Featured Convention Speakers

Join the entire convention delegation each evening to hear from prominent psychological scientists.

Keynote Speaker Lynn Nadel

Fred Kavli Keynote Address

Making and Remaking Memory: Past, Present and Future

Lynn Nadel, The University of Arizona

Thursday, May 24, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Lynn Nadel will give this year’s Fred Kavli Keynote Address. A fellow of APS and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Lynn Nadel’s scientific exploration of the hippocampus has led to groundbreaking developments in understanding how space and memory are represented in the brain. He coauthored the seminal book The Hippocampus as a Cognitive Map with John O’Keefe. Together, they received the 2006 Grawemeyer Award.


APS President Suparna RajaramPresidential Symposium

Memory: From Neurons to Nations

Suparna Rajaram, Stony Brook University, The State University of New York (Chair)

Friday, May 25, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

APS President Suparna Rajaram brings together four distinguished psychological scientists to speak about the nature of memory from a variety of perspectives that include cognitive, neuroscientific, cultural, and developmental approaches for this year’s Presidential Symposium.

Dorthe Berntsen, Aarhus University, Denmark; Charan Ranganath, University of California, Davis; Henry L. Roediger, III, Washington University in St. Louis; Qi Wang, Cornell University


Bring The Family Speaker Jennifer RichesonBring the Family Address

The Paradox of Diversity: Promise, Pitfalls, and Implications for Racial Progress

Jennifer Richeson, Yale University

 Saturday, May 26, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

APS Fellow and Past Board Member Jennifer Richeson will deliver the 2018 Bring the Family Address. She has received numerous honors and awards for her research focusing on the social psychological phenomena of cultural diversity and social group membership. A Guggenheim Fellow and a MacArthur Genius Fellow, Richeson has used a broad range of empirical methods to examine the potential cognitive “costs” and mutual misperceptions associated with intergroup interactions. Richeson was also the subject of the 2016 Inside the Psychologist’s Studio. Watch it here. 

Convention attendees are encouraged to bring their family members and other guests to hear her speak.