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You are invited to attend the 2021 SAS Annual Conference on 13-16 April 2021, which will be held in all virtual format hosted by Virtual Chair in Gather.Town. We had a record-breaking number of abstract submissions this year and are excited to showcase the newest affective science research! We will be delivering a full program of activities in three time zones (JST, BST, PST) including on-demand materials & live interactive events showcasing state-of-the-art affective science and career development opportunities. Our program includes:

More information about access to Gather.Town and practice demos will be provided here shortly. Online registration will open within the next few weeks.

We’re excited to bring the SAS community together again to celebrate our successes and to continue growing a supportive international research network.

For all updates, follow our Twitter account @affectScience. Mark your calendar for the 2021 SAS Virtual Annual Conference.

See you there!

Rachael E. Jack
2021 SAS Conference Program Chair


Presidential Symposium

Showcasing the latest research in a topic of special interest selected by the current SAS President.

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

Barbara Fredrickson

President, Society for Affective Science; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA

Presidential Symposium Theme:

Love’s in Need of Study

<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

Weak ties and strangers: The value of minimal social interactions

<a href="" target="_blank">Michelle (Lani) Shiota</a>

Michelle (Lani) Shiota

Arizona State University, USA

A many-splendored thing: Surveying the landscape of love

<a href="" target="_blank">Leigh Smith</a>

Leigh Smith

UC Davis, USA

What therapy can teach scientists about love

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

Using psychological science to save lives

Invited Flash Talks

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

Gal Sheppes

Tel Aviv University, Israel

Transcending the "Good & Bad" and "Here & Now" in emotion regulation

<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

The Human Screenome Project and the emotional dynamics of individuals’ everyday digital lives

<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