Abstract Guidelines and Submissions

SAS 2023 Call for Abstracts

The Society for Affective Science (SAS) is delighted to announce its call for abstracts to be considered for the 2023 Annual Conference. The conference will be held in an in-person format between March 30th – April 1st, 2023 in Long Beach, California, USA.

Advancing Interdisciplinary Science

In line with our goal to facilitate interdisciplinarity, we welcome submissions from across all domains 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, theater, and more.

Abstract Submissions

Four submission types:

  1. Poster: New Idea – Showcasing a new research idea, complete with planned experimental design(s) and analysis approach(es). Data is not required, but pilot data for proof of concept is welcome. Work already pre-registered in another platform is admissible. New theoretical contributions are also welcome in this category.
  2. Poster: New Results – Showcasing the latest findings in affective science based on quantitative and/or qualitative data collected and analyzed. We welcome and encourage preliminary work!
  3. Flash Talk – Showcasing the latest findings based on quantitative and/or qualitative data already collected and analyzed or new theoretical contributions in affective science. Both junior and senior researchers are eligible to deliver a flash talk.
  4. Symposium – Set of talks providing an in-depth perspective on individual research areas/topics within affective science. Sessions can be comprised of 3 talks with a discussant or 4 talks. All symposia must be chaired.
  • All single-presenter submissions (posters and flash talks) will require a 1600-character abstract for evaluation and a brief 400-character summary for the conference program.
  • Symposium abstracts will require an overview abstract of 1600-characters for evaluation and a brief 400-character summary of the session for the program. Each individual abstract within the symposium will require individual 1600-character abstracts of each talk for evaluation and brief 400-character summaries for the conference program. Each contributor can decide if their submission should be considered as flash talk or poster in case the symposium is declined. The symposium chair is expected to compile all information for submission.
  • Note: All character counts include spaces and indicate the maximum length. Detailed abstract submission instructions are posted below in Author Instructions.
  • No fee to submit an abstract. The fee structure for conference registration will be announced on the website by mid-December 2022

We encourage submissions from authors at all career stages.

Submission Deadline

Abstracts must be submitted by Friday, December 2nd, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. Baker Island Time (BIT; UTC-12 — last time zone on earth) to be considered for inclusion in the program.

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 presenting author can submit a maximum of TWO abstracts, regardless of track – Poster: New Idea, Poster: New Results, Thematic Flash Talk, and Symposium. Abstracts submitted by the same presenter must reflect two different research projects. There is no abstract limit for non-presenting authors.
  3. 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.
  4. Proofread your submission! All accepted submission summaries will be posted, as-is, on the secure SAS website (accessible to conference registrants only).. The SAS Program Committee reserves the right to make editorial corrections to the submitted abstract if necessary. SAS is not responsible for author errors.
  5. 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 Podium Conference Services at
  6. Please consider submitting well in advance of the deadline!
  1. All New Ideas (Posters only) 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)
    •  OPTIONAL: References
    • Submissions must include the planned sample size of each study.
  2. All New Results (Poster or Flash Talk) 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)
    • OPTIONAL: 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.”

All Symposium submissions MUST include

  • Title of symposium
  • Chair and co-chair (if desired) of symposium
  • Presenting author (s). Please note: co-authors will not be submitted initially. Once an abstract is accepted, co-author information will need to be entered/provided.
  • Discussant of the symposium (only relevant for symposia with 3 talks)
  • Title for each talk
  • For review (1600 characters-including spaces)
      • An overall symposium summary with a maximum of 1600-characters (including spaces)
      • Up to 4 (minimum of 3) individual talk abstracts each with a maximum of 1600-characters (including spaces)
        • Individual talk abstracts to include:
          • Background
          • Aims framing the question or problem
          • Methods (including sample size, if relevant)*
          • Results (including at least one statistic, if relevant)*
          • Conclusions including how the work makes a novel theoretical, methodological, and/or empirical contribution to affective science for each talk.
          • *Abstracts included within a symposium that present theoretical contributions or reflect disciplines which diverge from these reporting standards need not include this information.
  • For the program (400 characters-including spaces):
      • An overall symposium summary for the conference program (this will not be sent for review) with a maximum of 400-characters (including spaces).
      • Up to 4 (minimum of 3) individual talk summaries for the conference program (they will not be sent for review) with a maximum of 400-characters each (including spaces)
  • Once a symposium has been accepted to the conference – further action will be required:
      • Presenting authors of individual talk/abstracts are required to visit an additional portal to provide all co-author information. The individual talk/abstract must be uploaded to this new portal to ensure correct linkage/affiliations. A link to this additional portal will be emailed directly to the Chair/Co-chair of the symposium to share with presenting authors.

