About & FAQs

It is here at last! We Believe…in SCP 2022! And you should too…

Lyrics and editing by Kelly Goldsmith; Performed by Jim Mourey; Starring some of the many people who contributed to this year’s SCP Conference!

Welcome to SCP 2022 and the celebration of SCP’s 60th Anniversary!

Since we cannot be together in person, we have made some changes to the typical virtual format. Each session was carefully curated to connect scholars with a shared interest in a specific topic (see FAQs below on exactly how this was done). Each session was placed in one of ten tracks with three other sessions on related topics of interest. This design allows SCP to offer ten unique “conferences-within-the-conference”. We believe this will leverage the capabilities of a virtual conference and make it easier for you to connect with other scholars in your area and find their work. 

Here is a description of the thematically-linked content in each session:

  • Four 10-minute Competitive Paper presentations
  • Discussant reflections & MC-led Q&A
  • Two 5-minute Flash Talks
  • Brief 1-minute Poster research question overviews
  • Further group discussion on session theme 

Also featured in this year’s conference

  • Keynotes addresses from Jennifer Aaker (Stanford University) & Ayelet Fishbach (University of Chicago)
  • Presidential session hosted by Geeta Menon (New York University)
  • Students–get your career off to the right start with guidance from the Doctoral Consortium (with Anastasiya Pocheptsova Ghosh, University of Arizona & Lawrence Williams, University of Colorado Boulder)
  • Brush up and learn about the latest technical skills in the Research Skills Workshop (with Ashlee Humphreys, Northwestern University & Mathew Isaac, Seattle University)
  • Celebrate SCP’s 60 Year Anniversary with special guests and opportunities to connect with colleagues (lead by social chairs: Jordan Etkin, Duke & Szu-chi Huang, Stanford & Mary Steffel, Northeastern University)
  • Awards for Best Talk and Best Poster for every track…determined by YOU! Come to sessions and vote!

You might have noticed that we did some things a little differently for this year’s virtual conference. If you are curious about some of these decisions, we have listed some FAQs below. (We won’t take it personally if you are not at all curious.)

For more information on how to register for the conference, click here.

We look forward to seeing you on March 3-5, 2022!

Ellie Kyung (University of Pennsylvania), Kelly Goldsmith (Vanderbilt University), & Manoj Thomas (Cornell University)



Why are there no symposia sessions this year?

We eliminated all symposia for several reasons in an effort to make the review process as fair as possible. First, to ensure that every abstract would be evaluated through double-blind review without author names and institutions that could potentially cause bias. Second, to eliminate the advantage where symposia tend to have higher acceptance rates than competitive papers, particularly since this tends to benefit individuals who are already well-networked. Third, to facilitate a format where people can meet scholars in their area that they may not already know. We acknowledge that there are pros and cons to allow for symposia submissions.

So then, how did you put these sessions together?

Every submission was evaluated by 2-3 reviewers from our Program Committee of experienced scholars which included current and former presidents of SCP, ACR, and SJDM, and editors, AEs, and ERB members of JCP, JCR, JMR, and JM. These reviews and the submissions were then evaluated by one of our Session Associate Editors. All of the long abstracts of the submissions selected for presentation in the conference were then text analyzed for relatedness by the eternally awesome Dan Schley and scored for their relatedness to each other. We used these scores to then group Competitive Papers, Flash Talks, and Posters around 40 sessions on timely topics organized into 10 tracks. Our Track Associate Editors then curated our senior scholar discussants and junior scholar MCs who are experts in each topic area to contribute to and assist in guiding the sessions.

What are these Flash Talks?

We have seen Flash Talks executed at SJDM and SCP in the past as a great way to present novel effects in a succinct way that gets the audience thinking. Rather than having a session with just Flash Talks, we have incorporated Flash Talks into every session to give scholars with common interests a chance to meet.

Why are there no poster sessions?

All posters will be posted to session pages several weeks before the conference and sent to all session presenters and co-authors. This will give each poster presenter an opportunity to connect with scholars in their area during the session. We hope that this gives poster presenters more exposure to scholars who might be interested in their work.

Will there be any recordings of the sessions during the conference?

Because the goal is to have interactive discussion where people feel free to connect and ask questions, the conference sessions will not be recorded and no recorded presentations will be permitted. All sessions will be live. Please note that it is against conference policy to record the sessions yourself or take screenshots of other people’s work.

Why are all of the talks (of every variety) shorter this year?

Thirty years of research by TED suggests that the ideal length for a talk is less than 18 minutes. Thus we have designed the conference so that no one person is ever speaking for more than 18 minutes. We have made the session presentations shorter to focus on sharing ideas in a more concise format and giving participants a chance to for discussion and to connect. We acknowledge this is an experiment–you will have to tell us afterwards what you think. 

Why aren’t you giving awards for “Best Competitive Paper” and “Best Working Paper” for the conference?

Rather than having these awards decided by a small committee, we wanted to involve all of you! There will be a “Best Talk” award (for competitive papers and flash talks) and “Best Poster” award for each of the ten tracks of the conference. Links to vote for your favorite talks and posters will be available after the conference begins. Thank you to the Numerical Markers Conference crew for this inspiration.

Why isn’t there a session for talks from the award winners?

Due to constraints with the virtual format and scheduling, all award winners will be announced during the 60th Anniversary Celebration on Friday from 3:30 – 4:30 pm, but they will present in person at SCP 2023 to allow adequate time to plan for appropriate festivities with friends & family!

Why were we asked demographic questions when submitting abstracts and registering for the conference?

Every organization and institution is asking themselves how they can “do better” from a DEI perspective. As behavioral researchers, we should agree that data is necessary to see whether one is “doing better.” You always have the option to decline to answer any questions, but we appreciate as broad participation as possible to help SCP track and understand its membership base over time.

Why did you build your own website for the conference?

Between the three of us, two of us have OCD tendencies. Two of us are incapable of understanding conference schedules that are not in grid format. One of us forgets to attend conference sessions unless there is a calendar invite…or at least claims this as an excuse. All three of us like things to be easy to use–this was our attempt to make the conference user friendly.

Who do I contact if….
  • I have issues with SCP membership or conference registration: Eric Yorkston at e.yorkston@tcu.edu.
  • I have issues with getting into sessions the day of the conference even after I have registered: both scp2022@myscp.org and e.yorkston@tcu.edu.
  • I have any complaints, comments, or observations that I want to share with the conference organizers: scp2022@myscp.org
Why don’t you have a conference theme?

We did initially have a conference theme. It was “Unmasked.” That did not age well. We decided that our new conference theme should be “Research.” Since everything submitted fit with that theme, we decided it wasn’t worth publicizing any further.

Why are the three of you running this conference?

Geeta Menon asked us to. Have you tried saying no to Geeta Menon?

Is there anything else we should be accusing the three of you of while we’re at it?

Probably. If we haven’t done it, we have at least thought of doing it. You know where to find us.