Announcing the Eighth Annual SPSP Sexuality Pre-Conference!

October 5, 2020 by Justin Lehmiller

I am pleased to announce the eighth annual SPSP Sexuality Pre-Conference! It will be held next February prior to the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology. Our last seven pre-conferences were wildly successful and we are excited to further build on this tradition, but with a new twist—this will be our first-ever virtual meeting!

The next SPSP Sexuality Pre-Conference will take place on Wednesday, February 10, 2021. The theme will be “the future of sex.”  We selected this theme in order to explore how the nature of sex is changing, and how research on sex and sexuality must evolve to accommodate it. Among the topics that will be highlighted in this pre-conference are how virtual reality technology impacts relationships and the rise of human-machine sexual interaction.

We will have three keynote speakers, who will offer attendees the opportunity to learn about cutting-edge research on a range of topics. Keynotes include:

Bryony ColeCEO, The Future of Sex

Talk title: “Shifting the Lens on Technology: 10 Things Nobody Told You About the Future of Sex”

Simon DubeConcordia University

Talk title: “Erobotics: Or the Study (and Future) of Human-Machine Erotic Interaction”

Dr. Rhonda BalzariniTexas State University

Talk title: “Keeping the Spark Alive: How Couples Maintain Satisfying Sexual Relationships Over Time”

As in previous years, there will be a sex data blitz in which a selected group of pre-conference attendees (advanced graduate students and faculty) will present some of their latest research findings in brief. This is always one of the highlights of the day! There will also be a symposium featuring longer talks, as well as a breakout session in which attendees can get together to discuss specialty topics (attendees will have the opportunity to choose from a list of breakout sessions).

To learn more about this exciting pre-conference, including information on registering and/or submitting a proposal for the data blitz or symposium, please visit this site.

If you’re already planning to attend SPSP, this is a great way to add some sex research to your program. And if you’re a sex educator, researcher, or therapist who doesn’t normally attend SPSP, this pre-conference is a great excuse to come check it out!

Although you do not need to register for the main SPSP conference in order to attend our pre-conference, we encourage you to attend both because your pre-conference attendance entitles you to a discount on registration for the main conference.

Hope to “see” you in February for a fantastic day of cutting-edge sex research! #SexAtSPSP #SPSP2021

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Dr. Justin Lehmiller
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Dr. Justin Lehmiller is a social psychologist and Research Fellow at The Kinsey Institute. He runs the Sex and Psychology blog and podcast and is author of the popular book Tell Me What You Want. Dr. Lehmiller is an award-winning educator, and a prolific researcher who has published more than 50 academic works.

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