SESP Relationships Preconference


The Attraction and Relationships Preconference to the annual meeting of the Society of Experimental Social Psychology will be held on Thursday, October 4, 2018.

The preconference will include a diverse set of talks on attraction and relationship processes, and an outside perspective keynote from Susan Fiske!

When and Where:

The preconference will be held Thursday, October 4, 2018 at Grand Hyatt Seattle (Princessa II room).

2018 Schedule:

We have a stellar line up of talks for 2018. You don’t want to miss them!

8:30-9:00     Breakfast

9:00-9:05     Welcome

9:05-9:45     Paul Eastwick: The Relationship Trajectories Framework: A Tool for Conceptualizing the Full Time Course of a Relationship

9:45-10:25   David Sbarra: Divorce and Health: From Basic Science to Intervention Targets

10:25-10:45  Break

10:45-11:25    Sandra Murray:  Creating Order from Chaos:  The Social-Certainty-Security System

11:25-12:25     ‘Outside Perspective’ Keynote Susan Fiske:  My Long Affair with Interdependence

Every year we invite a keynote speaker from outside the relationship area to connect with important advancements in psychological science and gain fresh perspectives on attraction and close relationships processes. We are thrilled to be hosting Susan Fiske in 2018. Susan Fiske is Eugene Higgins Professor of Psychology and Professor of Public Affairs at Princeton University Susan Fiske. Her pioneering theoretical and empirical contributions to social psychology have important implications for understanding dynamics within interdependent relationships, including her work on social cognition, status, power, prejudice, gender and intergroup relations.

12:30-1:45   Lunch

1:45-2:25   Lisa Diamond: Variability in sexual attraction – day to day, gender to gender – what does it mean for identity, relationships, and well-being?

2:25-2:40   Break

2:40-3:20   Marci Gleason: As if Being Married Wasn’t Hard Enough: Support, Empathy, and Closeness across the Transition to Parenthood

3:20-4:00   Benjamin Karney: How Socioeconomic Context Moderates, and Sometimes Flips, Conventional Wisdom in Relationship Science

4:00-4:10    Closing Remarks


Conference Organizers:

Jim McNulty[email]

Nickola Overall[email]

You can register for the preconference via the main SESP conference site:

SESP Conference Site


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