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ESCoP Related Issues

Dear ESCoP Members, 

this is the last newsletter in this academic year. We will return at the end of August with news about voting results for the new ESCoP Executive Committee members.

We wish you a good summer!


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Conferences and workshops

9th FENS Forum of Neuroscience
Milan, Italy
6-9 July 2014
FENS is the voice of European neuroscience. With 42 neuroscience member societies across 32 European countries, FENS as an organisation represents close to 23.000 European neuroscientists with a clear mission to advance European neuroscience education and research. Since the start in Berlin 1998, the FENS Forum has established itself as the largest Neuroscience event in Europe. Taking place in even years, the FENS Forum rotates between different European countries and attracts more than 6000 international delegates.
On-line registration deadline: 23 July 2014
On-site registration possible.

14th International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents 
Boston, USA
27-29 August 2014
IVA 2014 is an interdisciplinary annual conference and the main leading scientific forum for presenting research on modelling, developing and evaluating intelligent virtual agents with a focus on communicative abilities and social behaviour. In addition to presentations on theoretical issues, the conference encourages the showcasing of working applications. Researchers from the fields of human-human and human-robot interaction are also encouraged to share work with a relevance to intelligent virtual agents.
Early bird registration deadline: 15 July 2014

The 24th annual conference of the European Second Language Association 
York, UK
3-6 September 2014
The 24th annual conference of the EUROSLA is being hosted by the Centre for Language Learning Research, Department of Education, University of York. The Plenary Speakers include: Albert Costa (Pompeu Fabra Univeristy), Leah Roberts (Univeristy of York) and Natasha Tokowicz (Univeristy of Pittsburgh).
Early birds registration deadline: 30 June 2014
12th Biannual Conference of the German Cognitive Science Society
Tubingen, Germany
29 September – 2 October 2014
Join us for the 12th Biannual Conference - "KogWis 2014: How Language and Behavior Constitute Cognition”. The conference will take place at the Kupferbau of the Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen, in Tübingen, Germany. Tübingen is renown for its Neuroscience Centers (Werner Reichardt Centre for Integrative Neuroscience (CIN), Hertie Institue for Clinical Brain Research, Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience), its Clinical Facilities, its Max-Planck Research Institutes on Intelligent Systems, Developmental Biology, and Biological Cybernetics, its Linguistics Research Focus on the Construction of Meaning, its new Cognitive Science program, among others.
Early registration deadline: 31 July 2014
Conference of the Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience Society
Tuscon, USA
5-7 January 2015
The purpose of the ACNS is to bring together researchers in speech, psychoacoustics, auditory neurophysiology, cognitive psychology, linguistics, computer science, etc. to discuss the cognitive/perceptual processing of complex acoustic signals like speech, music and natural sounds. This multidisciplinary approach is necessary to breech the artificial barriers between descriptions of peripheral and central mechanisms, between speech sounds and other complex sounds and between theoretical interpretation and practical application.

More details to be announced.
4th Annual International Conference on Cognitive and Behavioural Psychology
9-10 February 2015
Global perspectives shall complement discussions regarding the generation, promotion and implementation of evidence-based psychological practice. Psychology professionals now more than ever are being called upon to respond to the needs of society and individuals experiencing crisis in different forms such as war, famine, economic turmoil, crime, murder, abuse, loneliness, and despair. This conference aims to bring together the world’s leading researchers, engineers and scientists whose professional interests involve psychological theories and practices and able to generate a major contribution to the formulation of global and regional strategies in the advancement of Psychology. The keynote lecture will be given by prof. Gabriel Tan (National University of Sinagpore).
Full paper submission deadline: 29 August 2014
Early Bird Registration deadline: 8 December 2014
International Convention of Psychological Science
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
12-14 March 2015
The Association for Psychological Science and the members of the Initiative for Integrative Science invite the international community of psychological scientists and related disciplines to a major new event: The International Convention of Psychological Science. 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. The initiative has been designed, in essence, to surmount artificial disciplinary boundaries that can impede scientific progress and to highlight areas of investigation in which those boundaries have already been overcome. The ICPS Keynote speakers include: Stanislas Dehaene (Collège de France and INSERM-CEA, France), George Lakoff (of California, USA) and Terrie E. Moffitt (Duke University, USA).
Symposium submission deadline: 17 September 2014
Poster submission deadline: 30 September 2014
2nd International Conference on Music and Consciousness
14-17 April 2015
Oxford, UK
Organised jointly by the Faculty of Music, University of Oxford, and the University of Newcastle's International Centre for Music Studies. Following on from the success of the first International Conference on Music and Consciousness and the edited volume Music and Consciousness to which this led, this second conference is again intended as a forum for the exchange of perspectives from a broad range of disciplines, including but not restricted to:  neuroscience, psychology, phenomenology, philosophy, sociology, musicology, performance studies, ethnomusicology, music therapy, evolutionary psychology, cognitive archaeology, and cultural history.
Proposals submission deadline: 31 July 2014
International Psychological Applications Conference and Trends 
Ljubljana, Slovenia
2-4 May 2015 
The goal for this conference is to offer a new approach to the discussion and presentation of the psychological science nowadays. We expect to engage and interact with authors and researchers from various countries, cultures and fields in the area. We provide the answer to expose new quality developments in research and theoretical findings in Applied Psychology. Some main areas are chosen and divided in more detailed sub-themes (see below), not omitting other topics regarding groundbreaking contributions that might benefit attendees at the conference.
Abstract submission deadline: 18 July 2014

Calls for papers

Special Issue Call For Papers in Cognition & Emotion
Emotional collectives: How groups shape emotions and emotions shape groups. 

