mary Helen Immordino-Yang University of Southern California U.S.A.
Michelle (Lani) Shiota Arizona State University U.S.A.
Philip Kragel Emory University U.S.A.
Piercarlo Valdesolo Claremont McKenna College U.S.A.
Rachael E. Jack University of Glasgow U.K.
Regina Lapate University of California, Santa Barbara U.S.A.
Robb Rutledge Yale University U.S.A.
Susan A. Bandes DePaul University College of Law U.S.A.
Suzanne Oosterwijk University of Amsterdam Netherlands
Tali Sharot University College London U.K.
Tessa West New York University U.S.A.
Tony Manstead Cardiff University U.K.
Tor D. Wager Dartmouth College U.S.A.
Virginia Sturm University of California, San Francisco U.S.A.
Yina Ma Beijing Normal University China
Yu Niiya Hosei University Japan
Yukiko Uchida Kyoto University Japan
Yuri Miyamoto Hitotsubashi University Japan


For abstract template support, contact Jonas Nölle at AND Tobias Thejll-Madsen at For all other submission inquiries, contact Maria Gendron at and Hongbo Yu at