More details to come! Check out the destination page for a sneak peak at Toronto for 2024. We look forward to welcoming you April 10-13, 2024!
In 1936, Kurt Lewin developed his famous equation for predicting human behavior, arguing that behavior is the result of a function of the person in their environment. Nearly a century later, humans have seen rapid changes in nearly every aspect of that environment – most carry around what would have been a supercomputer fifteen years ago in their pocket, have daily contact with individuals that live hundreds or thousands of miles away, and can enter virtual realities or interact with artificial intelligences that are increasingly similar to the “real” thing. This same period, however, has also been marked by environmental instability – a once-in-a-generation mutating pandemic, the looming threat of climate catastrophe, and increasing political polarization which has isolated individuals from one another physically, psychologically, and ideologically.
As social and affective neuroscientists, we have a unique lens through which to examine how environmental factors both at the macro- (e.g., SES, climate risk, political identity) and micro-levels (e.g., individual differences in personality or developmental stage) interact with the person to explain or predict behavior. Recent technological and computing advancements have made social affective neuroscience research more accessible and also more feasible than ever before.
The overarching goal of SANS 2024 is thus to examine the person and their behavior as situated within their larger environment. We take a wide-ranging definition of environment, with a particular emphasis on research that addresses public health considerations and the global factors (e.g., climate, political discourse, economic shifts) that will shape the next century of studying human behavior.
The abstract submission portal for the 2024 conference of the Social and Affective Neuroscience Society is open.
October 9, 2023 Call for Abstracts OPEN (all types)
December 18, 2023 Call for Abstracts CLOSE
January 16, 2024 Abstract Decision Notifications sent
October 9, 2023 Trainee Diversity Travel Award Application OPEN (part of abstract submission)
November 17, 2023 Society Award Applications OPEN (see awards page for more information)
December 18, 2023 Trainee Diversity Travel Award Applications CLOSE
January 9, 2024 Society Award Applications CLOSE
February, 2024 Award Winners Announced
March 12, 2024 Innovation Award Finalists Announced
November 8, 2023 Conference Registration OPEN
March 11, 2024 Last Day to Register at “Early-Bird” Conference Rate
April 2, 2024 Last Day to Register at Regular Conference Rate
November 1, 2023 Draft Conference Program Announced
January 30, 2024 Updated Conference Program Announced
March 24, 2024 Full Conference Program announced
April 10, 2024 Conference Starts
April 13, 2024 Conference Ends
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University of California, Riverside
Elisa Baek, University of Southern California
Richard Lopez, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
João Guassi Moreira, University of California, Los Angeles
Anita Tusche, Queen’s University
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