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Please check this page often for latest updates on the 8th annual SAS conference, which is set to take place in 2021.


We’re going virtual! To protect from COVID-19 & due to travel restrictions, our 8th annual SAS conference will be fully virtual! Following our successful 2020 virtual event, we’ll deliver a full program of activities including on-demand materials & live interactive events showcasing state-of-the-art science and career development. We’re excited to bring the SAS community together again to celebrate our successes and grow our supportive network. For updates, follow our Twitter account @affectScience.

Questions about the 2021 conference? Please contact our Program Committee Chair, Rachael Jack on


Submit your abstract for the 2021 annual conference here.


Presidential Symposium

Presidential Symposium Theme: Love’s in Need of Study

<a href="" target="_blank">Barbara Fredrickson</a>

Barbara Fredrickson

President, Society for Affective Science; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA
<a href="" target="_blank">Michelle (Lani) Shiota</a>

Michelle (Lani) Shiota

Arizona State University, USA
<a href="" target="_blank">Sara Algoe</a>

Sara Algoe

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA
<a href="" target="_blank">Gillian Sandstrom</a>

Gillian Sandstrom

University of Essex, UK
<a href="" target="_blank">Leigh Smith</a>

Leigh Smith

UC Davis, USA

TED-Style Talks

<a href="" target="_blank">Jamil Zaki</a>

Jamil Zaki

Stanford University, USA

What we think about what we feel: Unforced errors in our emotional lives

<a href="" target="_blank">Kristin Lagattuta</a>

Kristin Lagattuta

UC Davis, USA

Beliefs about life experience, mind, and emotion

<a href="" target="_blank">Dacher Keltner</a>

Dacher Keltner

UC Berkeley, USA
<a href=" "target="_blank">Lasana Harris</a>

Lasana Harris

University College London, UK

Flexible social cognition to facial displays of emotion

<a href="" target="_blank">Matthew Nock</a>

Matthew Nock

Harvard University, USA

Invited Flash Talks

<a href="" target="_blank">Gal Sheppes</a>

Gal Sheppes

Tel Aviv University, Israel
<a href="" target="_blank">Yukiko Uchida</a>

Yukiko Uchida

Kyoto University, Japan

Threat based awe induces meaning making process and interdependently oriented happiness

<a href="" target="_blank">Nilam Ram</a>

Nilam Ram

Stanford University, USA
<a href="" target="_blank">Aaron Heller</a>

Aaron Heller

University of Miami, USA

Computational modeling of personally meaningful events to determine the drivers of human emotion

<a href="" target="_blank">James Cavanagh</a>

James Cavanagh

University of New Mexico, USA

Best experiment ever! Puppies, milkshakes, and the neurobiology of anhedonia

<a href="" target="_blank">Jessica Lougheed</a>

Jessica Lougheed

University of British Columbia Okanagan, Canada

Emotion dynamics in parent-adolescent dyads

<a href="" target="_blank">Lori Hoggard</a>

Lori Hoggard

Rutgers University - New Brunswick, USA
<a href="" target="_blank">Emily Mower Provost</a>

Emily Mower Provost

University of Michigan, USA

Human-centered computing: Using speech to understand behavior


Salon: Communicating Affective Science

<a href="" target="_blank">Jamil Zaki</a>

Jamil Zaki

Stanford University, USA
<a href="" target="_blank">Jim Coan</a>

Jim Coan

University of Virginia, USA

Salon: Interdisciplinary Affective Science

<a href="" target="_blank">Emily Falk</a>

Emily Falk

University of Pennsylvania, USA

Salon: Moving Past Theoretical Deadlocks in Affective Science

<a href="" target="_blank">Lisa Feldman Barrett</a>

Lisa Feldman Barrett

Northeastern University, USA
<a href="" target="_blank">Ralph Adolphs</a>

Ralph Adolphs

California Institute of Technology, USA

Methods Events

<a href="" target="_blank">Derek Isaacowitz</a>

Derek Isaacowitz

Northeastern University, USA
<a href="" target="_blank">Samuel Mehr</a>

Samuel Mehr

Harvard University, USA
<a href="" target="_blank">Chloé Clavel</a>

Chloé Clavel

Télécom Paris, France