Cross-Cutting Theme Programs

Leading researchers from across psychological science’s sub-disciplines come together to discuss current topics, bringing insight from their particular fields, in these featured programs. They are accompanied by submitted posters related to the theme topic, which are scheduled together in a poster session. The theme programs will be held on Friday and Saturday.

Psychological Science and Policy

Friday, May 24
9:00 AM-11:50 AM
Thurgood Marshall Ballroom North

This Cross-Cutting Theme Program will highlight the work of leading psychological and behavioral scientists who have played influential roles in bringing scientific research to bear on environmental, health, nutrition, and education policy. An integrative panel discussion will critically examine strategies for bringing research findings to the attention of policy makers.

Psychological Science and Policy Theme Posters will be presented in Poster Session IV on Friday, May 24 at 1:00 PM-2:00 PM in the APS Exhibit Hall.

Christina A. Roberto, University of Pennsylvania
Karina Davidson, Feinstein Institute for Medical Research/ Northwell Health
David M. Clark, University of Oxford, United Kingdom*
Elke Weber,
Princeton University
Linda Steg,
University of Groningen, Netherlands
David Yokum, Brown University

*Note: David M. Clark is unable to attend in person. His presentation will be delivered by pre-recorded video.


Me, My Phone, and I

Friday, May 24
1:00 PM-3:20 PM
Thurgood Marshall Ballroom North

Smartphone technology has integrated every aspect of our lives. This technology broadens our abilities to communicate and organize, but all technologies have associated costs. This Cross-Cutting Theme Program explores the impact of smartphone use, discussing both the benefits and downsides for ourselves and our relationships.

Me, My Phone, and I Theme Posters will be presented in Poster Session II on Friday, May 24 at 9:00 AM-10:00 AM in the APS Exhibit Hall.

Arko Ghosh, Leiden University, The Netherlands
Ethan F. Kross, University of Michigan*
Tracy A. Dennis-Tiwary, Hunter College, The City University of New York

*Note: Ethan F. Kross is unable to attend in person. His presentation will be delivered by power point slides.


Artificial Intelligence and Psychological Science

Saturday, May 25
9:00 AM-11:50 AM
Thurgood Marshall Ballroom North

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has advanced enormously in the last decade and continues to do so rapidly. In this Cross-Cutting Theme Program, speakers will discuss how AI research can inform both the mind and brain sciences. They will also describe how Psychological Science can inform and contribute to shaping the future of AI.

Artificial Intelligence and Psychological Science Theme Posters will be presented in Poster Session IX on Saturday, May 25 at 1:00 PM-2:00 PM in the APS Exhibit Hall.

Leslie Kaelbling, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
David Sussillo, Google Brain
Nikolaus Kriegeskorte, Columbia University
Josh Tenenbaum, Massachusetts Institute of Technology