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|Diversity and Inclusivity in SPR|
The Society for Psychophysiological Research recognizes that science is enhanced by the involvement of a wide range of individuals who are able to bring their unique perspectives and life experiences to bear in the pursuit of scientific knowledge. As such, SPR is committed to pursuing inclusivity in all aspects of its functioning, including its membership, leadership, attendees at the annual meeting, and the authorship represented in Psychophysiology. Every individual should feel welcome within the SPR community, including people of any race, national origin, native language, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, economic status, educational background, disability, or age.
We further recognize the importance of diversity for the pursuit of scientific knowledge about the physiological bases of psychological processes, and encourage researchers to (a) increase the representation of diverse participants in psychophysiological studies, (b) when feasible report sufficiently detailed demographic descriptions of sample participants, (c) examine whether and how demographic diversity (e.g. sex, race, socioeconomic status, and age) moderate associations between physiological indices and psychological processes, and (d) use respectful and inclusive language in reporting research related to group differences.
The Society for Psychophysiological Research has a Diversity and Outreach Committee dedicated to expanding the representation of the SPR membership, enhancing diversity in our science and profession, and ensuring a sense of equity and inclusion at our meetings.
Please feel free to reach out to the Committee Co-Chairs with any suggestions, feedback, or concerns.
Lisa Gatzke-Kopp, Co-Chair
Penn State University
Frini Karayanidis, Co-Chair
University of Newcastle
Promoting representation among trainees:
Promoting the importance of diversity in our science and profession:
SPR believes in the value of promoting diversity in academia, but also of recognizing the importance of diversity and representation in our science. Psychophysiology, the official journal of the Society, published a special issue on this topic in 2016; Diversity and Representation: Key Issues in Psychophysiological Research. In addition, the Program Committee reserves a symposium slot for the topic of diversity. Examples of past Diversity Symposia include:
In collaboration with the Women in Science Committee, the Diversity and Outreach Committee hosts events at each annual meeting where outside experts are invited to speak about professional issues related to increasing diversity in academia.
Promoting equity and inclusion:
SPR is committed to ensuring that everyone is able to attend and feel respected at the annual meetings. Learn more about our existing policies and please feel free to reach out with feedback or suggestions of how we can do more.
· Designated prayer and quiet space at the meetings
· Designated breastfeeding space at meetings—with viewing for keynote addresses