Society for Affective Science call for abstracts


SAS 2021 Call for Abstracts

The Society for Affective Science (SAS) is delighted to announce its call for abstracts to be considered for the 2021 Annual Conference, held in an all-virtual format between April 15-30, 2021. This year’s extended format aims to facilitate international participation and account for schedule adjustments due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Program Highlights

We are excited to announce that this year's invited program includes: 

  • TED-style talks by Lasana Harris, Dacher Keltner, Kristin Lagattuta, Matthew Nock, and Jamil Zaki
  • Flash Talks, Salons and Methods Lunches by Gal Sheppes, Yukiko Uchida, Jessica Lougheed, Derek Isaacowitz, Ralph Adolphs and Lisa Feldman Barrett, covering an exciting array of topics. 


Advancing Interdisciplinary Science

In line with our goal to facilitate interdisciplinarity, we welcome submissions from across the domain 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, and theatre.

Abstract Submissions 

IMPORTANT: Abstracts are changing this year!

  • Highly-ranked submissions will be published in a supplement of our journal Affective Science

    IMPORTANT: This does NOT preclude the work from being submitted/ published as a full paper in any scientific outlet
  • No poster/flash talk distinction! Presenters of accepted abstracts will be offered TWO sessions to deliver a 5-7 minute pre-recorded presentation followed by live Q&A
  • TWO submission types:
  • New Results Showcasing the latest new findings in affective science based on data collected and analyzed. We welcome and encourage preliminary work! 
  • New Idea NEW! Showcasing a new research idea, complete with planned experimental designs and analysis approach(es). Data is not required, other than for proof of concept. Work already pre-registered in another platform is admissible. 
  • Extended abstract format: maximum 1-page PDF, including up to 1 figure
  • No fee to submit an abstract. The fee structure for conference registration is reduced and will be announced soon.

We encourage submissions from authors at all career stages. 

Submission Deadline

Abstracts must be submitted by Thursday, December 10th, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. Baker Island Time (BIT; UTC-12 — last timezone on earth) to be considered for inclusion in the program. 

Submission Review Process 

Abstracts will be evaluated based on scholarly merit by a double-blind peer review process with our Abstract Review Board.


For abstract submissions, please contact the Abstract Committee Chairs, Maria Gendron at and Hongbo Yu at For any other SAS 2021 conference related questions, please contact the Program Chair, Rachael Jack at

For more updates, watch our website and follow us on Twitter (@affectScience)! 


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