I have attended a lot of psychology conferences over the years and, after many of them, I often thought to myself: “What would have made this conference even better? More sex talks!” I'm far from the only one who has had this thought, though. Several of my colleagues have noticed that many of our major conferences are lacking when it comes to sexuality programming, so we took matters into our own hands and, earlier this year, we put on the first ever Sexuality Pre-Conference prior to the 2014 meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP). The Pre-Conference was a huge success--it was very well-attended and received rave reviews. As a result, turning this into an annual event seemed like a no-brainer!
The next SPSP Sexuality Pre-Conference will be held on Thursday, February 26th, 2015 at the Convention Center in Long Beach, California. Our current line-up of speakers includes: Meredith Chivers, Justin Garcia, Gurit Birnbaum and Eli Finkel, Monique Ward, and yours truly. Presentations will cover a wide range of topics, including female sexual arousal patterns, sexual desire and relationship development, media influences on sexual behavior, evolutionary perspectives on human sexuality, and teaching considerations for college sexuality courses. There will also be a sex data blitz highlighting some of the latest findings in the field, as well as a roundtable discussion at the end of the day.