Scientists who study affective phenomena will soon have a place to interact, collaborate, and share their science with colleagues. A new society — The Society for Affective Science (SAS) — has been organized for the purpose of encouraging basic and applied research on emotions, moods, and other motivational states.
SAS President and APS Fellow James Gross, Stanford University, says the society was founded “as a response to a widely felt desire for a scientific society that would bring together many different fields, within psychology and beyond, that are examining affective phenomena.”
Members will get their first chance to interact with fellow scientists at SAS’s Inaugural Conference to be held April 23–26, 2014, in Bethesda, Maryland. Charter members expect that the conference will attract scientists from psychology, medicine, neuroscience, computer science, law, economics, anthropology, linguistics, sociology, and business.
“The guiding premise of this society,” say Gross, “is that human and nonhuman affective phenomena — including emotions, moods, and other motivated states — transcend traditional disciplinary differences in emphasis and focus, and that a collaboration across disciplinary lines will accelerate scientific discoveries and the accumulation of knowledge in a range of topics and fields.”
Gross also hopes that consumers of affective science — journalists, teachers, industry, museums, government, and the general public — will benefit from the SAS’s work.
Joining Gross on SAS’s Executive Committee are APS Fellows and current APS Board Members Lisa Feldman Barrett, Northeastern University, and Wendy Berry Mendes, University of California, San Francisco.