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ESCoP Related Issues

Journal of Cognitive Psychology
Best Paper Award 2014

The Journal of Cognitive Psychology has announced the winners of its Best Paper Award 2014. These are the two wining papers:
The role of group configuration in the social transmission of memory: Evidence from identical and reconfigured groups. Hae-Yoon Choi, Helena M. Blumen, Adam R. Congleton & Suparna Rajaram Journal of Cognitive Psychology, Volume 26, Issue 1, 2014. 
Are bilingual advantages dependent upon specific tasks or specific bilingual experiences?
Kenneth R. Paap, Hunter A. Johnson & Oliver Sawi
Journal of Cognitive Psychology, Volume 26, Issue 6, 2014.
Congratulations to the authors! 

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Conferences and workshops

New Directions in Implicit and Explicit Language Learning
10-11 June 2015
Lancaster, UK
A two-day international symposium will bring together leading researchers in psychology, linguistics, bilingualism, and second language acquisition in order to critically appraise the role of implicit and explicit processes in language acquisition, to discuss current trends, and to outline future directions to take in this interdisciplinary enterprise.
Registration is now open.

22nd International Summer School in Cognitive Science
6-19 July 2015
Sofia, Bulgaria
The Summer School features advanced courses for graduate students and young researchers in a variety of areas, including game theory, experimental games and computer simulations, computational models and face processing, cognitive development, and a practical course on working with E-prime as a software tool for experiment design and implementation.  The summer school will also feature a participant symposium.

Application deadline: 10 June 2015

Summer School & Workshop on Predictive Coding
3-5 June 3-5 2015
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Overturning the classical notion of perception as a largely bottom-up process, the idea that our brain is a prediction machine which is continually trying to predict what is ‘out there’ based on past experience is quickly growing in stature and influence. Participants of this year’s 3-day EPOS summer school will be informed about the latest developments and currently outstanding questions in this rapidly growing research field. The summer school consists of 1.5 days of tutorials (for PhD students only) and a 1.5 day workshop with talks by researchers at the forefront of the field of predictive processing (can be attended separately by the wider scientific community).
Registration is now open.

Higher-Order Theories and Mental Qualities: A Conference in Honour of David Rosenthal
3-5 August 2015
Taipei City, Taiwan
The aim of this conference is to present and discuss new, philosophical or scientific works on matters relevant to higher-order thought, mental qualities, and the distinctive theory of conscious experience.  Already confirmed speakers include scholars and scientists from North America, Europe, and Asia.  We will be allowing ample time for discussion of each talk, and warmly welcome participation in these discussions by philosophers, scientists and others with a keen interest in theories of consciousness or related issues. 
Registration deadline: 26 July 2015

Neurocognitive Methods for Infant and Toddler Research
17-21 August 2015
Utrecht, The Netherlands
The field of developmental cognitive neuroscience has made great progress over recent decades. To reach the next level will require codification, innovation and further integration of experimental methodologies and quantitative aspects of data interpretation. The current summer school will acquaint students with a number of methods frequently applied in brain, cognition and behaviour research with infants and toddlers. Specifically, it will sensitise students to issues regarding reliability, replicability, and validity, and have them explore how these issues relate to general and specific susceptibilities of current techniques and quantitative methods.
Registration deadline: 1 July 2015

The Brain's Networks
18-20 September 2015
Gothenburg, Sweden
This conference will give a snapshot of the current state of knowledge about the brain’s networks through perspectives from neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, neurology, psychiatry, psychology, structural MRI, functional brain imaging, advanced data analysis and mathematical modelling of neural networks. It will feature discussions between the speakers, and between the speakers and the audience, on how to integrate the research from these different fields. The conference is built around invited lectures but also contains a poster session with submitted contributions.
Abstract submission deadline: 1 August 2015
Early registration deadline: 1 August 2015

Second International Meeting of Psychonomic Society
5-8 May 2016
Granada, Spain
The conference will be an outstanding venue to present your latest findings to an intellectually engaged, diverse and professionally-dedicated community. We are excited that all areas of experimental psychological research will be represented during the conference. Abstracts may be submitted for oral presentations, posters and symposia.
Abstract submission opens: 1 June 2015
Abstract submission deadline: 15 September 2015

Job offers

Post-Doctoral Position in Mind-Wandering, Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris, France
A post-doctoral position has opened to study the neural mechanisms and physiological regulations underlying mind wandering in humans. Candidates with an excellent academic record in cognitive neuroscience, good programming abilities and a strong background in human MEG/EEG data analysis are welcome to apply. Knowledge of, and/or experience with physiological recordings would be a plus. The position is funded for two years, beginning in Fall 2015. The salary is commensurate with experience. The successful candidate will benefit from the interdisciplinary environment of the Department of Cognitive Science, as well as from the state-of-the-art neuroimaging facility (MEG, fMRI, TMS) at nearby Hôpital Pitié-Salpêtrière.  A CV, motivation letter and contact details of at least 2 references should be sent to Jerome Sackur and Catherine Tallon-Baudry.

