Welcome to the NVB Preconference!
Thursday, February 26, 2015
We are pleased to announce the fourth annual nonverbal behavior (NVB) preconference at SPSP, which will take place Thursday, February 26 in Long Beach, CA! The preconference will include invited addresses from leaders in the field, brief talks (in the data blitz tradition of SPSP), and a poster session. This preconference offers a unique opportunity to meet others who share your research interests, to network, to present your most recent findings, and to learn what others are doing!
Four invited lectures from accomplished nonverbal scholars from varied disciplines: Norah Dunbar (University of California, Santa Barbara), Derek Isaacowitz (Northeastern University), David Matsumoto (San Francisco State University) and Linda Tickle-Degnen (Tufts University).
Competitively selected brief talks, which offer a chance for researchers and students to present their findings in paper form, as opposed to poster form.
A poster session for individuals preferring this presentation style.
The submission deadline for brief talks and posters is November 30. Posters may be accepted after this date provided space is available. Please go to the submission page to submit your short and long abstracts. Posters to be presented at the SPSP conference may be presented at the nonverbal preconference as well.
This year, registration will be handled through the Society for Personality and Social Psychology registration portal. Please register here. Registration may be available at the door, but the number of registrants will be limited, so advanced registration is strongly encouraged. If you have any questions regarding the preconference, feel free to contact us. We look forward to seeing you in Long Beach!
Sally Farley and Judy Hall
Norah Dunbar received a Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Arizona in 2000. Her research interests include interpersonal deception and nonverbal expressions of power and dominance in interpersonal relationships. Methodologically, she uses behavioral observation techniques to examine verbal and nonverbal communication displays. Dr. Dunbar is working on several projects including studies on improving deception detection accuracy and reducing bias in credibility assessments. Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation and the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity in grants and contracts totaling $6 Million.
Derek Isaacowitz received his PhD in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania in 2001. His work investigates the links between attention and emotion throughout the adult lifespan. He is interested in how individuals of different ages manage their own emotions and recognize emotions in others. He uses a multi-method approach in his research on emotional development across the lifespan. He uses eye tracking to measure gaze patterns towards emotional stimuli, as well as continuous mood measurement and various channels of psychophysiology to assess affective responses to those stimuli. He also employs various behavioral paradigms to assess emotion recognition accuracy and attentional abilities.
David Matsumoto obtained his PhD in Psychology from the University of California at Berkeley. He is a renowned expert in the field of microexpressions, facial expression, gesture, nonverbal behavior, culture and emotion. He has published over 400+ articles, manuscripts, book chapters and books on these subjects and has served on numerous editorial boards. Matsumoto is a Professor of Psychology at San Francisco State University and the Founder and Director of SFSU¹s Culture and Emotion Research Laboratory. The laboratory focuses on studies involving culture, emotion, social interaction and communication. In 2009, Matsumoto was one of the select few to receive the prestigious Minerva Grant; a $1.9 million grant from the US Department of Defense to examine the role of emotions in ideologically-based groups.
Linda Tickle-Degnen is Professor of Occupational Therapy at Tufts University. She holds secondary appointments in Psychology and Cognitive Science. As Director of the Health Quality of Life Lab, she guides multi- and inter-disciplinary research targeted at understanding social functioning, health and wellness in populations living with chronic disease and disability. She studies the health processes and outcomes of nonverbal and verbal communication, cross-cultural health care interactions, interpersonal rapport and stigmatization, and interventions designed to promote participation in meaningful daily life activities. Her current focus is on Parkinson’s disease and the effect of loss of facial expressiveness on social life and health.