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Pacific Conference on Psychology and the Behavioral Sciences

San Francisco Peninsula, California

May 13, 2016 - May 15, 2016

Early-bird Deadline: Sun, March 13th, 2016
Submission Deadline: Wed, April 13th, 2016
Extended Submission Deadline: Fri, May 6th, 2016


While intentionally interdisciplinary, this conference likely is of most interest to those with interests in:

Psychology | Cognitive Science | Behavioral Genetics | Cultural Conditioning | Human Action | Behavioral Economics | Rationality

Whenever human actions seem difficult to comprehend, those who best understand how physiological, emotional and cognitive processes interact to influence human behavior often can provide insights. We particularly welcome presentations that link psychology and behavioral science to individual and collective decision processes and behavior, and how these behaviors relate to law, religion, norms and institutions.

As with all events offered by The Sisu Advantage, this event is run in parallel with another conference. The intent is to break down traditional discipline silos and foster interdisciplinary collaboration. Registration to this event allows attendance to all sessions and events of both The Pacific Conference on Psychology and the Behavioral Sciences and The Pacific Conference on Economics and the Social Sciences, at no additional cost.


Keynote Speaker
Hersh Shefrin
Mario L. Belotti Professor of Finance
Leavey School of Business
Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA
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A California Connection:


Many have recently been flummoxed by recent terrorist attacks, mass murders, and gruesome beheadings abroad. They cannot fathom what could drive individuals to such acts, or how they seem willing to sacrifice their own life for seemingly little reason. On Christmas Day 2015 arsonists set fire to a mosque in suburban Houston, presumably in reaction to the San Bernardino massacre earlier that month in southern California. Varying theories may help explain the psychology and choice by some to react and behave in such a manner. Given such a predilection, opportunities to act are greater in Texas and California, which are among the five states with more than 100 mosques.

Frontier Workshops

Each conference weekend, a specialty workshop is offered that exposes attendees to open-source productivity tools that are freely available, such as "R Packages", that are specifically designed for teaching and research in the discipline(s) and topics that are the focus of that weekend.

The R Statistical Computing Environment is a free, downloadable software system for both basic and state-of-the-art data visualizations and analyses.

It is the leading programming language for newly introduced algorithms, and more than 7,000 “R Packages” are available for download to save you from needing to “reinvent the wheel” in your own work. We solicit requests from attending delegates and select one or two to present at each workshop. No prior experience with R or programming is expected.

Following are a sample of “R Packages” representative of those we cover:

  • Pre-K through K-12 Education // Language Learning
    → “shiny Package”: for building interactive web data visualizations
  • Community College and University Ed// Distance and Lifelong Learning
    → “knitr Package”: for presentation and publication of reproducible work
  • Social/Mass Media and Communication // Fine Arts and Humanities
    → “tm Package”: a comprehensive framework for text mining and web-mining
  • Psychology and the Behavioral Sciences // Economics and Social Sciences
    → “vegan Package”: for ordination methods like multidimensional scaling
  • Statistical Computing and Data Mining // The Science and Art of Business
    → “rattle Package”: A GUI for classical and tree models and data mining
  • Energy, Climate Change and the Environment // Technology and Public Policy
    → “EnvStats Package”: for environmental statistics and EPA guidance


San Mateo Marriott San Francisco Airport
1770 S Amphlett Blvd
San Mateo, CA 94402 United States
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(650) 653-6000
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