Conference Schedule

We are excited to share this static version of the schedule. Participants will get access to an interactive schedule with links to attend each session shortly before the beginning of the conference.

Most main conference events will take place between 10 am and 5 pm EST (4pm and 11 pm CET, 7 am and 2om PST), but there will also be events around these. Most talks will be available to participants to watch on demand if they cannot attend the live sessions and interactive sessions are spread throughout the day to enable people in different time zones to participate. Looking forward to seeing you there!

Sign up for the conference and you will receive a schedule with all links toward each session.

Wednesday, June 9

10:00-10:50 am EST Green Room Opening Address

Life Improvement Science: An Emerging Transdisciplinary Research Area – Falk Lieder

11:00-12:35 pm EST Green Room Introductory Lectures

11:00 - 11:35 Four Accounts of Flourishing as the Aim of Education: A Synthesis – and 10 Remaining Problems – Kristjan Kristjansson

11:40 - 12:05 Effective Altruism: Research Priorities and Opportunities – David Reinstein

12:10 - 12:35 Psychological Change – Kaitlyn Werner

12:35-1:00 pm EST Break

1:00-2:00 pm EST Green Room Keynote Address

Well-Doing: The Sustainable Pursuit of Core Projects – Brian Little

2:00-2:45 pm EST Gather-Town LIS conference social

Main Social Event of the conference

2:45-3:00 pm EST Break

3:00-4:00 pm EST Green Room Key Themes in LIS

3:00 - 3:20 Increasing self-knowledge to motivate positive trait change in the moral domain – Isabel Thielmann

3:20 - 3:40 Building Human Capacities in the Digital Age – Robert McGrath

3:40 - 4:00 Proposing an integrative model of goal pursuit Marina Milyavskaya

Thursday, June 10

4:45-6:00 am EST Green Room Coaching Research Talks and Discussion

4:45 - 5:00 Is digital coaching worth the effort? The effects of a digitized career coaching intervention compared to face-to-face coaching – Katharina Ebner

5:00 - 6:00 Coaching Research and Supporting Optimal Personal Development – Jonathan Passmore

6:00-7:00 am EST Gather-Town Early hours Social “Lunch” Session

8:00-9:50 am EST White Room Participant Organized Question Session

The network of psychology research findings – Host: Anastasia Besika

10:00-12:35 pm EST Green Room Well-doing symposium

10:00 - 10:10 Introduction – Mike Prentice

10:10 - 10:35 Mitigating the risk of prioritizing collective over individual well-being Ken Sheldon

10:40 - 11:05 Thwarted beneficence: Not getting to help lowers mood – Milla Titova

11:10 - 11:35 Talking to strangers: Why you should do it, and why it matters for well-doing – Gillian Sandstrom

11:40 - 12:05 Who are the Most Moral Among Us? – Will Fleeson

12:05 - 12:35 Synthesis & Discussion

12:35 - 1:00 pm EST Break

1:00 - 1:30 pm EST Gather-Town Casual socializing

1:00 - 1:30 pm EST White Room Group social matching (limited to people who signed up)

1:30 - 4:00 pm EST White Room Measuring well-doing: Working Session

1:30-2:30 pm EST Green Room Overcoming environmental ill-doing

1:30 - 1:45 The Impact of Race on Climate Change Risk Assessment – Mikaela de Lemos

1:45 - 2:00 Meating conflict: Toward a model of ambivalence-motivated meat reduction – Shiva Pauer

2:00 - 2:15 (Not) Doing the Right Things for the Wrong Reasons: An Investigation of Consumer Attitudes, Perceptions, and Willingness to Pay for Bio-Based Plastics – Maria V. Zwicker

2:00 - 2:30 Structured decision making to promote deliberative dialogue – Rodrigo Estévez

2:30-2:45 pm EST Break

2:45-4:00 pm EST Green Room Personal growth and goal pursuit

2:45 - 3:00 Improving Human Decision-Making by Discovering Efficient Strategies for Hierarchical Planning – Lovis Heindrich

3:00 - 3:15 A Spoonful of Sugar: Gamification as Means for Enhancing Employee Self-Leadership and Self-Concordance at Work – Richard Oxarart

3:15 - 3:45 Re-skill People to Re-think Structural Change - A View Beyond the Horizon to Overcome Problems due to the Covid-19 Pandemic for States, Companies, and People – Alexandra Hoitz, Laura Sophie Aichroth, Stephanie Schoss

