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Pre-Conferences and Workshops

The 2017 SAS Annual Conference will feature three pre-conferences and one workshop, all of which will take place on Thursday, April 27, 2017. The cost to register will be $95 for students or $125 for faculty. Sign up on the conference registration portal by clicking here https://society-for-affective-science.org/reg/. Participation is limited, so register soon!  

Click on the pre-conference or workshop below to find out more details!

Positive Emotions Pre-Conference

Brain Camp Workshop

Pre-Conference: Integrated Multi-Level Approaches to Psychosocial Processes and Health

Pre-Conference on Affective Computing

 


Thursday, April 27, 2017
8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Pre-Conference: Integrated Multi-Level Approaches to Psychosocial Processes and Health
Chairs: George Slavich & Michael Irwin, UCLA

Invited Speakers:
George Church (Harvard University/MIT), Ian Gotlib (Stanford University), Anil Sood (MD Anderson Cancer Center), Laura Kubzansky (Harvard University), Michael Snyder (Stanford University), Janine Simmons (NIMH), Paige Green (NCI), and Lisa Onken (NIA)

Meeting Overview:
The development of new tools for measuring the activity of neural and peripheral systems in the human body is beginning to revolutionize research on psychosocial processes and health. Whereas studies on social, psychological, and affective processes were once limited to one or two levels of analysis, research is now beginning to integrate across multiple levels to elucidate the full set of neural, physiologic, immunologic, molecular, genetic, and genomic mechanisms linking social-environmental experiences with human health and behavior. These studies have the ability to inform the development of new theories on important topics, but numerous challenges also exist.

This meeting will explore these opportunities and challenges by bringing together some of the brightest minds in integrated, multi-level research today. The meeting will include invited talks on cutting-edge approaches to studying mental health, cardiovascular disease, cancer, and aging, given by several renowned investigators including Drs. George Church (Harvard University/MIT), Ian Gotlib (Stanford University), Anil Sood (MD Anderson Cancer Center), and Laura Kubzansky (Harvard University). A pioneer in integrated, multi-level research, Dr. Michael Snyder (Stanford University), will describe the relevance of this work for “precision health,” and NIH program officers including Janine Simmons (NIMH), Paige Green (NCI), and Lisa Onken (NIA) will discuss current and future NIH funding priorities on these topics. Finally, a selection of short flash talks will be presented by faculty and students from across the country.

More detailed information is available here.  Space for this meeting is very limited. To secure your spot, Register Today!

 

Thursday, April 27, 2017
9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Positive Emotions Pre-Conference

Chairs: Christopher Oveis, Sara Algoe, and Jennifer Stellar

The 4th Annual SAS Positive Emotions Pre-Conference will feature state-of-the-science research on positive emotions. The past three years have been a resounding success, with attendees who span scientific disciplines and career status. This year’s speakers include Maya Tamir, Shelly Gable, Jennifer Stellar, Keely Muscatell, Greg Bryant, and Mike Norton. David DeSteno will give the keynote address. In addition to showcasing excellent recent work on positive emotions, the program aims to promote new connections and collaboration between attendees.

Two key features of the day are our short talks and posters, which highlight high quality positive emotion science from faculty and trainees.  We are eager to hear what you have been up to, and look forward to seeing you in Boston!

See a detailed schedule here.


Thursday, April 27, 2017
9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Brain Camp Workshop
Chair: Lisa Feldman Barrett

In the Brain Camp 2017 Workshop, we will cover new discoveries about the structure and function of the human brain, situated in its evolutionary context.  We will cover basic concepts of brain structure  (e.g., small world architecture with rich club hubs, the cytoarchitecture of the cortical sheet, etc.) and examine how these anatomical details provide new insights into how the brain creates the mind using inference and predictive coding theories of brain function.   We will learn just what kind of human mind our brains can, and cannot, create, providing clear and somewhat surprising constraints on which affective science theories are viable, and which are not.   Using a modern evolutionary perspective, we will explore how our brains are similar to and different from other animal brains, providing insights on just which psychological processes we share with other animals, and which are unique to our species. We will also focus on the ways in which this new perspective is generative and opens up new avenues of investigation into the role of affect in a variety of phenomena, and more generally, how the human mind works.


Thursday, April 27, 2017
9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Pre-Conference on Affective Computing
Chair: Jonathan Gratch and Stefan Scherer, University of Southern California

The Affective Computing Pre-Conference will feature state-of-the-science research on computational techniques for understanding, recognizing and shaping human emotion, and emphasize ways to strengthen interdisciplinary connections between the computational and human sciences of emotion. Invited speakers will discuss the latest research on computational methods, and on how methods can transform research in affective science. 

A complete schedule is available here