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Aims and Scope

Over the last one hundred years, Social Psychology has developed to be the central science that explores human experience and human nature. Meanwhile, due to the enduring scientization effort and methodological limitations, temporarily manipulated experimentation in laboratory context and unidirectional causality testing have been the dominant research paradigm, originated from which many insightful but fragmental middle-range theories are proposed and established. Afterwards, there was the so-called Social Psychology Crisis encountered in the 1970s, continuing to be unresolved today.

In recent years, significant advances in computing capacity as well as ubiquitous digital fingerprints of human experience recorded by internet, mobile devices, and internet of things, have made it promising that we could unpack the underlying mechanism and processes, via social simulation and big-data techniques, how some defining features of human experience interact and develop in multi-level socio-ecological contexts and under different time-scales. The research issues above are also what Wilhelm Wundt, Kurt Lewin and other eminent scholars have advocated to explore, at the beginning of establishment of (social) psychology a hundred years ago. We refer to the emerging approach of methodological transformation and theorizing re-direction of the field as Computational Social Psychology.

This special session mainly calls for papers from Chinese scholars engaging in computational social psychology research and exhibits their cutting-edge work. We aim to make progress in integrating the currently fragmental theories and take Kurt Lewin’s field research tradition back to social psychology. The topics of this special session are mainly related to computational social psychology, which mainly includes the following themes:

  • Social emotions and social media
  • Online collective behavior and collective action
  • Online rumor spreading and detection
  • Public cognition
  • Computational modeling in social psychology
  • Self and identity
  • Interpersonal interaction and online social network
  • Group-based stereotype and prejudice
  • Online search query and collective attention
  • Socio-cultural cognition
  • Individualism and collectivism
  • Cultural tightness and looseness
  • Google Ngram and cultural dynamic

Review Process and Index

Each paper will be reviewed by at least two program committee members, and final decisions are given by the guest editorial board based on the scores given by the reviewers of this special issue. Submissions to accepted special sessions will be 2 pages in IEEE two-column style.

All papers will be reviewed by the Program Committee on the basis of technical quality, relevance to BESC 2019, originality, significance and clarity. Please note:

  • All Special Session paper submissions should use IEEE two-column style. Templates are available from http://www.ieee.org/conferences_events/conferences/publishing/templates.html
  • All Special Session papers must be submitted electronically through the paper submission system in PDF format only. BESC 2019 accepts research pap ers (6 pages), industry papers (2 pages), special session papers (2 pages) and demo papers (2
  • Submitted papers must not substantially overlap with papers that have been published or that are simultaneously submitted to a journal or a conference wit h proceedings.
  • Papers must be clearly submitted in English and will be selected based on their originality, timeliness, significance, relevance, and clarity of presentation.
  • Submission of a paper should be regarded as a commitment that, should the paper be accepted, at least one of the authors will register and attend the conference to present the work.
  • Paper submission system is available at: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=besc2019

All accepted conference papers will be submitted for inclusion into IEEE Xplore as well as other Abstracting and Indexing (A&I), e.g. EI and DBLP. Top quality papers after presented in the conference will be selected for extension and publication in several special issues of international journals, e.g., World Wide Web Journal (Springer) and Social Network Analysis and Mining (Springer).

Special Session Chairs

  • Hao Chen, Nan Kai University, China, hull1919@gmail.com
  • Lingnan He, Sun Yat-sen University, China, lingnan.he@gmail.com


  • SS Paper submission due: 31 July 2019
  • Notification of SS Acceptance: 15 August 2019
  • Camera-ready due: 20 August 2019
  • Conference dates: 28-30 October 2019