29th APS Annual Convention: Mark Your Calendar (Boston, MA, USA - May 25-28, 2017)

Cross-Cutting Theme Programs

The Psychology of Violence

Friday, May 23 9:00 AM – 11:45 AM

Continental Ballroom 1-3

Violence is one of the most inexplicable mysteries of modern human behavior. What has psychology learned over the past decades in the etiology of violent behavior, what are predictors of who will harm others or themselves, and what can evolutionary approaches teach us about our violent ancestral past and the potential for change?

See posters related to this theme program in Poster Session V.
Adrian Raine, University of Pennsylvania, Keynote
, Harvard University
David A. Pizarro, Cornell University
, University of Virginia, Distinguished Speaker

Presidential Cross-Cutting Theme Program

Science and Technology


Friday, May 23 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Continental Ballroom 1-3

Psychological research and the technology industry mutually inform and influence each other, but rarely do these two worlds meet to engage in open dialogue. This cross-cutting theme program features scientists and industry leaders organized around three subthemes: behavioral genetics, mobile sensing, and social networks. We pose the questions, how can scientists take advantage of rapid technological advances, and how can technology harness what social scientists know about human behavior?


Behavioral Genetics
David Cesarini, New York University
S. Alexandra Burt, Michigan State University
Aaron Kleinman, 23andMe


Mobile Sensing
Andrew T. Campbell, Dartmouth College
Rosalind W. Picard, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Matthias R. Mehl, University of Arizona


Social Networks
Megan A. Moreno, University of Washington
Ethan F. Kross, University of Michigan
Arturo Bejar, Facebook

Ellen Konar, Mindset Works, Discussant

Big Data: Understanding Patterns of Human Behavior

Saturday, May 24 9:00 AM – 12:25 PM

Imperial Ballroom B

With rapid advances in technology how can psychological science exploit the mountains of information stemming from technology, and what can psychological science teach those developing the technology to optimize the human experience? In this wide-ranging program speakers will describe how they have harnessed technological advances to understand human behavior, and what the promises and pitfalls may be.

See posters related to this theme program in Poster Session XI.

Michael N. Jones, Indiana University
Tanzeem Choudhury, Cornell University
Brian D’Onofrio, Indiana University
Susan Dumais, Microsoft
Tal Yarkoni, University of Texas


Changing Neurobiology With Behavior

Saturday, May 24 1:00 PM – 3:45 PM

Imperial Ballroom B

Psychological science often starts with the premise that our neurobiological milieu shapes and influences our behavioral responses. This cross-cutting theme program reverses those causal arrows to explore how behavior—from life experiences to cognitive training to mindfulness attention—can modify underlying biological structure, thus highlighting the bidirectional nature of experiences and biology.

See posters related to this theme program in Poster Session XIII.

Darlene D. Francis, University of California, Berkeley
R. Alison Adcock, Duke University
Daphne Bavelier, University of Geneva, Switzerland
Amit Etkin, Stanford University