SESPSociety of Experimental Social Psychology


Conference Information

Downtown Columbus, Ohio - photo from Ohio Tourism Division

SESP 2014 will be held October 2-4 in Columbus, Ohio, at the Hilton Columbus Downtown. This is the 50th annual meeting of SESP! The hotel is adjacent to the Short North Arts District and the Arena District, within walking distance of over 300 dining and entertainment venues. Highlights include:

  • The diverse ethnic cuisine, unique gifts, and specialized produce of the North Market (less than a block from the hotel)
  • The eclectic shops, art galleries, and restaurants of the Short North Arts District
  • The restaurants, pubs, and green space surrounding Nationwide Arena in the Arena District. See our Dining Guide for more information.

The Saturday of SESP will fall on the monthly Gallery Hop in the Short North Arts District, including traditional and non-traditional art venues, street performers, and venders.

Ohio State University Buckeyes

This year, the Ohio State University (OSU) is the host institution, and the OSU Social Psychology PhD program will be celebrating its 50th anniversary during the SESP conference weekend. Local conference organizers are Duane Wegener and Rich Petty. For a historical record of SESP sites, see the Conference Hosts page.

The Conference Program

The SESP program committee was chaired by Lowell Gaertner and included Jennifer Crocker, David Dunning, and Wendy Berry Mendes. A final conference program is now available.

In addition to the main conference events on Friday and Saturday, October 3 and 4, several preconferences will be held:

Sunday, October 5, will also feature a special OSU reunion event.

Registration for SESP 2014 is now open!

The SESP meeting is open only to SESP members (members are elected to the organization) and their guests. Only SESP members who will be in attendance at the conference may sponsor a guest. Non-members who are speaking in accepted symposia at the conference are exempt from the member sponsorship rule.

Through September 2, 2014, registration for the main conference is $285 for members and guests. Fees for the Attraction and Groups preconferences are $80; for the Women’s Leadership conference, $25. Payment for the main conference includes lunches on Friday and Saturday, a light dinner on Saturday, light breakfasts, and receptions.

Late registration (after September 2) will be $325 for the main conference, and preconferences will jump in cost by $5.

Registration for the main conference, the Relationships and Groups preconferences, and/or the OSU reunion can be completed through the single registration system below. The PMIG conference registration is handled separately through the website above.

Register for Conference Now

Hotel Reservations

To receive a discounted conference rate, reservations must be made through the Hilton Columbus web site by September 10, 2014, or by calling 614-384-8600 and asking for the "Society of Experimental Social Psychology" group rate. The hotel room rate is $161 per night (single or double). All reservations must be made by September 10, 2014, to receive the group rate.

Hotel options other than the conference hotel

Closest to SESP hotel (Hilton Columbus – Downtown; 401 N. High Street) – less than .25 miles:

Hampton Inn & Suites Columbus–Downtown (Closest – within 1 block)
501 N. High Street

Hyatt Regency Columbus
350 N. High Street
Columbus, OH 43215

Crowne Plaza Hotel
33 East Nationwide Boulevard

The Lofts
55 East Nationwide Boulevard
Columbus, OH 43215

Drury Inn & Suites Columbus Convention Center
88 East Nationwide Boulevard

Red Roof PLUS+ Columbus Downtown – Convention Center
111 East Nationwide Boulevard

A little farther (less than .5 miles):

Courtyard by Marriott Downtown (South of the Hilton – toward downtown)
35 West Spring Street

50 Lincoln Bed & Breakfast (north of the Hilton, in Short North)
50 East Lincoln

A little farther yet (.5 – 1 mile):

Residence Inn by Marriott Columbus Downtown
36 East Gay Street

Renaissance Columbus Downtown
50 North Third Street

Double Tree Suites by Hilton Columbus Downtown
50 South Front Street

Sheraton Columbus Hotel at Capitol Square
75 East State Street

Synagogues in the Columbus Area

SESP apologizes for scheduling our annual conference during the Yom Kippur holiday. For conferees interested in attending services in the Columbus area, click here for information.