CERE2018-Archive – Conference Events & Schedule

Please download the CERE 2018 brochure here for details of the schedule


Download the FULL program of abstracts here

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Download a list of all symposia, open paper, and poster TITLES here

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Download an at-a-glance overview of the conference here

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**Please note that the program is subject to change**


A Welcome Drinks Reception will be held on the first night (Wednesday, April 4, 2018) from 19:00pm to  20:00pm in Glasgow City Chambers on George Square in the City Centre. Dress code is smart casual. Entry to the reception will be by conference badge and is included in the registration fee.

City Chambers


On the last night (19:30 pm – midnight, Thursday April 5 2018) there will be a 3-course hot dinner (buffet), drinks reception, and Ceilidh (traditional Scottish dancing) at Òran Mór in the West End. Attendance is an additional fee of £50. Come dressed comfortably to join in the ceilidh!

Òran Mór

Keynote Speakers 

Prof. Batja Mesquita

Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences – Social and Cultural Psychology Unit, KU Leuven, Belgium

TALK TITLE: Emotional Acculturation: Emotions as Gateways to Minority Inclusion

People learn to have emotions that fit the values central to their own culture, and that benefit the types of relationships that are valued in that culture. By sharing the emotions of the culture, individuals align themselves –often unwittingly– with the values of their groups and cultures. Thus, cultural variations in emotional phenomena are best understood as a function of culturally normative relationship goals that tell individuals how to feel, when to feel and why to feel. Considered this way, having the “right” emotions is a key social competence in achieving belongingness, fit and wellbeing. In this talk I present research on emotional acculturation, and its consequences for belongingness, fit, and wellbeing of immigrant minorities. I will also discuss how our insights on emotional acculturation may inform interventions to improve the belongingness and wellbeing of immigrant minorities.


Prof. Stacy Marsella

College of Computer and Information Science; Psychology, Northeastern University, USA; Institute of Neuroscience & Psychology, University of Glasgow, UK

Stacy C. Marsella

TALK TITLE: Affective Computing and its Consumer and Producer Relationship to Emotion Research

Affective Computing is a branch of computer science that explores technologies related to emotion, including how to recognize, simulate, influence and express human emotion and related affective phenomena. Research in affective computing is making systems capable of adapting to and influencing a human user’s emotional state, including user interfaces, games, health interventions and tutoring systems. At a more ambitious extreme, the research has also led to virtual humans, human facsimiles of people, capable of inferring a user’s emotion, influencing it as well as expressing its own simulated emotion. As major corporations have significantly increased expenditures on these technologies, they will likely have an increasingly powerful impact on our everyday lives.

Throughout its short history, affective computing research has leveraged psychological theories, methods and results. Theories about the expression of emotion have informed the design of technologies to recognize emotions from facial expressions. Theories about the causes of emotion have influenced the design of computational models that simulate emotion processes. Conversely, psychology is increasingly leveraging technologies coming out of affective computing. Notably, software to recognize facial actions has been applied to facial expression research and virtual humans have been used in experiments as confederates whose behavior is both contingent while still being highly controllable.

At the same time, this relation between psychology and affective computing has raised not only interesting opportunities to leverage each other but also challenges for both fields. When the assumptions of a theory form the basis of a technology, its resulting performance becomes one way to explore those assumptions. When multiple theories are brought together to build the components of a complex technology like a virtual human, spanning perception, cognition, emotion and behavior, questions need to be addressed as to how the components interact, questions not frequently addressed in psychology.

In this talk, I will give an overview of affective computing by touching on a few key examples of the research being conducted. In the process, I will highlight how the work has leveraged psychology as well as the psychological issues and questions the research raises.


Symposia Titles 

  • Affect recognition in humans versus machines: current issues and future challenges
  • Affective social learning: process, context and development
  • Cross-linguistic and/or cross-cultural communication of emotion
  • Culture and emotion: their interplay at different levels of analysis
  • Deadly sins revisited: a new look at the social nature of envy, pride, and greed
  • Dispatch from the ERC cream project: four new software tools to manipulate audio emotional signals in cognitive psychology and neuroscience research
  • Emotions and emerging technologies: internet-of-things, virtual reality, robots and more
  • Facial displays and their challenge to basic emotion theories
  • Facial expression and emotional mimicry in social interaction
  • Intrapersonal and interpersonal functions of crying
  • Learning about emotional expression through intentional communication
  • Neurochemistry of affect: the role of the opioid system
  • New directions on moral emotions: their expression, interpretation, and significance
  • New insights into the interplay between emotion and motivation: how emotions and affect impact and reflect motivation
  • New insights into disgust sensitivity
  • Relations between emotion, attention, psychopathology and the brain