Preconferences are freely included with registration to the main conference.

We are excited to announce that there will be two pre-conferences affiliated with the 2021 SAS conference! Both will be held in Gather.Town hosted by Virtual Chair.

  • “The Role of Emotions in Intergroup Conflict” pre-conference is sponsored by the Department of Psychology, Harvard University.
  • “Opening Affective Science at #SAS2021” pre-conference is sponsored by Tufts University’s School of Arts & Sciences and the Society for the Improvement of Psychological Science.

Both pre-conferences are accepting submissions (see below for details). You can submit to ONE pre-conference only in addition to the main 2021 SAS conference.

For general inquiries about the preconferences, please contact Ajay Satpute at and Aaron Heller at

The Role of Emotions in Intergroup Conflict

Sa-kiera Hudson

Sa-kiera Hudson

Yale University, USA (Organizer)
Eliot Smith

Eliot Smith

Indiana University Bloomington, USA
Magali Clobert

Magali Clobert

Université de Caen Normandie, France
Shahrzad Goudarzi

Shahrzad Goudarzi

New York University, USA
Amit Goldenberg

Amit Goldenberg

Harvard University, USA
Ruthie Pliskin

Ruthie Pliskin

Leiden University, Netherlands
Sabina Cehajic-Clancy

Sabina Cehajic-Clancy

Stockholm University, Sweden
Trisha Dehrone

Trisha Dehrone

University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA
Linda Tropp

Linda Tropp

University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA

Organizer: Sa-kiera Hudson (Yale University)

Date: Tuesday, April 13th, 2021

Time: 10:45am – 5:30pm EDT (2:45pm – 9:30pm UTC)

*All pre-recorded talks will be available for 24h on demand viewing in the Video Lounge

Details: The “Role of Emotions in Intergroup Conflict” Preconference at the 2021 Society of Affective Science (SAS) convention includes an impressive line-up of speakers who will discuss current research and topics surrounding the antecedents and consequences of intergroup emotions. The pre-conference will also feature three 15-minute synchronous “flash talks” that highlight the cutting-edge research of postdoctoral scholars and advanced graduate students working on this topic.

You can submit your abstracts here which will include a single page summary of your work (submission deadline: February 15th, 2021, at 11:59pm Baker Island Time (BIT; UTC-12 – last time zone on earth)). We especially encourage advanced graduate students and postdocs from historically minoritized groups to apply!

Virtual Welcome and Brunch Hour

10:45-11:30am EDT
Location: Salon

  • People randomly assigned to tables based on pre-registration information to mingle and say “hi”
  • 15-minute conference introduction and breakdown of the day’s events.

Part 1: Emotional Antecedents of Conflict

11:30am-1:00pm EDT
Location: Plenary B

  • 1.5 hour discussion with the presenters in which they will give a 5 min overview of their talk (take-away message) and open it up for Q and A with the audience. They will also be encouraged to discuss and talk amongst themselves in a blended panel discussion/Q and A style talk.
    • Eliot Smith, Indiana University Bloomington. Normative and Self-Regulatory Processes as Antecedents of Group-Based Emotions
    • Magali Clobert, Université de Caen Normandie. Valuing High Arousal Negative States Increases Negative Responses Towards Outgroups Across Cultures
    • Shahrzad Goudarzi, New York University. Economic Beliefs, Emotions, and Well-Being in an Unequal Society
    • Sa-kiera Hudson, Harvard University. Preference for Hierarchy is Associated with Apathetic and Antipathic Emotions and Policies

Break (Long)

1:00-2:00pm EDT
Location: Lobby

Part 2: Flash Talks

2:00-3:30pm EDT
Location: Plenary B

  • Three 15 min flash talks with five min for questions
    • Ajua Duker, Yale University. Generating Redemption Narratives Buffer the Negative Affective Impacts of Contending with Discrimination 
    • Eliana Hadjiandreou, Pennsylvania State University. Political Empathy Bias in the 2020 US Presidential Election
    • Jelka Stojanov, University of Oxford. Beyond first-hand intergroup empathy: How do we think ‘our’ and ‘their’ emotional experiences are perceived and shared by outgroup members?

