Convergence: Connecting Levels of Analysis in Psychological Science
 In the past, our field harbored distinct, and often competing, schools of thought that tackled different problems and produced findings that often appeared to diverge. Today, investigators attack shared problems at complementary levels of analysis and produce results that converge. Studies of people in a social world; mental systems of cognition and emotion; and biological mechanisms of the genome and the nervous system interconnect and yield an integrated psychological science. The APS 23rd Annual Convention displays, and celebrates, these advances in our field.

APS Award Address

Passionate Love: Looking Back and Looking Ahead

Friday, May 25, 2012, 10:00 AM - 10:50 AM
Sheraton Ballroom III

Elaine  C. Hatfield

Elaine C. Hatfield
University of Hawaii, Manoa

Ellen S. Berscheid

Ellen S. Berscheid
University of Minnesota

Elaine Hatfield will be introduced by co-recipient Ellen Berscheid.

In this talk, I trace the history of research on passionate love and sexual desire from the 1960s -- when very little research existed -- to the present. I then glance at how scholars from many disciplines have since waded into these waters and close by making some intrepid predictions about where all this research may be headed in the next 50 years.

Ellen Berscheid and Elaine Hatfield are recipients of the 2012 Association for Psychological Science (APS) William James Fellow Award.

Elaine Hatfield in the news: Marie Claire UK (Nov 9, 2011).

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