3:45 - 4:00 Personality-Informed Intervention Design: Examining How Trait Regulation Can Inform Efforts to Change Behavior – Robert Rebele

4:10-5:40 pm EST Green Room Discussion Session: Research on Happiness and Well-Being

Aparna Labroo, Zoe Chance, Raj Raghunathan, Ethan Kross, Aaron Ahuvia, Uzma Kahn, and Michal Strahilevitz

6:00-7:00 pm EST Gather-Town After hours Social "Dinner”/ meet up

Friday, June 11

6:00-7:00 am EST Gather-Town Graduate students' “Lunch” Session

7:00-8:00 am EST Green Room Participant Organized Group Discussion Session

What is the most important mechanism that needs to be tackled to avoid that people perceive and exploit (real-life) "Moral Wiggle Room"? - Host: Alina Fahrenwaldt

8:00-9:50 am EST White Room Talks and Interactive Event

Applied improvisation as intervention for a better life – Stefan Scherbaum, Maja Dshemuchadse, Knut Schnell, & Miriam Stein

8:30-9:30 am EST Green Room Participant Organized Meet-Up

How can we work together to support schools (k-12) as catalysts for life improvement science? – Host: Peter Bullock

10:00-12:30 am EST White Room Well-doing research priorities discussion /working session

10:00-11:00 am EST Green Room Important aspects of social interaction and acknowledgement

10:00 - 10:15 A social recognition approach to life improvement: The role of respect and self-respect – Daniela Renger

10:15 - 10:30 Catch Them Doing Things Right - A research-based model for effective positive feedback – Lisa Sansom

10:30 - 10:45 Insufficiently Complimentary?: Underestimating the Positive Impact of Compliments Creates a Barrier to Expressing Them – Xuan Zhao

10:45 - 11:00 People Who Need People (and Some Who Think They Don't): On Compensatory Personal and Social Means of Goal Pursuit – Maxim Milyavsky

11:00-11:10 pm EST Break

11:10-12:10 pm EST Green Room Motivation, mindfulness, and well-being

11:10 - 11:25 Motivational harmony as a link between contextual forces and prosocial behavior – James Cornwell

11:25 - 11:40 Mindfulness: Underlying Thread of Life Improvement Science – Abhishek Tripathi

11:40 - 11:55 Memento Mori: Reflecting on Mortality to Inspire Vitality and Meaning in Life – Jodi Wellman

11:55 - 12:10 Effects of Risk Perception of COVID-19 Epidemic and Mental Health Outcomes: A Moderated Mediation – FENG Zhiyuan

12:30-1:00 pm EST Break

1:00-4:20 pm EST Green Room Personal growth symposium

1:00 - 1:10 Introduction – Falk Lieder

1:10 - 1:35 The logic of universalization guides moral judgment – Fiery Cushman

1:40 - 2:05 The Science of Purpose – Kendall Bronk

2:10 - 2:35 Training for Wisdom: The Illeist Diary Method – Igor Grossmann


2:50 - 3:15 PEACH: A Smartphone App to Change your Personality – Mirjam Stieger

3:20 - 4:20 Coaching Research and Supporting Optimal Personal Development – J. Passmore (recorded)

3:20-3:50 pm EST White Room One on one social matching session (limited to people who signed up)

6:00-7:00 pm EST Gather-Town Graduate students' “Dinner” Session

Saturday, June 12

6:00-7:00 am EST Gather-Town Early hours Social “Lunch” Session

9:30-10:00 am EST White Room Participant Organized Focus Group:

Collaborating in Interdisciplinary Research in Psychology and Philosophy – Host: Abhishek Tripathi

10:00-12:35 am EST White Room Personal growth research priorities discussion /working session

10:00-11:00 am EST Green Room Compassion: Lacks and (increasing) limits

10:00 - 10:15 Is Compassion Limited or Unlimited? Beliefs about compassion influence compassion fatigue and moral expansiveness Izzy Gainsburg

10:15 - 10:30 Defusing the Diffusion of Responsibility: A critical Re-contextualization and Re-examination of the Infamous Kitty Genovese Murder Julia Sebastien

10:30 - 11:00 Portrait Drawing – A key to improve socio-emotional skills? Lydia Kastner

