International Society for Self and Identity (ISSI) An Interdisciplinary Association for Social and Behavioral Scientists
International Society for Self and Identity (ISSI)An Interdisciplinary Association for Social and Behavioral Scientists

About Us

The International Society for Self and Identity (ISSI) is a scholarly association dedicated to promoting the scientific study of the human self. The Society members come from all over the globe, representing many different academic and professional disciplines. The members of ISSI share an interest in cognitive, emotional, and behavioral processes related to the self-system. These include the ability for people to think consciously about themselves, to form images and concepts of what they are like, to evaluate their characteristics and capabilities, to plan deliberately for the future, to worry about how they are being perceived by others, and to direct their own behavior in line with personal standards. Because this ability to self-reflect has important implications for understanding behavior, the self has emerged as a central focus of theory and research in many domains of social and behavioral science.


ISSI sponsors preconferences on the Self and Identity at the annual meetings of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP) and the European Society for Social Psychology (EASP). 


To be counted as a member in 2015 (and to receive a discount for the 2015 preconference), you must register after October 15, 2014. Click here for membership.


Each year ISSI honors researchers who have made important empirical and theoretical contributions to the understanding of self and identity. The Distinguished Lifetime Career Award is presented to a researchers who have made major, enduring contributions to understanding self and identity over the course of their academic careers. The Outstanding Early Career Award is given to researchers who have made especially impressive contributions to the field within their first 10 years of obtaining a Ph.D.

Self & Identity Journal

The official journal of ISSI is Self and Identity, which is published by Psychology Press. Self and Identity is a peer-reviewed academic journal that focuses on research and theory relevant to the aims of the society.
Psychology Press online catalogs

Psychology Press' online catalog is now available, featuring numerous links to purchasing discounts, free online previews and chapters of new and classic books, and a choice selection of free journal articles.


  • The winner of the 2014 Distinguished Lifetime Career Award is June P. Tangney (George Mason University).


  • The winner of the 2014 Outstanding Early Career Award is Brandon Schmeichel (Texas A & M University).


  • Registration is now open for the 2015 Self and Identity Preconference at SPSP. Click here for registration. 


  • To be counted as a member in 2015 (and to receive a discount for the 2015 preconference), you must register after 10/15/14. Click here to enroll or renew your membership.                      
  • Frontiers (an open-access publisher) has a call for papers on the "genetics and neurochemistry of self-consciousness." Abstracts are due 4/30/15. Click here for more information.   
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