October 9-11, 2013
Chicago, Illinois


Innovative Sessions

PechaKucha and TEDx6CEA talks emphasize ideas and themes. These innovative formats emphasize the discussion section of a paper. These formats also provide the opportunity to present findings that go "off the grid" in the sense that the content can be different from the type of work that would be included even in a discussion section of a single paper. For example, Innovative Session formats may be selected for the presentation of: (a) theory, (b) themes that emerge across multiple studies, (c) provocative findings from the "cutting room floor" i.e., edited out of a paper, (d) insights gained from research interviews, (e) case studies, (f) experiential reports (e.g., working with emerging adults).

PechaKucha Talks

PechaKucha (pronounced pe-chak-cha) Talks are designed to foster the expression of innovative and novel interpretations of scientific research. This dynamic presentation format originated in Tokyo in 2003, drawing its name from the Japanese term for the sound of conversation (“chit chat”). These presentations conform to a strict style: 20 slides are set to auto-advance; each slide appears for 20 seconds and then automatically advances to the next slide. Each presentation is exactly 6 minutes and 40 seconds; each is followed by a brief question and answer session.

TEDx6CEA Talks

TEDx6CEA Talks borrow the concept and format of TED talks which use storytelling techniques as a means of communicating scientific ideas and information. Originally designed as a way to commu- nicate “ideas worth spreading,” in 18 minutes the presenter tells a story or argues for an idea using minimal or no audio-visuals. When audio-visuals are used, the type is open. Any one or combination of still images, music, or video may be used; interactive elements and demonstrations are also permit- ted. Each talk is followed by a brief question and answer session.

Are we there yet? Moving the Science of Emerging Adulthood into the Next Gear
Manfred H. M. van Dulmen, PhD

Manfred H. M. van Dulmen, PhD

Associate Professor & Associate Chair
Kent State University
Department of Psychology

Vast advancements have been made in understanding how individuals navigate the late teens and twenties, and why some individuals are more successful than others. In this TEDtalk, however, I will posit that progress in the developmental science of this age-period – and credibility of our sub-discipline by colleagues in other research areas -- is seriously hampered by researchers continuing to employ traditional methodological paradigms and not “thinking outside the box”. I will end by providing several concrete suggestions to move the Science of Emerging Adulthood into the next gear.

What is Developmental about Identity Development?
Moin Syed, PhD

Moin Syed, PhD

Assistant Professor
Department of Psychology
University of Minnesota
Associate Editor, Emerging Adulthood

Despite the decades of research on identity development, we actually know surprisingly little about key questions pertaining to identity, such as what develops and when does development occur. This TEDx6CEA talk will address these important questions.

Do We Want Emerging Adults to Take Risks, or Not?
Russell Ravert, PhD

Russell Ravert, PhD

Associate Professor
Graduate Child Life Program Director
305 Gentry Hall

University of Missouri


This Pecha Kucha presentation uses examples from a variety of sources (e.g., popular culture, promotional material, personal experience, and scholarly literature) to demonstrate that although willingness to take risks is often promoted as a useful and important attribute during the transition to adulthood, the potentially adaptive nature of risk-taking is largely missing in research literature on adolescence and emerging adulthood. Survey data from the presenter's research will be used to illustrate how college-attending emerging adults view, and value, risk-taking during this time of life.