11:00-11:10 am EST Break

11:10 am-12:10 pm EST Green Room Cooperation

11:10 - 11:25 Co-operation, desperation and punishment: Theoretical ideas and preliminary experimental data Eleanor Holton

11:25 - 11:40 Cooperation under threat Ro'i Zultan

11:40 - 11:55 Playing for team flow: Development and evaluation of a positive-psychological team building intervention in the form of a board game Leonie Kloep

11:55 - 12:10 Evolving a more prosocial world through cooperation and psychological flexibility - Susan Hanisch

12:30-1:00 pm EST Break

1:00-1:30 pm EST Gather-Town Casual socializing

1:00-1:30 pm EST White Room One on one social matching session (limited to people who signed up)

1:30-2:25 pm EST Gather-Town Poster session

2:30-4:10 pm EST Green Room Symposium on Reducing Ill-Doing

2:30 - 2:50 CBT for Antisocial Behavior: Know Thyself, Know Others – Julian Jamison

2:55 - 3:15 Overcoming biased evaluations of ingroup-committed harm via analogical reasoning – Deborah Schulman

3:20 - 3:40 Knowledge resistance about society’s urgent problems: Apollonian and Dionysian Remedies – Mikael Klintman

3:45 - 4:05 Profiles in Complicity – Max Bazerman

4:15-5:15 pm EST Green Room Charitable Giving Talk

The Consumption of Charitable Giving: How it is Both Similar to and Different from Eating Ice Cream Michal Strahilevitz

5:15-6:00 pm EST Green Room Participant Organized Question Session

Discussion on how to foster wisdom in organizations to benefit all stakeholders Host: Monika Ardelt

6:00-7:00 pm EST Gather-Town After hours Social "Dinner”/ meet up

8:00-10:00 pm EST Green Room Participant Organized Meet-Up

Virtual Intercultural Fieldwork on Prejudice Reduction – Host: David Dalsky

Sunday, June 13

9:30-10:00 am EST White Room Participant Organized Question Session

Sharing knowledge on top most valuable and most underrated or unknown behavior change frameworks, strategies, tactics, and tools – Host: James Norris

10:00-11:45 am EST White Room Reducing ill-doing research priorities discussion /working session

10:00-11:00 am EST Green Room Purpose and goal pursuit

10:00 - 10:15 Whose Life is More Meaningful: Benefits to Society and Benefits to Oneself in People’s Intuition of Meaning – Mengdi Huang

10:15 - 10:30 The Goal-Striving Reasons Framework – A New Concept to Measure the Why of Goal Pursuit and its Predictive Power of Subjective Well-Being – Christian Ehrlich

10:30 - 10:45 'What Do You Want in Life and How Can You Get There?' An Evaluation of a Hierarchical Goal-Setting Chatbot – Hernán González Cruz

10:45 - 11:00 Leveraging AI to support the self-directed learning of disadvantaged youth in developing countries – Janine Teo & Reena Pauly

11:45-12:00 pm EST Break

12:00-12:50 pm EST Green Room Methods Talk

Improving well-being in real life: Methodological challenges (and some solutions) – Andreas Neubauer

12:00-12:50 am EST White Room Choosing impactful research questions (Workshop) Falk Lieder

12:50-1:15 pm EST Break

1:15-1:45 pm EST Gather-Town Casual socializing

1:15-1:45 pm EST White Room One on one social matching session (limited to people who signed up)

1:45-2:45 pm EST White Room LIS society meeting

1:45-2:45 pm EST Green Room Belief, bias, and emotion

1:45 - 2:00 Primal World Beliefs: An Emerging Research Area Jeremy Clifton

2:00 - 2:15 Beliefs, biases, and the search for better answers André Martins

2:15 - 2:30 When measuring backfires: Differences in stated vs. revealed preferences to quantification in sacred domains Solomiya Draga

2:30 - 3:45 Starting to explore the differences of emotion and reason in changing beliefs and/ or actions Celso Vieira

2:30-2:40 pm EST Break

2:55-3:40 pm EST Green Room Promoting Well-Doing

2:55 - 3:10 Using Personal Strengths on Self-Transcendent Life Goals: Effects on Well-Being and Attitudes To Goal Pursuit Ayse Yemiscigil

3:10 - 3:40 Metachangemaking and Life Improvement Science John Wilcox

3:45-4:10 pm EST Green Room Closing address