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ESCoP News

ESCoP elections

The candidates for President-Elect and members of the Committee have been nominated.  
Candidate for the President-Elect is Klaus Oberauer. Candidates for members of the Committee (of whom 3 will be selected) are: Marios Avraamides, Eva van den Bussche, Davide Crepaldi, Orly Rubinsten, Anna Weighall and Marco Zorzi.
We kindly invite you to participate in the elections, which will be held in early June. All full members of ESCoP will receive personal invitations to vote.

Journal of Cognitive Psychology - changes in subscriptions

We would like to inform you that this month the default format of the Journal subscription will be changed for all ESCoP members to ‘digital only’. If you wish to continue receiving a paper version of the Journal, you will be asked to change the settings in your account or contact ESCoP secretary, Michał Wierzchoń. We will send you notifications once this change is introduced.
 

Journal of Cognitive Psychology

Journal of Cognitive Psychology, Volume 28, Issue 4, June 2016 contains the following articles:
 
A new look at “the hard problem” of bilingual lexical access: evidence for language-switch costs with univalent stimuli
L. Robert Slevc, Nicholas S. Davey & Jared A. Linck
Pages: 385-395 | DOI: 10.1080/20445911.2016.1152274

The influence of second language proficiency on bilingual parallel language activation in Hindi–English bilinguals
Ramesh Kumar Mishra & Niharika Singh
Pages: 396-411 | DOI: 10.1080/20445911.2016.1146725

Executive control in older Welsh monolinguals and bilinguals
Linda Clare, Christopher J. Whitaker, Anthony Martyr, Pamela A. Martin-Forbes, Alexandra J.M. Bastable, Kirstie L. Pye, Catherine Quinn, Enlli M. Thomas, Virginia C. Mueller Gathercole & John V. Hindle
Pages: 412-426 | DOI: 10.1080/20445911.2016.1148041

Decision-making and the framing effect in a foreign and native language
Heather Winskel, Theeraporn Ratitamkul, Victoria Brambley, Tulaya Nagarachinda & Sutheemar Tiencharoen
Pages: 427-436 | DOI: 10.1080/20445911.2016.1139583

Not lost in translation: writing auditorily presented words at study increases correct recognition “at no cost”
Stephen A. Dewhurst, James M. Rackie & Lotte van Esch
Pages: 437-442 | DOI: 10.1080/20445911.2016.1145684

Investigating the lower level demands of writing: handwriting movements interfere with immediate verbal serial recall
Richard Tindle & Mitchell G. Longstaff
Pages: 443-461 | DOI: 10.1080/20445911.2015.1135930

Flexible adjustments of visual selectivity in a Flanker task
Kei Kuratomi & Kazuhito Yoshizaki
Pages: 462-473 | DOI: 10.1080/20445911.2015.1135157

Influence of bidirectional perspective on learning routes and spatial layout
C. Zancada-Menendez, Q. He, P. Sampedro-Piquero, L. Lopez & T. P. McNamara
Pages: 474-485 | DOI: 10.1080/20445911.2016.1143476

Third-party punishment: altruistic and anti-social behaviours in in-group and out-group settings
Daniela Rabellino, Rosalba Morese, Angela Ciaramidaro, Bruno G. Bara & Francesca M. Bosco
Pages: 486-495 | DOI: 10.1080/20445911.2016.1138961

Greater response cardinality indirectly reduces confidence
Simon A. Jackson
Pages: 496-504 | DOI: 10.1080/20445911.2016.1138960

Inherent directionality of “even if” counterfactual conditionals
José Antonio Ruiz-Ballesteros & Sergio Moreno-Ríos
Pages: 505-511 | DOI: 10.1080/20445911.2016.1142996

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Conferences and workshops

Federation of European Neuroscience Society 10th Meeting
Copenhagen, Denmark
2-6 July 2016
 
​The FENS Forum is Europe’s pre-eminent neuroscience meeting: where European Neuroscience meets the world. By uniting thousands of participants, the FENS Forum 2016 will facilitate and promote the exchange of knowledge and neuroscience research. Molecules and photons, neurodegenerative diseases and stem cells are only a few of the key topics to be covered by a top-level scientific programme, alongside lively networking and social events. The FENS Forum is a meeting point for the world’s top experts, mid-career scientists, post-docs and students.
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Registration is now open.


