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Technology, Mind and Society — A conference sponsored by APA

April 5-7, 2018, Washington, D.C.
The American Psychological Association will hold an interdisciplinary conference on Technology, Mind and Society in Washington, D.C., on April 5-7, 2018. Scientists, practitioners, policymakers and students from around the world are invited to participate in the event.

The conference will provide a venue for reporting and assessing current efforts to understand and shape the interactions of human beings and technology, for identifying priorities for future work, and for promoting exchange and collaboration among participants.

The conference will be organized around the following broad themes:

  • Basic research: How humans understand and use technology, impacts of technology on human experience and behavior, human-technology interactions as mutually adaptive systems, role of technology in advancing other areas of scientific research and related topics.
  • Foundations of technology design: Development of technologies informed by psychological, behavioral and social science research.
  • Applications: Development, use and impact of specific technologies in domains such as aging, education, mental and physical health, recreation and the workplace.
  • Broader implications: Ethical and policy questions concerning the opportunities and challenges arising from human-technology interactions.
Conference presentations may address the role of humans at the individual, group, and societal levels. They may consider universal features of human-technology interactions as well as features that vary across age, culture, economic conditions and other dimensions of human diversity.

Moreover, the conference aims to address the full range of contemporary and emerging technologies. These include but are not limited to artificial intelligence, robotics, mobile devices, social media, virtual/augmented reality, gaming, geographic information systems, autonomous vehicles and biomedical technologies (e.g., brain-machine interfaces, genetic engineering).

The conference is open to researchers, professionals and students in all relevant areas, including psychology and other behavioral and social sciences; neuroscience; computer science; engineering; design; health research; education research; city and regional planning; public policy; history of science and technology; and philosophy.

In addition to keynote talks by leading researchers, the conference will feature peer-reviewed paper and poster presentations. Ample opportunities will be provided for discussion and networking.

A Call for Papers for the Technology, Mind, and Society Conference will be released in the summer of 2017. Questions about the conference may be sent to the APA Science Directorate.

Keynote speakers will include:

Cynthia Breazeal, ScDCynthia Breazeal, ScD

Justine Cassell, PhDJustine Cassell, PhD

Eric Horvitz, MDEric Horvitz, MD

Alex Pentland, PhDAlex Pentland, PhD

Technology, Mind and Society Steering Committee


  • Tara Behrend, associate professor, department of organizational sciences and communication, George Washington University.
  • Jonathan Gratch, research professor of computer science and psychology, director for virtual human research at the Institute for Creative Technologies, University of South California.
  • Jeff Krichmar, professor, department of cognitive sciences and department of computer science, University of California-Irvine.
  • H. Chad Lane, associate professor, department of educational psychology, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
  • Bertram Malle, professor, department of cognitive, linguistics and psychological sciences, Brown University.
  • Robert Proctor, distinguished professor, department of psychological sciences, Purdue University.
  • Diana Tamir, assistant professor, department of psychology, Princeton University.

For Sponsor and Exhibit information, contact Lane Wollerton via email or by phone at (202) 572-3036.