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For information about sessions organized by APA Committees and sessions on the Group Program, please contact the session organizer.

Participants in Invited Sessions

The format of your session is determined by the member of the program committee who invited you to participate. Speakers should send copies of their papers to commentators or other session participants by the date stated by your session organizer, usually six weeks before the meeting. Commentators and respondents are usually asked to send copies of their remarks to the speakers two weeks before the meeting. In book panels, critics are normally expected to send their comments to the author six weeks before the meeting so that the author has time to formulate a full response.

Session chairs should play an active role enforcing time constraints, clarifying issues when necessary, and directing the discussion toward the most important questions. Speakers and commentators should therefore provide their session's chair with copies of their presentations. Chairs should check with session participants prior to the meeting to make sure all comments have been received. Chairs should end discussion five minutes before the hour.

Participants in Colloquia and Symposia

Chairs should play an active role enforcing time constraints, clarifying issues when necessary, and directing the discussion toward the most important questions. Chairs should check with session participants prior to the meeting to make sure comments have been received.

Commentators should send their comments to speakers and the chair six weeks before the meeting.

Colloquium speakers may take no more than 20 minutes, and commentaries may be no more than ten minutes in length. The author is allowed a brief, five minute response. The best sessions are those in which there is ample time for discussion with the audience. Chairs should end discussion five minutes before the hour.

Symposium speakers are allotted 40 minutes, and each commentator is given no more than 20 minutes. The author is allowed a brief, ten minute response. The best sessions are those in which there is ample time for discussion with the audience. A total of one hour and 55 minutes has been scheduled for the paper, the comments, and discussion. Chairs should end discussion five minutes before the hour.

Poster Presenters

Posters will be exhibited alongside the Book Displays. Please arrive at the Book Display on the Friday morning of the conference to mount your poster. One easel will be provided for your poster, and you must limit yourself to one poster. The maximum dimensions are 36 inches by 48 inches, landscape format. Posters must be taken down by 4 pm on the Friday of the meeting.

The top of your poster should feature a banner with a title and your name and affiliation. Banner lettering should be at least one inch high. Although this is not required, we recommend that you include your email address and a current photograph of yourself on your poster. The photo will permit easier identification for discussion throughout the conference.