The 8th European Conference on Behavioural Biology 
Vienna, Austria
12-15 July 2016

The conference will include plenary talks, participant proposed symposia, as well as oral and poster presentations. The keynote speakers include: Prof. Dr. Iain D. Couzin (Director of the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology, Konstanz); Prof. Dr. Barbara König (Institute of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies, University of Zurich; Dr. Sonja Koski (Finnish Centre of Excellence in Intersubjectivity in Interaction, University of Helsinki); Priv.-Doz. Dr. Friederike Range (University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna); Prof. Ben Sheldon (University of Oxford).
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Registration is now open


The 22nd AMLaP Conference, Architectures and Mechanisms for Language Processing
Bilbao, Spain
1-3 September 2016
 
AMLaP 2016 aims to bring together psychological, computational, and theoretical perspectives on the cognitive mechanisms underlying any aspect of human language processing. Contributions to AMLaP which explicitly relate empirical and experimental findings to cognitive mechanisms of language processing are especially encouraged. The conference will include keynote speakers, regular talks, panel discussions, and poster sessions.
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Early registration deadline: 15 June 2016


Budapest CEU Conference on Cognitive Development (BCCCD)
Budapest, Hungary
5-7 January 2017
 
BCCCD is the only annual conference entirely focused on cognitive development in Europe. Submissions from all areas within this field of research are welcome. Past BCCCD conferences included presentations on topics such as comparative cognition, cognitive bases of culture, conceptual learning, early social cognition, language, methodological issues, numeracy, or object cognition.
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Symposia and paper submissions deadline: 11 September 2016


The International Convention of Psychological Science
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
23-25 March 2017
 
ICPS is the culmination of efforts by APS and an international network of organizations and individual scientists to stimulate scientific advances that are integrative; that is, in which investigators attack scientific problems by drawing broadly on research conducted at multiple levels of analysis and in multiple branches of psychological science, the cognitive sciences, the neurosciences, and other related disciplines. During the second biennial convention the keynote lectures will be delivered by W. Tecumseh Fitch (University of Vienna, Austria), Linda B. Smith (Indiana University Bloomington) and Thomas Bourgeron (Pasteur Institute).
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Symposium submissions deadline: 15 September 2016
Poster submissions deadline: 30 September 2016

Job offers

Ten permanent contract positions in the Basque Country, Spain
 
Ikerbasque, the Basque Foundation for Science has launched its annual call for attracting senior researchers to the Research Institutions in the Basque Country. The 2016 call offers 10 permanent contract positions for experienced researchers within any of the Basque Research Institution (Universities, BERC – Basque Excellence Research Centres, CIC – Cooperative Research Centres, Biomedical institutions and Technology Corporations, among others). Application deadline is 12 September 2016.
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Research faculty position at Basque Center on Cognition Brain and Language
San Sebastián, Basque Country, Spain
 
The Basque Center on Cognition Brain, and Language has an open research staff position (Staff Scientist) in the area of language acquisition.  The Center promotes a rich research environment with minimal teaching obligations. It provides access to the most advanced behavioural and neuroimaging techniques, including 3 Tesla MRI, a whole-head MEG system, four ERP labs, a NIRS lab, the baby lab (including an eyetracker), two eyetracking labs, and several well-equipped behavioural labs. There are excellent technical support staff and research personnel (PhD and postdoctoral students). This position has a term of appointment of 5 years. Candidates should have at least 3-5 years of postdoctoral experience and a very strong publication track record. We encourage immediate applications as the selection process will be ongoing and the appointment may be made before the deadline. Application deadline is 30 September 2016.
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Postdoctoral positions at the Basque Center on Cognition, Brain and Language
San Sebastián, Basque Country, Spain
 
The Basque Center on Cognition, Brain and Language offers postdoctoral positions in three main broad areas or research: Language, reading and developmental disorders; Multilingualism and second language learning and Neurodegeneration, brain damage and healthy aging. The Center (recently awarded the label of excellence Severo Ochoa) promotes a rich research environment without substantial teaching obligations. It provides access to the most advanced behavioral and neuroimaging techniques, including 3 Tesla MRI, a whole-head MEG system, four ERP labs, a NIRS lab, a baby lab including an eyetracker, two eyetracking labs, and several well-equipped behavioral labs.  There are excellent technical support staff and research personnel (PhD and postdoctoral students). The positions have a term of appointment of 2 years with a possible renewal. We are looking for cognitive neuroscientists or experimental psychologists with a background in psycholinguistics and/or neighboring cognitive neuroscience areas, computational modelers, and physicists and/or engineers with fmri/MEG expertise. We encourage immediate applications as the selection process will be ongoing and the appointment may be made before the deadline. Application deadline is 30 September 2016.
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Postdoctoral position in MEG correlates of statistical learning and language processing
Basque Center on Cognition Brain and Language, San Sebastián, Basque Country, Spain
 
