Keynote Speakers

We are delighted to announce that the following academics will be giving keynote addresses at the conference:



Dr. Stephan Lewandowsky

Chair in Cognitive Psychology
University of Bristol

Dr. Lewandowsky is a cognitive scientist with expertise in memory, decision making and computational modeling. This makes him uniquely qualified to study memory updating, and why false beliefs and myths persist in society. The spread of misinformation is seemingly unstoppable. However, Dr. Lewandowsky’s recent research offers scientists and the public insight into how and why misinformation persists. You can follow Dr. Lewandowsky @STWorg where he discusses matters relating to climate change and global challenges. He also serves as Digital Content Editor for the Psychonomic Society and blogs routinely on cognitive research conducted by the Society at



Dr. Susan Bluck

University of Florida

Dr. Susan Bluck is Director of the Life Story Lab and a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America. She obtained her BA (Psychology) from the University of British Columbia, Canada, her PhD (Social Ecology) from the University of California, Irvine, USA, and did her postdoctoral work at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Germany. Dr. Bluck’s research is grounded in a functional, ecological approach. She is a lifespan developmental psychologist with an emphasis on adult development, aging, and the end-of-life. Her research examines the ways that individuals use memories of life’s experiences (i.e., remembering, autobiographical reasoning, life stories) to serve adaptive psychosocial functions in their current life context. Her contributions to both theory and measurement development (TALE) are highly cited. Her empirical work demonstrates memory’s adaptive psychosocial functions: maintaining self-continuity, and developing intimacy and empathy in relationships. In her most recent work she is collaborating with health professionals in palliative care to examine the last chapter of the life story - how and why people recall death-related events. In her spare time she dabbles in research relating memory to time perspective, wisdom and nostalgia. Her theoretical and empirical work appears in such journals as Psychology and Aging, The Gerontologist, Memory and Death Studies.



Dr. Simine Vazire

University of California, Davis

Dr. Simine Vazire is an associate professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of California, Davis. Dr. Vazire has two lines of research: one examining people's self-knowledge of their own personality and behavior, and another examining research methods and practices in psychology. Dr. Vazire co-founded the Society for the Improvement of Psychological Science (SIPS), which aims to encourage open, reproducible science; she is a member of the SIPS executive committee and a senior editor of their journal Collabra: Psychology. Vazire is a member of the Board of Directors of the Association for Psychological Science (2016-2019) and an associate editor for their journal Advances in Methods and Practices in Psychological Science.  She is also editor-in-chief of the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science



Dr. Steve Whittaker

University of California, Santa Cruz

Technology is transforming our everyday lives, and how we think, interact and feel. Dr. Steve Whittaker works at the intersection of Psychology and Computer Science. He focuses on how technology is affecting fundamental aspects of our everyday lives, and use insights from Cognitive and Social Science to design new digital tools to support memory and collaboration and to help manage personal information. Dr. Whittaker is also the Editor of Human Computer Interaction. Recently, Dr. Whittaker was awarded a Lifetime Research Achievement Award from SIGCHI, the society of Human Computer Interaction professionals. He is also a Fellow of the Association of Computational Machinery (ACM).

Books: The Science of Managing Our Digital Stuffpublished by MIT Press, 2016.