Welcome to the Nonverbal Preconference!

Scheduled date:

Thursday, January 19, 2017

We are proud to announce the sixth year of the SPSP Nonverbal Preconference! This year’s preconference will continue in the tradition of previous years to celebrate the interdisciplinary nature of the study of nonverbal communication. This event will feature four invited talks from accomplished nonverbal scholars, in addition to competitively selected brief talks and posters.  Researchers are invited to contribute paper proposals in the data blitz format of SPSP, with talks ranging 8-10 minutes in length. We look forward to bringing together scholars from different backgrounds in order to facilitate communication and collaboration!  Preconference details will be primarily hosted on SPSP’s website, but please send brief talk and poster submissions via the submissions link on this site. The deadline for submissions has been extended to December 1, 2016.


Keynotes by Jeffrey Cohn (University of Pittsburgh), Ursula Hess (Humboldt University, Berlin), Dacher Keltner (University of California, Berkeley), and Valerie Manusov (University of Washington)

Competitively selected brief talks and posters

Breakfast, lunch, and coffee breaks to facilitate networking opportunities and research collaborations

The submission portal for posters and talks is open. See link above. The deadline for submissions is December 1, 2016.

This year, all preconference registrations will be handled through the Society for Personality and Social Psychology registration portal. Please register here. Advanced registration is recommended because space is limited. If you have any questions regarding the preconference, feel free to contact us. We look forward to seeing you in San Antonio!


Sally Farley and Judy Hall
Preconference Organizers



8:00 – 8:45 a.m.: Check-In and Registration

8:45 – 9:00 a.m.: Introductory Remarks: Sally Farley

9:00 – 9:45 a.m.: Ursula Hess, Humboldt University, Berlin:

The Role of Context in the Social Signal Value of Emotions”

9:45 – 10:25 a.m.: Dacher Keltner & Alan Cowen, University of California, Berkeley:

Advances in the Understanding of Emotional Expression: Toward a Science of the Grammar of Social Living”

10:30 – 10:45 a.m.: Coffee break

10:45am – 12:00 p.m.: Brief talks

12:00 – 12:45 p.m.: Lunch (included in registration)

12:50 – 1:50 p.m.: Brief talks

1:50 – 2:50 p.m.: Poster Session (overlaps with coffee break)

2:30 – 2:50 p.m.: Coffee break

2:50 – 3:30 p.m.: Valerie Manusov, University of Washington:

Talking about Nonverbal Communication: How Media Discourse Reveals Beliefs about Unspoken Behavior”

3:35 – 4:15 p.m.: Jeffrey Cohn, University of Pittsburgh, & Robotics Institute, CMU:

Automated Face Analysis and Synthesis for Research and Clinical Use”

4:15 – 4:30 p.m.: Closing Remarks: Judy Hall

Partial funding provided by Springer Science+Business Media, publishers of the Journal of Nonverbal Behavior.