Break (Short)

3:30-4:00pm EDT
Location: Lobby

Part 3: Emotional Strategies and Interventions to Attenuate Conflict

4:00-5:30pm EDT
Location: Plenary B

  • 1.5 hour discussion with the presenters in which they will give a 5 min overview of their talk (take-away message) and open it up for Q and A with the audience. They will also be encouraged to discuss and talk amongst themselves in a blended panel discussion/Q and A style talk.
    • Amit Goldenberg, Harvard University. Political Homophily and Acrophily: Preferences for Extreme Responses to Reports of Police Brutality
    • Ruthie Pliskin, Leiden University. Ideological Differences in Intergroup Anger Regulation: Evidence from Three Countries
    • Trisha Dehrone & Linda Tropp, University of Massachusetts Amherst. Coming Together After Genocide: How Contact-Based Interventions Shift Trust, Emotions, and Prospects for Integration in Post-Genocide Rwanda
    • Sabina Cehajic-Clancy, Stockholm University. Moral exemplar intervention: A new paradigm for conflict resolution and intergroup reconciliation

Closing Remarks 

5:30-5:40pm EDT
Location: Plenary B

Opening Affective Science at #2021SAS

<a href="">Heather Urry</a>

Heather Urry

Tufts University, USA (Organizer)
<a href="">Sam Parsons</a>

Sam Parsons

University of Oxford, UK (Organizer)
<a href="">Cassandra Gould van Praag</a>

Cassandra Gould van Praag

University of Oxford, UK
<a href="">Benedict Jones</a>

Benedict Jones

University of Strathclyde, UK
<a href="">Ummul-Kiram Kathawalla</a>

Ummul-Kiram Kathawalla

University of Minnesota, USA
Michelle N. Shiota

Michelle N. Shiota

Arizona State University, USA
<a href="">Priya Silverstein</a>

Priya Silverstein

Institute for Globally Distributed Open Research and Education (IGDORE)
<a href="">Moin Syed</a>

Moin Syed

University of Minnesota, USA

Organizers: Heather Urry (Tufts University) and Sam Parsons (University of Oxford)

Date: Tuesday, April 13th, 2021

Time: 9:00am – 3:00pm EDT (1:00pm – 7:00pm UTC)

*All pre-recorded talks will be available for 24h on demand viewing in the Video Lounge

Details: How can we maximize the credibility of claims in affective science? Transparent, open research by a diverse community of scholars is the key. The “Opening Affective Science” preconference will support transparency, openness, and diversity at SAS with a set of talks, a poster session, and a hackathon. Collectively we aim to showcase examples of diverse, open affective science, spark ideas for incorporating open practices into your research, and foster understanding of the bidirectional benefits of diversity and openness in our field.

We invite attendees, especially early career researchers, to present planned or completed empirical affective science. In particular, we are seeking submissions that include some open research practices (e.g. open data or materials, preregistration of analyses) or have a focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion (or both!). The submission survey will first request the submitter’s name, email address, career stage, and whether they identify as a member of a group that is underrepresented in science. It will then display three text boxes, each limited to 1000 characters, asking them to describe the a) Introduction and Methods, b) Results and Conclusions, and c) Open Research Practices and/or relevance to issues of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. When submitting planned work, please use the ‘Results and Conclusions’ box to describe the expected results. The submitter will also have the opportunity to provide info for up to 7 additional authors. (If there are more than 7 additional authors, please email We will evaluate submissions using a results-blinded process, and prioritize accepting work conducted by members of underrepresented groups using rigorous methods and open practices. Submissions will be evaluated on a rolling basis starting February 15, 2021 until all spaces have been filled. Submit your abstract here.  