The Basque Center on Cognition Brain and Language is offering a postdoctoral position focused on the MEG correlates of statistical learning and language processing, as part of ERC-funded research project (PI: Ram Frost). The successful candidate will have a rigorous background in MEG data acquisition and analysis, have a high level of independence, and a strong publication record.  The candidate should also be able to contribute to the broader research goals of the project which include computational, behavioural, and fMRI investigations of the neural basis of statistical learning and language learning conducted in collaboration with research groups at the Hebrew University and the University of Toronto.  Application deadline is 15 July 2016.
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Four postdoctoral positions in cognitive neuroscience of time perception
International School for Advanced Studies of Trieste, Italy
 
Four post-doc positions are available to work with Domenica Bueti on a European Research Council funded project (“How the Human Brain Masters Time – BiT”) at the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA) of Trieste. By using neurostimulation (TMS, tDCS), neuroimaging (fMRI at 7T, and EEG) techniques and the simultaneous combination of TMS and EEG, the project aims to understand the neural mechanisms and the cognitive architecture subserving human abilities to perceive, represent, and manipulate information about time. The candidates must have a PhD (or equivalent) in neuroscience or a related field, should have expertise in either neurostimulation (TMS and/or tDCS) or neuroimaging techniques (fMRI and/or EGG), have competence in programming (Matlab) and interest in the research topic.  The successful candidate is expected to work within the general framework of the project, but also to actively contribute with his/her own ideas. The starting date for these positions is flexible. Initially for two years, the positions can be extended up to three years. To apply, please send to Domenica Bueti (domenica.bueti@sissa.it) in a single pdf file, a CV, the contact information of two referees, a brief statement describing your personal qualifications and future research interests. Closing date for applications is 31 July 2016.
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Postdoctoral positions in The Social Mind and Body Group
Central European University, Budapest, Hungary
 
The Social Mind and Body Group (Somby) at Central European University (CEU), Budapest, invites applications for post-doctoral research positions. The positions are funded through three different ERC grants (ERC Consolidator grant on “Joint action expertise: behavioural, cognitive, and neural mechanisms for joint action learning” led by Prof. Natalie Sebanz; ERC Synergy grant on “Constructing social minds: coordination, communication, and cultural transmission”, led by Prof. Günther Knoblich; ERC Starting Grant on “The Sense of Commitment: An Integrative Framework for Modelling the Sense of Commitment“, led by Asst. Prof. John Michael). Prospective candidates should hold a Ph.D. (or equivalent) in Cognitive Psychology, Cognitive (neuro-) science, Social Cognition, Music Cognition or a related field. Programming skills (Matlab, Python, E-Prime, Presentation etc.) are highly desirable. Experience with running and analysing eye tracking and motion tracking experiments, EEG experiments, and studies of music performance is also desirable. The positions are available for 2 years with the possibility of extension. Compensation will be commensurate with experience. We offer a competitive salary (comparable to salaries for post-doc positions in the US or UK), and a dynamic environment with state of the art facilities, international collaborations, and innovative research. Application deadline is 30 June 2016.
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Postdoctoral fellowship: empirical testing of integrated information theory with neural recording
Monash University, Australia
 
A postdoctoral position is available to work on a Japan Science and Technology funded CREST research project on “Towards constructing artificial consciousness based on the integrated information theory (IIT)” (pis: Kanai, Kawanabe and Maekawa, Co-pis: Tsuchiya and Oizumi). The project started in October 2015 and will run for 5.5 years till March 2021. The initial appointment will be for one year, with renewal based upon satisfactory performance and evaluation. Salary will be commensurate with experience.  We are looking for a postdoctoral fellow whose main research interest is the neuronal basis of consciousness, the analysis of multi-channel neural data and the integrated information theory (IIT) of consciousness, in order to empirically test predictions from IIT in real neural systems. Interested candidates are encouraged to send a CV, statement of research accomplishments and interests, PDF copies of representative publications, and contact information for to reference letters to: naotsugu.tsuchiya@monash.edu Application review will begin immediately and continue until the positions are filled.


