What We Do
The Person Memory Interest Group (PMIG) is an informal organization whose sole purpose is to hold a 2-day scientific conference before the annual Society of Experimental Social Psychology (SESP) meeting every September or October. Its focus is on research in the area of social cognition (broadly defined) within social psychology. In recent years, 60-70 people have attended the meetings, and 10-12 have presented papers. The meeting attracts a diverse mixture of senior and junior researchers from North America, Europe, and Asia. The co-organizers are David L. Hamilton, Steven Stroessner, and Jackie Chen.
PMIG meets for three days prior to the annual SESP convention. The formal program of PMIG begins on Wednesday, but people are invited to arrive at the conference site on Monday, so that they can spend Tuesday in locally available outdoor activities (hiking, canoeing, and horseback riding have been features of past meetings) and informal professional discussions. PMIG typically meets at a location outside the city where SESP meets, reflecting the organizers' bias toward low costs and pleasantly rustic surroundings rather than glossy convention hotels. We strive to keep costs reasonable (especially for attendees willing to share a room), and there is a normal registration fee for the conference (around $85).
If you are an active researcher in social psychology who is interested in attending a future PMIG meeting, contact one of the co-organizers (e-mail addresses here) giving your email address. You will be added to the mailing list, and full information concerning the next fall's meeting will be sent to you in early summer.