Guest Editors: Gerben A. Van Kleef (University of Amsterdam) and Agneta Fischer (University of Amsterdam).
The focus of the special issue will be on intragroup (as opposed to intergroup) processes. The core questions that we aim to address are: 1. How group-level phenomena shape the emergence of emotions in groups; 2. How the expression and regulation of emotions in groups is shaped by group-level cognitions, values, and expectations (e.g., display rules, emotional culture); 3. How emotional expressions are recognized, decoded, and interpreted in group settings; 4. How the emotional expressions of group members influence fellow group members' emotions, cognitions, and behavior.
More information 
Submission deadline: 31 August 2014

Research topic in Frontiers in Psychology
Dynamic of sensory-motor interactions in embodied cognition
The present research topic focuses on the dynamic relationship between present and absent sensory-motor components across perception, memory, action and emotion in a grounded cognition perspective. This research topic aims 1) to demonstrate the validity of the embodied cognition theories 2) to highlight the dynamic of emergence of conceptual knowledge, action and emotion 3) to provide a comprehensive state-of-the-art theoretical explanation and/or models and 4) to explore the neural underpinnings of these dynamics. We encourage original research articles, reviews, theory articles, meta-analysis, methodological articles, and brief commentaries/opinion. Experimental and theoretical contributions from behavioural, neuropsychological and neuroimaging studies are welcomed.
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Abstract submission deadline: 31 July 2014
Full article submission deadline: 30 November 2014
General call for papers for a new journal: Decision
Decision is a multidisciplinary research journal focused on a theoretical understanding of neural, cognitive, social, and economic aspects of judgment and decision-making behavior. The journal will publish articles that present new theory or new empirical research addressing theoretical issues or both. To achieve this goal, Decision will publish three types of articles: long articles that make major theoretical contributions, shorter articles that make major empirical contributions, and brief review articles that target rapidly rising trends or new topics in decision making.
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Job offers

Postdoctoral position in Cognitive Neuroscience
Brussels, Belgium
The CoActions lab, headed by Etienne Olivier, is hiring a postdoctoral researcher to work on the brain mechanisms of attentional effort by means of pharmacological functional imagery and magnetic resonance spectroscopy. Requirements: Recent PhD in a relevant field (e.g., Psychology, Neuroscience, Biomedical Engineering). Experience with brain imaging. Especially, knowledge of magnetic resonance spectroscopy would be appreciated.  Programming skills (e.g., MATLAB). International Mobility (stay in Belgium shorter than two years over the last 3 years), The work will be done in collaboration with Dr. Alexandre Zénon, Senior research associate in the. For further detail and application, please contact Dr. Alexandre Zénon (by email to including a current CV, a cover letter outlining your research interests and two letters of reference.
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Postdoctoral Fellow in Learning Sciences Institute, Arizona State University
Arizona, USA
The Learning Sciences Institute at Arizona State University invites applications for a Postdoctoral Fellow position in the Science of Learning and Educational Technologies (SoLET) Laboratory. The Postdoctoral Fellow will contribute to projects that explore the optimal implementation and combination of features within intelligent tutoring systems and game-based learning environments. The candidate will be involved in conducting experimental and classroom studies, with tasks including experimental design, materials and game development, data analysis, data mining, personnel management, and participant recruitment. The candidate must have earned a Ph.D. degree in cognitive psychology, learning sciences, education, educational technology, or in a related field within the past four years. The candidate should be proficient and have a solid background in quantitative and experimental methodology and a solid record of refereed publications.
Review of applicants begins June 2, 2014 until the position is filled.
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Research Fellow - Neuropsychology
Auckland, New Zealand
The University of Auckland School of Psychology, in collaboration with the Centre for Brain Research within the School of Medical Sciences, is seeking applications for two (2) Research Fellows to carry out research on the neurodevelopment of human learning and educational remediation. The position would suit applicants with a background in developmental psychology, educational psychology, education, or cognitive neuroscience. Experience in the use of behavioural and/or neural measures of cognition and learning in children is recommended and an interest in the learning needs of children with neurodevelopmental disorders is essential. Applicants must have completed a PhD and have a track record of relevant published papers.
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Lectureship in Psychology, Queen Mary University of London
London, UK
Queen Mary is one of the largest colleges in the University of London and one of the UK's leading research-intensive institutions, having joined the Russell Group in 2012. We are in the midst of a 5-year program of recruitment to invest in the acknowledged strengths in the school and advance its areas of internationally competitive activity. The Division of Biological and Experimental Psychology is one of these focal areas, having been founded in 2008 and now comprising 13 permanent academics. The Division emphasizes a biological approach to psychology, integrating both human and animal studies to probe the mechanisms of cognition, perception, communication, decision-making, social networks and resilience. We are now seeking an ambitious research-driven scientist with a strong track record of research outputs and potential for funding, to complement our group and join the Division at the lecturer or senior lecturer level. Area of research is open but applications from candidates probing molecular, cellular and physiological mechanisms contributing to behaviour or cognition are particularly encouraged. Research may focus on either humans or animal models, but an interest in bridging between the two is valuable.
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Research Associate, Department of Psychology
Pittsburgh, USA
Lab research focuses on topics in high-level vision such as face, object, motion and scene perception, investigated with behavioral and neuroimaging techniques (including fMRI, diffusion imaging, and MEG), and leveraging analysis methods that utilize machine learning and modeling. A successful candidate will assist with all aspects of research in the lab, from experiment programming, data collection, data analysis, and publication. Responsibilities include but are not limited to: assisting with programming in Psychophysics Toolbox, generation of stimuli including 3D graphics and animations, recruiting participants and collecting behavioral data, assisting with fMRI data collection and processing, helping maintain and organize lab resources such as computers/software and data, and administrative management of the lab including IRB forms and participant payment.
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