Submission Review Process

Abstracts will be evaluated based on scholarly merit by a double-blind peer review process with our Abstract Review Board. Notification of acceptance or rejection of abstracts will be e-mailed to the corresponding author by Mid-January 2023. Presenters must be the first author on the submitted abstract. All presenters must register and are expected to attend the meeting in person in Long Beach.

Submitting to both Preconference and Main Conference

The same abstract may be submitted to the main conference as well as to one of the Preconferences. Also, if your abstract is not accepted to the main conference, you may still submit to the Preconference abstract portal for review (deadline: February 13, 2023). YOU MUST enter your abstract into the Preconference portal in order to be reviewed.

Conference Awards

Poster and Flash Talk abstracts with trainees (i.e., postdoctoral fellow, graduate student, post-baccalaureate, undergraduate student) as the presenting author will be considered for an award, which will be announced at the conference during the closing ceremony.

Publication of Top Ranked Abstracts in Affective Science

Top-ranked abstracts will be invited to submit their abstract for publication in the online supplement of the Journal Affective Science after the conference. Abstracts will undergo a second review process.

Name Affiliation
Abigail Webb University of Glasgow
Ajay Satpute Northeastern University
Amitai Shenhav Brown University
Andrew Peckham Harvard
Anita Deak University of Pécs
Anthony P. Atkinson Durham University
Arielle Baskin-Sommers Yale University
Ashley Ruba University of Wisconsin-Madison
Beaurenaut Morgan PSL Research University
Bethany Teachman University of Virginia
Bianca Monachesi University of Trento
Bridget Waller Nottingham Trent University
Candace Raio New York University
Carlos Crivelli De Montfort University
Carlos Ventura-Bort University of Potsdam
Carolyn Parkinson UCLA
Catherine Pelachaud Sorbonne University
Christian Cecconi Sapienza Università di Roma
Chunming Lu Beijing Normal University
Claudia Haase Northwestern University
Coppin Geraldine UniDistance Suisse
Daisuke Ueno Kyoto University
Daniel Lim Adelphi University
Daniel Sznycer Oklahoma State University
David Clewett UCLA
David S March Florida State University
David Sander University of Geneva
Debbie Yee Brown University
Domicele Jonauskaite University of Vienna
Dusti R Jones Penn State University
Dylan Gee Yale University
Elizabeth L Davis UC Riverside
Ella Moeck The University of Melbourne
Eva Krumhuber University College London
Eva R Pool University of Geneva
Fan Yang University of Chicago
Guillaume Dezecache Université Clermont Auvergne
Haran Sened University of Haifa
Ivan Grahek Brown University
Jamie Hanson University of Pittsburgh
Jenna Rieder Thomas Jefferson University
Jennifer Turner Penn State University
Jolie Wormwood University of New Hampshire
Joseph Dunsmoor University of Texas at Austin
Jun Ni Beijing Normal University
Justin Minue Kim Sungkyunkwan University
Kaitlyn Werner University of Pennsylvania
Kateri McRae University of Denver
Katherine Thorson Columbia University
Kevin LaBar Duke University
Lameese Eldesouky American University in Cairo
Leonie Koban Paris Brain Institute, CNRS
Lisa A. Williams UNSW Sydney
Maciej behnke Adam Mickiewicz university
Magdalena Rychlowska Queen’s University
Mariann Weierich University of Nevada Reno
Martha Ann Bell Virginia Tech
Michelle (Lani) Shiota Arizona State University
Monica Perusquia-Hernandez University of Essex
Monika Lohani University of Utah
Nicole Giuliani University of Oregon
Oriana R Aragon Clemson University
Philip Kragel Emory University
Piercarlo Valdesolo Claremont McKenna College
Pilleriin Sikka Stanford University
Rachael Jack University of Glasgow
Rachel Aaron Johns Hopkins University
Rachel Low Auckland University of Technology
Rista Plate University of Pennsylvania
Roxana Girju University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Shuo Wang Washington University in St. Louis
Virginia Sturm UC San Francisco
Vladimir Kosonogov HSE University
Xi Liu North Carolina State University
Xiaolin Zhou Peking University
Yafeng Pan Zhejiang University
Yang Hu East China Norma University
Yukiko Uchida Kyoto University


For questions or issues, please contact Sharon Zwack at Podium Conferences.

On behalf of the entire Program Committee, we are looking forward to seeing you at the conference!

Jonas Everaert and Yael Millgram (Abstract Co-Chairs)

Andrea Samson and Liz da Silva (Program Co-Chairs)

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