Postdoctoral position in early mathematics development
Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee, USA
 
A postdoctoral research position is anticipated in the Department of Psychology and Human Development at Vanderbilt University working in the research group led by Dr. Bethany Rittle-Johnson. The study involves both longitudinal and intervention research with preschool children to examine the unique predictive and causal contributions of pattern and spatial skills to early mathematics development. The aim is to identify malleable cognitive processes underlying the acquisition of mathematics knowledge and skills. This is a three-year study that has been recommended for funding (final approval pending). We seek a highly qualified applicant who has earned a doctorate degree in psychology, education or a related field. Candidates with expertise in spatial and/or math cognition, experience conducting research with children, and a first-author journal publication are preferred, and applicants from under-represented minorities are especially encouraged to apply. Please send a letter of interest describing graduate training and research interests, curriculum vitae, two publications and the names and contact information for three potential references, by electronic mail to bethany.rittle-johnson@vanderbilt.edu, with POSTDOC INQUIRY in the subject line. If you have questions or require further information, please contact the PI. Review of applications will begin immediately. The appointment will begin July 2016 for an initial period of one year; position is eligible for renewal. 
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Postdoctoral position in visual science
Bar Ilan University, Israel
 
Our new Visual Science and Optometry department in Bar Ilan is seeking highly motivated individuals to be involved in exciting research in visual sciences from brain and cognition mechanisms supporting visual perception, to retinal research. We study normal and atypical vision across the lifespan, including acquired but also developmental cases of visual perception deficits. We also investigate how visual correction paradigms influence visual functions in deficient vision conditions. Enthusiastic candidates with backgrounds in neuroimaging, cognitive or computational neuroscience, optometry, psychology, computer science, mathematics, engineering or physics, with excellent collaboration skills, capable of initiating and leading novel research projects are encouraged to contact us (see below). The PhD/post-doc work would require experience and good programming skills (as in Matlab, C/C++), strong written and verbal communication skills, and proficient knowledge of English. Preference will be given to candidates with strong neuroimaging, computational, or quantitative background. However, applicants with strong background in related disciplines of cognitive neuroscience are welcome to apply. 
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Two PhD positions at Aix-Marseille University, France
 
We are currently inviting applications for two PhD positions starting in September 2016 for 3 years under the supervision of Jonathan Grainger at the Cognitive Psychology research unit (LPC) in Marseille. One position is part of a project on parallel orthographic processing and multi-word reading. The project involves word recognition experiments and sentence reading experiments using an eye-tracker. The experiments are designed to test a computational model of orthographic processing during sentence reading that we are currently developing. The second position is part of a joint French-German project on the role of derivational morphology in learning to read. The project involves large-scale testing of primary school children with behavioral experiments (auditory and visual lexical decision, and priming experiments) at the school premises. The successful candidates will have a background in Experimental Psychology / Cognitive Science, with expertise in methodology and statistics (LME analyses using R). The main tasks will involve the design, implementation, and execution of experiments, and analysis of the obtained data. Candidates for the second position should speak fluent French. Please send applications / enquiries to Jonathan Grainger (jonathan.grainger@univ-amu.fr).

Doctoral programmes

Doctoral programme in Berlin School of Mind and Brain, Germany

The Berlin School of Mind and Brain offers a three-year doctoral degree program in English. Doctoral candidates are admitted by a four-step process that identifies the 10–15 best applicants. Research within the School concentrates on six paradigmatic topics each of which connects brain- and mind-related research: perception, attention, and consciousness; decision-making; language; brain plasticity and lifespan ontogeny; brain disorders and mental dysfunction; human sociality and the brain. Research is strongly embedded in the basic and clinical research conducted within the region allowing for synergistic research initiatives and opportunities. Application deadline for students with secured funding is 15 July 2016.
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Berlin School of Mind and Brain Travel Awards 2016
 
The School is delighted to announce a number of travel awards for students who are interested in exploring the possibility of doctoral studies at the School. In order to be eligible for this award you need to meet the basic eligibility criteria for applying to the School’s doctoral program in 2016; in particular you need to have completed or be in the process of completing a Master’s or equivalent degree in an area of study relevant to the School. Successful applicants will be invited to visit the School from 17 till 21 October 2016. The award will cover travel expenses and accommodation for four nights. Applicants will have ample opportunities to meet with the school’s faculty and doctoral candidates, establish contacts relevant for their research interest, see the School’s facilities and get a better sense of the city itself. Application deadlines is 30 June 2016.
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Call for papers

Call for Submissions: Embodied cognition and STEM learning
A Special Issue/Article Collection for Cognitive Research: Principles and Implications (CRPI)
 
The purpose of this collection of papers is to explore how embodied cognition might be applied to augment STEM learning. Papers may be empirical studies on the effectiveness of embodied cognition for teaching specific STEM concepts; theoretical or tutorial reviews of papers within a certain domain of STEM disciplines, e.g., astronomy, or of embodied cognition, e.g., hands-on-learning; or theoretical papers on why embodied cognition might be effective for STEM learning.
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Manuscripts submission deadline: 1 July 2016