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.

Artificial Intelligence and Psychological Science

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.

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


Me, My Phone, and I

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.

Tracy A. Dennis-Tiwary, Hunter College, The City University of New York
Eiman Kanjo, Nottingham Trent University, United Kingdom
Arko Ghosh, Leiden University, The Netherlands
Ethan Kross, University of Michigan


Psychological Science and Policy

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.

Russell Burnett, Office of Evaluation Sciences
David Clark, University of Oxford, United Kingdom
Karina Davidson,
Columbia University
Christina A. Roberto,
University of Pennsylvania
Linda Steg,
University of Groningen, Netherlands
Elke Weber,
Princeton University
David Yokum,
Brown University and The Lab @ DC


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