Post-doctoral Position in Perceptual and Motor Learning and Memory, Tel-Aviv University, Israel
A post-doc position is available in Dr. Nitzan Censor's lab at the Sagol School of Neuroscience and School of Psychological Sciences, Tel-Aviv University, to engage in exciting multidisciplinary research in human perceptual or motor learning and memory. The overall mission of the research is to investigate the link between the way by which memories are formed, modified and internally represented and the resulting learning which enables skill improvements over time. Research will involve a combination of psychophysics, non-invasive brain stimulation and neuroimaging techniques. Enthusiastic candidates with backgrounds in either Neuroscience, Psychology, Physics, Computer Science or Engineering, with excellent collaboration skills, capable of setting up and leading novel research directions are encouraged to contact Dr. Nitzan Censor.

Post-doctoral Position in Cognitive Neuroscience, The University of Chicago, USA
Dr. Sian Beilock and Dr. Marc Berman in the Department of Psychology at the University of Chicago are seeking to make one full-time Post-Doctoral appointment. This research-oriented position will require someone with a unique skill set. We are looking for someone with technical expertise in computer science, mathematics, physics and/or cognitive science and who is interested in applying that technical expertise to tackle big picture questions, such as how the physical environment impacts brain and behaviour and how the physical environment can be manipulated to improve learning. Requirements include a Ph.D. in cognitive science, neuroscience, physics, math, computer science or psychology with research interests in cognitive neuroscience. Responsibilities include experiment design, training and supervising of research assistants, running of experiments in the fMRI scanner, data collection, analysis of fMRI and other data, grant and manuscript preparation. In addition, this position will allow researchers to develop and hone their own research line. Start date is August or September 2015. Please send a current CV to Rachel Fine.
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Professor in Cognitive Neuroscience, Aarhus University, Copenhagen, Denmark
A 5-year position as professor in cognitive neuroscience is available from the 1st of September 2015 at the Center of Functionally Integrative Neuroscience (CFIN). The position aims at the establishment and development of cognitive neuroscience as an area of research at the department. In particular, the applicant should have knowledge of experimental and theoretical consciousness research. The applicant should have a strong methodological background and be able to integrate knowledge from different methods - especially subjective and objective methods. The applicant should be able to use this knowledge in basic research, but also at least to some degree in research relevant for clinical work (in e.g. neurorehabilitation). Furthermore, the applicant is expected to contribute to the establishment of an education in integrative neuroscience.
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Lecturer on Psychology, University of California, Berkeley USA
The University of California is generating an applicant pool of qualified temporary instructors (“Lecturer” title series) to teach courses in the Department of Psychology, should an opening arise. Applicants will be selected from this pool throughout the academic year (including summer). The number of positions varies from semester to semester, depending upon the needs of the Psychology Department. Positions typically start at the beginning of the semester, and appointments may be renewable based on need, funding, and performance. The initial review date for submissions for 2014 summer sessions instructor candidates will be March 1, 2014, but the posting will remain open through December 2015 to accommodate upcoming course needs and new applicants. Appointments for fall semester are usually reviewed in April, spring semester in October, and summer semester in March.
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Lecturer in Experimental Psychology, The Behrend College, Erie, Pennsylvania, USA
The Psychology program at The Behrend College is seeking a full-time, non-tenure track lecturer (3-year, renewable, 48-week position) beginning with fall 2015. The position will require teaching, research, and service. The successful candidate will serve as Coordinator of the Psychology Laboratories. Courses will include introductory psychology, applied experimental, and courses in the candidate’s area of interest. Applicants with interest in teaching cognition, human factors, human computer interaction, psychology of gaming, and/or research methods are especially encouraged to apply. The successful candidate should have experience in coordinating a research lab, running a subject pool, and working with technology and research equipment. Laboratory space is available, and technology and library resources are excellent.
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PhD positions

