CRESP Special Issue

In parallel with the conference, we have organized a special issue on Regional Cultural Differences in Current Research in Ecological and Social Psychology (CRESP). The call for papers to this special issue opens and closes in parallel with the conference call (i.e., from November 14th, 2021 to January 14th 2022). Based on the submitted abstracts, we will invite selected papers for full submission. The deadline for full submissions will be shortly after the conference (i.e., August 14th, 2022). This timeline allows authors to incorporate any feedback they might receive at the conference before submitting their paper.

Please note that you may, of course, submit to the special issue without attending the conference in Barcelona. Likewise, you may attend the conference without submitting to the special issue.

If you wish to contribute to the special issue, please scroll down or click here to access the official Call for Papers and further information on Current Research in Ecological and Social Psychology's website. Once you are ready, you may submit your proposal (including title, prospective author(s) and affiliation(s), description of your planned contribution in 500 words or less) to Dr. Jason Rentfrow. We especially encourage submissions from traditionally underrepresented non-Western countries, both in terms of authors and studied samples.


Special Issue Call

Current Research in Ecological and Social Psychology is pleased to solicit manuscript submissions for an upcoming special issue on Regional Cultural Differences and their Consequences (Guest Editors: Jason Rentfrow, Tobias Ebert, Friedrich M. Götz, & Veronica Benet-Martínez).

While we live in an increasingly globalized world, we also live in a world with substantial cultural differences within countries. Indeed, Catalonia, Scotland and Québec are three prominent examples that highlight the need to study the distinct and deep-rooted cultural identities of regions. Accordingly, recent years have seen the rise of a new field of scientific inquiry at the nexus of psychology, economic geography, sociology and computational social science that harnesses big data to quantify regional cultural differences and explore their antecedents and consequences. In celebration of this new research stream, the current special issue places a special emphasis on empirical contributions that offer new insights into the processes through which regional cultures emerge and influence important outcomes. We also invite thoughtful theoretical perspective articles, particularly those that discuss implications for science and society, as well as methods papers that introduce and describe specialized analytical techniques.

As such, topics of prospective submissions may include (but are not limited to):

  • Descriptive accounts of regional cultural differences

  • Historical and contemporary ecological, economic, and social causes of cultural and psychological differences across regions

  • Political, economic, social, and health-related consequences of regional cultural differences on the regional macro-level and the individual micro-level

  • Regional cultural dynamics over time

  • Data and methods to measure and analyze regional cultural differences

  • Interdisciplinary perspectives on the study of regional cultural differences and theoretical frameworks for future research

Journal Information: Current Research in Ecological and Social Psychology

Current Research in Ecological and Social Psychology (CRESP) is a new gold open-access journal jointly edited by Prof. Dr. Paul van Lange (University of Amsterdam) and Prof. Dr. Michele Gelfand (Stanford University) that publishes original research on human behavior at the nexus of ecological and social psychology. As such, CRESP adopts a broad and integrative understanding of ecological psychology – focusing on the relationships between individuals and the natural or human-made environments they live in – and social psychology – focusing on the relationships between individuals and the social environments they inhabit – and their multi-faceted interplay. CRESP welcomes rigorous replication studies and innovative research, which may come in the form of short reports of full-length papers.