This week I traveled to San Francisco to attend the Psychonomic Society’s 64th Annual Meeting and the 44th Annual Conference of the Society for Judgment and Decision Making.
I arrived in town a couple of days early to put on my tourist shoes. I’ve been to SF multiple times before but nonetheless decided to stretch my legs and walk to the city’s key attractions including Union Square, Chinatown, Lombard Street, Ghirardelli Square Chocolate Shop, Pier 39, Golden Gate Bridge, and Golden Gate Park.
This week happened to be the same week as the APEC conference, which meant that many world leaders were in town including US President Joe Biden, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Chinese President Xi Jinping, and Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese. There were cops everywhere. In fact, many of them were also staying at the Hilton Union Square, which made for an interesting crowd in the hotel lobby. A lot of the key streets in town were locked down with barricades, which made it hard to get around. And there were so many protests!
I was happy to be at my first Psychonomics since 2012 when it was located in (freezing cold!) Minneapolis. During the third poster session of the conference, I presented a poster titled, “An Investigation of Big Life Decisions“. I welcomed a steady stream of interested visitors. For those who are interested, this paper is already published in the journal Judgment and Decision-making.
My last SJDM conference was in 2018 when it was based in New Orleans. At this year’s SJDM, I presented a poster titled, “Nudging Sustainable Meal Choices“, which is a joint project with UNSW Professors Ben Newell and John Roberts.
This was my first international trip since COVID. It’s crazy to realise that I haven’t seen everyone for so long. I am looking forward to doing it all again next year in New York!