SPSP 2014: Preview and Guide

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The Psych Report is headed to Austin for the 15th Annual Meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP). The conference, which runs Thursday through Saturday at the Austin Convention Center, is one of the largest conferences for researchers in personality and social psychology, hosting over 3500 social scientists, 80 symposia, and over 2000 posters.

The Psych Report will be bringing you coverage of the event throughout its three days. Each day we’ll be reporting, digesting, and analyzing the latest big ideas and newest research from veterans in the field as well as up-and-coming researchers.

You’ll find our coverage of the event on our SPSP 2014 page at thepsychreport.com/SPSP2014, and for news updates throughout the day follow us on Twitter @thepsychreport.


With 80 symposia at the conference, deciding what to attend is no small task, and the paradox of choice is looming large. But we’ve done the digging. We’ve put together a selection of symposia organized into 6 unique categories.

Click on the section heads to see the select symposia, or read the full list here.

Big Issues, Big Ideas

9 symposia discussing research surrounding the big social and political issues that face our country today–gender inequality, class and status differences, racism and prejudice, environmental sustainability, among others.

Can’t We all Just Get Along?

With Congress divided and ongoing national debates concerning race and class, research exploring social networks and intergroup relations has the potential to lend a unique perspective to the public discourse. What can Congress, corporations and communities learn from social psychology?

Psychology: The Science

The Presidential Symposium will discuss the ways big data and new technology can impact social and personality psychology, while the Presidential Address will cover how an interdisciplinary approach can benefit the field. In addition to those key events, there are a number of sessions devoted to improving research integrity and methodology.

Psychology and Physical Health

There is a rich intersection between psychology and physical health. These symposia present some of the latest research on how things like positive affect, stress, and social relationships can impact physical health.

Personal Relationships

From parenthood to friendships to sex, these symposia are all about personal relationships.

Of Note

Otherwise uncategorizable, these symposia caught our eye.



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