IARR 2015 conference
Self-Regulation and Close Relationships



We are delighted to announce our IARR Mini-Conference on “Self-Regulation and Close Relationships” scheduled for July 9-11, 2015 held in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. The mini-conference is a student-friendly event created to stimulate scientist-to-scientist dialogue about cutting-edge research on interpersonal relationships.

Keynote Speakers

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Nickola Overall

(University of Auckland)

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Eli Finkel

(Northwestern University)

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Guy Bodenmann

(Universität Zürich)

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Johan Karremans

(Radboud University Nijmegen)

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Gráinne M. Fitzsimons

(Duke University)

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The mini-conference will cover an umbrella of topics addressing how self-regulatory processes affect close relationships and how close relationships affect self-regulatory processes. Invited speakers are Nikola Overall (University of Auckland), Eli Finkel (Northwestern University), Guy Bodenmann (Universität Zürich), Johan Karremans (Radboud University Nijmegen), and Grainne M. Fitzsimons (Duke University). Participants and invited speakers will draw on a wide variety of topics and methods to address exciting questions relevant to the theme of the mini-conference.

In recent decades, the science of self-regulation received increasing attention from relationship researchers, leading to a host of new knowledge on this theme. Because self-regulatory processes in relationships are relevant to multiple domains of research, it received attention from researchers in different areas of research, including psychology, sociology, family studies, communication, anthropology, and neuroscience. Research on this topic combines different methodologies and includes a variety of populations (e.g., friendships, romantic relationships, parent-child relationships).

Topics and methods

  • How do relationship partners influence individuals’ goal pursuit and, conversely, how does individuals’ goal pursuit affect their relationship?
  • In which ways does self-control, including executive functioning and self-regulation, affect close relationship dynamics?
  • What is the role of regulatory processes (e.g., approach/avoidance orientation, regulatory focus, dyadic coping, partner regulation) in close relationship processes?
  • How do interpersonal motives (e.g., self-protection vs. connectedness, risk-taking, autonomy) affect relationships?
  • How does self-regulation affect relationship functioning, and what is the role of relationships in shaping self-regulation?
  • How do partners affect each other's self-regulatory processes?


Although submissions on self-regulation and close relationships will have priority, we also welcome submissions on other topics in close relationships.




We have added our tips and advices for enjoying Amsterdam. Please see the details here.