General Abstract Guidelines

Please note:
Following an increase in the number of requests, ECP 2015 Organizing Committee established an extension of the abstract submission deadline, from 15 October 2014 to 15 December 2014. Notification of acceptance from the Scientific Committee remains fixed on 30 November 2014 for abstracts submitted by 15 October, while new abstracts will receive communication on 23 January 2015.

Below are the general rules that are applied for the proponents.

For each abstract submitted, the proposer must specify no more than one thematic area and one topic that best describe the contents of the contribution in order of relevance.
The Scientific Committee reserves the right to change the topic if necessary.

All abstracts will have been subjected to peer-review, coordinated by the Scientific Committee.
Original work that has not been published or accepted for presentation elsewhere is preferred.
The criteria for review are:

  • relevance for advancement of psychological knowledge and practice
  • theoretical and empirical basis
  • clarity of ideas and methods applied
  • ecological and ethical implications

Notification of acceptance by the Scientific Committee will be emailed to the corresponding author by 30 November 2014 for the abstracts submitted by 15 October and by 23 January 2015 for the abstracts submitted by 15 December 2014.

Detailed information, guidelines, and recommendations for oral or poster presentation, as well as time allocation, date, time, and venue will be sent to the registered corresponding authors.

Please note that the Scientific Committee reserves the right to change submissions for oral presentations to posters, rather than refusing abstracts, depending on the number, theme, and quality of submissions.
Submitting authors grant congress organizers permission to publish their abstracts online and in electronic devices.
Likewise authors grant congress organizers permission to use personal information, received and required from participants, before and after the congress, for statistical purposes, and for the dispatch of information concerning relevant future congresses.
Personal data will also, in certain cases, be released to other companies participating in the congress, for the distribution of information and offers directly from them.

Kindly register your abstract/s via the online registration system.
The acceptance of abstracts by the Scientific Committee does not imply any financial assistance or fee deduction.
Presenting authors must register by 13 April 2015 to ensure that their presentation will be included in the ECP 2015.
Below are listed some general guidelines relating to the required formatting and content of the abstract.
Carefully prepared abstracts facilitate the review process, as it is easier to judge the quality of presentations that are thoroughly and concisely described.
1. Abstracts must be in English. If English is not the authors’ first language, it is recommended that the abstract should be proofread by an English native speaker.
2. Please follow the pre-formatted fields indicated in the forms. It should be noted that the abstract should not exceed 1500 characters (including spaces), not counting the title of the paper.
3. The title should be brief (a maximum of 125 characters including spaces), clearly indicating the contents of the abstract.
4. Use Arabic numerals for all numbers except at the beginning of a sentence where they should be written out. Use standard abbreviations and symbols. Keep abbreviations to a minimum and define each one when it is used for the first time. Do not include any figures or tables in abstracts, and do not submit attachments, slides, or any reference materials with the abstracts.
5. Please write the abstract with a word-processing program, check spelling and grammar, proofread carefully, copy and paste it in to the space in the form. Choose appropriate thematic areas and topics from the list provided. Please ensure you choose your areas and topics in order of relevance.
6. Abstracts cannot be modified (in their authorship, title and contents) after the deadline for abstract submission. Log in on the Personal Page using username and password.

7. Things to consider including when writing the abstract:
1. A statement of the purpose of the presentation (preferably in one sentence)
2. A brief mention of the theoretical framework, if applicable, and/or the rationale for the contribution
3. A summary of the results obtained (if it is an empirical study), or the major points to be made
4. A conclusion
5. A brief reflection on theoretical, methodological, and ethical implications.

Subheadings, keywords or references in the abstract text are not required.


A. General issues and basic processes

    1. History of psychology
    2. Research design and experimental methods
    3. Psychometrics
    4. Psychobiology
    5. Genes-environment interplay and behaviour
    6. Cognitive neurosciences and neuroimaging
    7. Sensation, perception and space
    8. Attention and consciousness
    9. Learning and memory
    10. Language and communication
    11. Motivation and emotion
    12. Intelligence and cognitive functioning
    13. Thought, decision and action
    14. Personality
    15. Artificial intelligence and expert systems
    16. Other

B. Development and Education

    1. Language acquisition
    2. School adjustment, academic achievement and learning disabilities
    3. Learning and instruction
    4. Attachment and intimate relationships
    5. Moral development and prosocial behaviour
    6. Emotion and self
    7. Social cognition, identity and social interactions
    8. Bullying and aggression
    9. Adolescent adjustment
    10. Parenting
    11. Temperament and individual differences
    12. Typical and atypical development
    13. Child abuse and neglect
    14. Developmental disorders in health
    15. Longitudinal analysis
    16. Other

C. Culture and society

    1. Ethics
    2. Family systems and processes
    3. Sex and gender
    4. LGBTQI studies
    5. Group processes and intergroup relations
    6. Attitudes and values
    7. Race and ethnicity
    8. Prejudice and social exclusion
    9. Media and communication
    10. Economic choices
    11. Forensic psychology and law
    12. Political preferences and behaviour
    13. Religion
    14. Music
    15. Qualitative methods
    16. Other

D. Work and organization

    1. HR assessment and development
    2. Leadership and entrepreneurship
    3. Teams performance
    4. Well-being at work
    5. Organizational behaviour
    6. Labour market, unemployment and flexicurity
    7. Human factors and ergonomics
    8. Innovation management
    9. Sustainable development and corporate social responsibility
    10. Traffic and transportation
    11. Tourism
    12. Safety culture and climate
    13. Age and work
    14. Workplace learning and training
    15. Career guidance
    16. Other

E. Health and clinical intervention

    1. Assessing and accrediting quality of psychotherapy training and practice
    2. Psychodiagnosis
    3. Personality assessment
    4. Psychoanalysis and psychodynamic psychotherapies
    5. Evidence-based psychotherapies
    6. Family treatments
    7. Personality disorders
    8. Community psychological cares
    9. Positivity and well-being
    10. Sport and exercise
    11. Lifestyles and healthy self-regulation
    12. Cognitive disturbances and rehabilitation
    13. Psycho-oncology and psychological support in chronic diseases
    14. Disaster and crisis psychology
    15. Ageing and dementia
    16. Other

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