Additional Information: SAS requires preconference attendees to register and pay for the main conference; this gives you entry into either of the preconferences. When you register, there’s a checkbox to indicate you plan to attend the opening affective science preconference.

We have a limited number of registration waivers for students/postdocs who attend our preconference sponsored by the Society for the Improvement of Psychological Science (SIPS). 

We’ll prioritize first-author students/postdocs who submit a poster abstract for presentation at our preconference on a first-come, first-served basis. We will notify poster submission winners by March 1 and provide a registration discount code to use in the SAS registration system, for which there’s an early registration deadline of March 13. (For those who may have already registered and paid, we will process reimbursement.) 

If there are any SIPS-sponsored waivers available after making awards to poster submission winners, we’ll randomly select winners from among students/postdocs who register and attend our preconference. We would process reimbursement after the event.

Welcome and Orientation 

9:00-9:30am EDT (2:00-2:30pm BST)
Location: Salon

  • Sam Parsons and Heather Urry. Welcome, introduction scavenger hunt, orientation to the day’s events.

Diverse, Open Affective Science: Application and Advice

9:30-11:00am EDT (2:30-4:00pm BST)
Location: Plenary A

  • The Valence-Dominance Model of Face Perception: A World Tour 
    • Benedict Jones, University of Strathclyde. Jones will share their global work on face perception with the Psychological Science Accelerator, which illustrates multi-lab science, open data, materials, and code, CRediT contributorship, and registered report publication.
  • Easing into Open Science
    • Priya Silverstein, Data-PASS Journal Editors Discussion Interface. Silverstein will suggest several ways that early career researchers and their advisors can incorporate open science practices into their affective science.
  • Inclusive Science: Why Your Research is Better if Everyone is Welcome
    • Cassandra Gould van Praag, University of Oxford. Gould van Praag will discuss why research may be more robust if it is inclusive, and consider the impact of poor inclusivity on the individual and field as a whole.

Break (Short)

11:00-11:15am EDT (4:00-4:15pm BST)
Location: Lobby

Poster Session 

11:15am-12:15pm EDT (4:15-5:15pm BST)
Location: Presentation Room

  • Poster Session
    • Erik Nook, Harvard University, USA. Replicable Evidence that Client Language Tracks Therapy Progress 
    • Kohinoor M. Darda, Institute of Neuroscience & Psychology, University of Glasgow, UK // Department of Cognitive Science, Macquarie University, Sydney. Combining universal appreciation and cultural context in a unifying model of visual art experience
    • Maximilian Primbs, Radboud University, Netherlands. Do face masks influence the stereotype effect in emotion recognition? An investigation using specification curve analysis
    • Janis Zickfield, Aarhus University, Denmark. Tears evoke the intention to offer social support: A systematic investigation of the interpersonal effects of emotional crying across 41 countries
    • Domicele Jonauskaite, University of Lausanne, Switzerland. The International Colour-Emotion Association Survey: Open data and first results revealing universality
    • Cristina Salvador, University of Michigan, USA. Relational mobility predicts a faster spread of COVID-19

Break (Long)

12:15-1:00pm EDT (5:15-6:00pm BST)
Location: Lobby

Diversity   Openness: Theory and Practice

1:00-3:00pm EDT (6:00-8:00pm BST)
Location: Salon

  • Cultural Psychology, Diversity, and Representation in Open Science
    • Moin Syed and Ummul-Kiram Kathawalla, University of Minnesota. Syed and Kathawalla will argue that studying affect across cultures would both offer benefits to and benefit from open science.
  • Diversifying SAS Hackathon
    • Heather Urry, Tufts University, and Lani Shiota, Arizona State University. In support of SAS’s values, participants will collaborate to generate strategies to attract and retain members of groups typically underrepresented in science to SAS.


3:00pm EDT (8:00pm BST)