PhD position in Cognitive Neuroscience, University of Barcelona, Spain
The Brainlab – Cognitive Neuroscience Research Group  invites applications for a 3-year PhD studentship commencing the fall 2015. The PhD thesis will be carried out within the BrainLab research line of predictive processes in motor-sensory interactions. The student will join the recently awarded project “TEMPLATES: Exploring sensory templates for predictive processing through motor-sensory associations”. The Principal Investigator is Dr. Iria SanMiguel. We are seeking for talented graduates in any field related to the Neurosciences (Psychology, Cognitive Sciences, Computer Sciences, Medicine, Biology, Engineering, Physics). Requirements: EU citizenship, 300 ECTS completed (at least 60 ECTS in a Master degree) by the 32st of July 2015, highest academic marks, 4) and computer skills (e.g., Matlab). Candidates are expected to enter the PhD Program in Biomedicine (Area of Neurosciences of University of Barcelona, and to be willing to work hard and travel across the world as part of their training. The studentship will provide a stipend of circa 15,000 EUR/year. Applications will be processed until the position is filled.
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PhD position in Language Development, Psychological Sciences Research Institute Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL), Belgium

Prof. Arnaud Szmalec (Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium) and Prof. Steve Majerus (Université de Liège, Belgium) invite applications for a PhD research position investigating 'The short- and long-term memory determinants of language acquisition'. The position is for 4 years (full time) and is funded by the Fund for Scientific Research. Monthly salary according to standard Belgian wage scales will be around 1800 euros (after taxes). The candidate should have a University Master's degree in Psychology, Logopaedics, Linguistics or a related cognitive science discipline and a strong interest in cognitive research. Other valuable assets include: training in developmental cognitive neuroscience, background in psycholinguistic research, neuroscience research methods and developmental science, good research skills (methodology, statistics, programing), good French and English language skills. Starting date is the 1st of October, 2015
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PhD positions in Psychology, Linguistic and Cognitive Neuroscience, University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy
The PhD program in Psychology, Linguistics and Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Milano-Bicocca offers 9PhD positions (three-year program beginning in November 2015), all of which are supported by a scholarship. The PhD program consists of two ocurricula: Curriculum 1: Mind, Brain and Behaviour, Curriculum 2: Cognitive, Social and Clinical Psychology. Curriculum 1 (Mind, Brain and Behaviour) focuses on the study of attention, cognition, language, motivation and emotion during the whole life span, with emphasis on their functional organisation and neural correlates, and psychometrics. To achieve these goals it exploits the methods and techniques of experimental psychology, psychophysics and psychometrics, developmental psychology, science of language, neuropsychology, cognitive neuroimaging and electrophysiology. Curriculum 2 (Cognitive, Social and Clinical Psychology) focuses on the study of thinking, reasoning and decision processes, personality and its disorders, clinical psychology, social, working and organisational psychology, using the methods of experimental, social and clinical psychology, with a strong interaction between theory and practice.

PhD Position in Cognitive Development, University of Fribourg, Switzerland
Prof. Valérie Camos and Prof. Agnès Blaye invite applications for a three-year Ph.D. position in a project on ‘goal setting in working memory: its critical role in preschoolers’ at the Department of Psychology, University of Fribourg, Switzerland. This project should have important theoretical implications for our understanding of WM development, and more generally cognitive development. This project focuses on preschool ages. This age range has been extensively studied over the last 20 years for the development of executive functions, however it has been poorly examined in terms of WM development. Exigencies for candidates: University Master’s Degree in Psychology (or related cognitive science discipline), background in experimental psychological research, background in developmental psychology, experience with (experimental research in) young children is desirable, excellent French verbal language skills. Starting date: 1st September 2015
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Dementia Research Enabled by IT project (VPH‑DARE@IT)

The project, funded by the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement (no FP7-ICT-2011-9-601055) aims to enable more objective, earlier, predictive and individualised diagnoses and prognoses of dementias to cope with the challenge of an ageing European society. Vph-dare@it will deliver the first patient-specific predictive models for early differential diagnosis of dementias and their evolution. To ensure all of this research benefits not only the research community, but also industry, the clinic and general public, the results need to be shared. You can help in achieving this by sharing information about the project and its results, and provide feedback on dissemination strategies and material.
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Top 10 Illusions of 2015

The Best Illusion of the Year Contest is happy to announce the TOP TEN illusions of 2015! The Best Illusion of the Year Contest is now an annual online event, in which anybody with an internet connection can participate! No matter where you live, you will be able to vote for the TOP THREE winners from the current TOP TEN list!  Worldwide voting will take place in June – stay tuned for further information about the voting date and instructions!
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