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Summer Psychology Forum 2019

Big Data in Personality and Social Psychology Summer Psychology Forum

In this two-day forum, which will combine elements of a scientific conference and a hands-on workshop, we will address issues of (a) data acquisition, including means of harvesting data from Twitter and other social media platforms as well as mobile technologies such as smartphones and wearables, (b) data analysis, including techniques for semantic analysis, feature-extraction, spatial analysis, and machine learning, and (c) data interpretation, including theoretical applications to the study of individual differences, social influence, social network structure and function, and other traditional and nontraditional areas of social, personality, and political psychology.

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Friday, August 2

1:00 pm        Registration Open

5:00 pm        Welcome Reception, Poster Session

6:30 pm        Keynote: Jeff Hancock, Stanford University


Saturday, August 3

8:30 am        Keynote: Maarten Bos, Snap Inc.

10:00 am      Break

10:30 am      Data Blitz

Noon            Lunch

1:30 pm        Workshops (Natural Language Processing, Social Network Analysis)

3:30 pm        Break

4:00 pm        Keynote: Gabriella Harari, Stanford

5:30 pm        Reception, Poster Session


Sunday, August 4

8:30 am        Workshops (Machine Learning, Geographic Analysis)

10:30 am      Keynote: Jamie Pennebaker, University of Texas-Austin


Abstracts for posters and data blitz presentations are open now through April 1, 2019 at 11:59 PM ET.

Presentations should be on topics that lend themselves to the big data methods being discussed, but it is not necessary to have used them in your research to be a presenter.

Click here to download information about submitting.



Teacher/Scholar Registration Award

The Society for Personality and Social Psychology will offer a limited number of Teacher/Scholar registration awards to support the participation of non-student members who teach and work exclusively with undergraduate students to attend the 2019 Summer Psychology Forum. Apply by April 1, 2019 at 11:59 PM EDT.



Graduate Registration Award

The Society for Personality and Social Psychology will offer a limited number of awards to support graduate students registering for the 2019 Summer Psychology Forum. Apply by April 1, 2019 at 11:59 PM EDT.



Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark

Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark, 1 South Broadway, Saint Louis, Missouri

Room Rates: $149, plus current tax

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Interested in sponsoring the 2019 Forum and having your company exposed to 300 researchers? Contact Brian Riddleberger (


Registration includes full conference access, lunch on Saturday, and access to two evening receptions.

  Early Bird (by July 1) Regular Onsite (if available)
Student $135 $185 $235
Early Career $165 $215 $265
Full/Associate $195 $245 $295
Non-member $245 $295 $345


Registration Payment Policy

Full payment of the registration fee must be made at the time of registration. Payments can be made by credit card (MasterCard, Visa, Discover or American Express) or by check made payable to SPF 2019. Check payments must be received no later than July 5, 2019. To pay by check, download, print and complete the SPF Registration Form and mail it with your payment to: SPSP, Inc. 1120 Connecticut Ave NW, #280 Washington, DC 20036. Cash payments can only be accepted onsite at the Registration Desk.

Registration Confirmation/Meeting Badge

Confirmation of your registration will be sent via email. Please double check spam filters and folders, as confirmations tend to get redirected to these locations. Badges will not be mailed in advance of the meeting; they will be available for pick-up onsite at the Registration Desk. Attendees must wear the official meeting badge at all times and present it for admission to all 2019 SPF events. To minimize the environmental cost of reprints, please remember to wear your badge each day.

Visa Information

Travelers are advised to apply for a visa as early as possible. Please check with your local U.S. consulate or embassy to find out when you may apply for a visa. For security purposes, letters of invitation can only be sent to individuals registered for the 2019 Summer Psychology Forum. To request a letter of invitation, please contact the Registrar at

Note: Registration refunds will not be issued for denied visas after July 5, 2019. View the SPSP cancellation policy below.

Cancellation and Refund Policy

All cancellations and refund requests for the 2019 Summer Psychology Forum must be submitted in writing. For cancellations made by July 5, 2019, your registration fee will be refunded minus a 30% cancellation fee. No refunds will be given for registration cancellations made after July 5, 2019. Cancellation requests must identify the registrant's name, email address, membership type and amount paid. Send cancellation requests to

Substitution Policy

Substitutions are allowed upon approval of written request and replacement registrant must be of the same membership type. Substitution requests must come from the original registrant and include the original registrant's name, membership type and amount paid; it must also include the replacement attendee's email, full name and affiliation. Substitution requests should be sent to


Registration: Sean Terry,

Sponsorship: Brian Riddleberger,

Program Co-Chairs:

John T. Jost
New York University, USA

Sandra Matz
Columbia University, USA

Peter J. Rentfrow
University of Cambridge, UK

Other Questions: Rachel Bader,


If you have questions, email, or call 202-869-3240.

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