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The scientific disciplines of personality and social psychology seek to improve understanding of human social life and the different ways in which people develop and pursue individual goals. Such understanding offers the potential to alleviate social conflict, build supportive communities, and help individuals to find and create the environments in which they are most likely to thrive. The Society for Personality and Social Psychology brings together thousands of personality and social psychologists from around the world who study these issues and seek to put their research findings into practice.

The Society promotes scientific research in personality and social psychology by publishing scientific journals, organizing an annual conference, sponsoring activities that foster professional development among students and faculty, and maintaining close ties with science advocacy offices in the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science, and the Federation of Associations in Behavioral and Brain Sciences.

SPSP is committed to increasing diversity within the field and welcomes members of underrepresented groups as well as those who bring diverse life experience and perspectives to the science of personality and social psychology. Such diversity enriches research, teaching, and advising, and better prepares the field for a world in which globalization, multiculturalism, and diversity play a central role in human behavior.

In addition to our current journals focusing on the publication of regular research articles (Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin) and review and theory papers (Personality and Social Psychology Review), SPSP, in collaboration with a number of other societies representing personality and social psychology internationally, sponsors a short reports journal, Social Psychology and Personality Science. For more information about these publications, as well as past issues of Dialogue , please see the Publications page.

We invite you to browse our web pages and learn about the Society. We hope you find this web site useful, and that you will consider joining the Society if you are not already a member. For details on how to join SPSP, please visit the "Registation" page (accessible from the front page).

For students interested in pursuing a career in psychology, you may also wish to visit Social Psychology Network, which has an online career center and a search engine that includes material from our web site as well as its own resources.

-- David C. Funder
2013 SPSP President


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