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Seasonal greetings

Dear ESCoP Members,
on behalf of the ESCoP Committee
we wish you all Happy Holidays.


ESCoP events

The 4th ESCoP Summer School on “Computational and Mathematical Modelling of Cognition”
Dobbiaco, Dolomites, Italy
10-24 July 2016
Most areas of cognitive psychology have recognised the power of computational and mathematical models and have embraced the benefits they offer rigorous theorising. One illustration of this trend is the growing popularity of Bayesian approaches to cognitive modelling. This powerful trend comes, however, at a cost: The complexity of models and modelling techniques render it increasingly difficult for non-experts to acquire the necessary skills and keep pace with developments.
This summer school is dedicated to introducing researchers to the basic techniques of computational and mathematical modelling from the ground up and in a hands-on manner. The instructors represent a broad range of expertise and are all research leaders in their field with extensive experience in teaching modelling. We invite applications from researchers at all levels (graduate students, post-docs, and faculty), from anywhere in the world.
Application deadline: 30 April 2016

The 2nd International Meeting of the Psychonomic Society
Granada, Spain
5-8 May 2016
The conference will be an outstanding opportunity to find out about the latest findings and meet an intellectually engaged, diverse and professionally-dedicated community. All areas of European and North American Experimental Psychology research will be represented during the conference. It promises exciting sessions with John Duncan (University of Cambridge), Judith Kroll (Pennsylvania State University), Eleanor Maguire (University College London) and Eldar Shafir (Princeton University), all of whom are confirmed as keynote speakers. The meeting is supported by The Center for Mind, Brain & Behaviour and the Experimental Psychology Department at the University of Granada. Additionally, the conference is organized in cooperation with the Spanish Society of Experimental Psychology (SEPEX) and the European Society for Cognitive Psychology (ESCoP).

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Conferences and workshops

Cognitive Science Arena
Brixen, Italy
19-20 February 2016
The aim of CSA is to hold a conference where young scientists can disseminate their scientific contributions in a friendly and cooperative environment with participants challenging scientists in productive debate. In particular, highly innovative research ideas as well as “in progress” research is encouraged. Topics include (but are not limited to): developmental and animal cognition, developmental education, language, memory, perception, psychometrics, neuroscience, social and clinical psychology. Note, that only a limited number of abstracts can be accepted.
Abstract submission deadline: 15 January 2016

Neuronus IBRO & IRUN Neuroscience Forum
Krakow, Poland
22-24 April 2016
To continue the great success of previous editions and to attract the audience, three very active days with keynote lectures, parallel oral presentations and poster sessions are planned. NEURONUS 2016 keynote lectures will be delivered by: Ghislaine Dehaene-Lambertz (Cognitive Neuroimaging Unit, INSERM, Gif/Yvette); Christian Büchel (Department of Systems Neuroscience, University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf) and Karl Gegenfurtner (Department of Psychology, Giessen University).

Abstract submission deadline:  14 February 2016
Early registration deadline:  1 March 2016

International Workshop on Reading and Developmental Dyslexia
Bilbao, Spain
5-7 May 2016

The aim of the workshop is to promote an exchange of ideas between world-class dyslexia experts through talks and round tables, and facilitate transfer of knowledge between practitioners and scientists. The ultimate goal is to understand the causes of dyslexia and improve detection protocols and remediation techniques. The workshop is split into two parts: Theoretical Perspectives and From Theory to Practice, each of which should be registered for separately. In order to secure your place for this event, please register as soon as possible as the number of places is limited.

Abstract submission deadline: 20 January 2016
Early registration deadline: 1 March 2016

International Conference “Cognitive and Neural Mechanisms of Human Memory”
Cluj-Napoca, Romania
17-20 May 2016
The conference will cover some of the most recent and exciting developments from the field of cognitive neuroscience of human memory, with leading researchers as invited speakers and with discussions around key topics during round tables, workshops, oral and poster sessions. We welcome both established and junior researchers to join us for this exciting event!
Abstract submission deadline: 20 December 2015

10th Annual International Conference on Psychology of the Athens Institute for Education and Research
Athens, Greece
23-26 May 2016
The Psychology Research Unit of the Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER) is holding its 10th Annual International Conference on Psychology. The aim of the conference is to bring together scholars and students of psychology and other related disciplines.  You may participate as panel organizer, presenter of one paper,  session chair, or observer.
Abstract submission deadline: 25 January 2016

The 7th International Conference on Language, Culture and Mind
Changsha, China
1-4 June 2016
The Language, Culture and Mind conference series provides an international and interdisciplinary forum for the integration of biological, cognitive, social and cultural perspectives in theoretical and empirical studies of language and communication. The keynote theme for LCM 7 will be: Signs of Life: Cultural contact—change and continuity in language, thought and identity.
Abstract submission deadline: 5 January 2016

Cognitive Futures in the Humanities 2016
Helsinki, Finland

13-15 June 2016
The conference in Helsinki aims to bring together a wide array of papers from the cognitive sciences, philosophy, literary studies, linguistics, cultural studies, critical theory, film, performance studies, musicology and beyond. The topics studied include mindreading or mentalizing, embodiment, ‘bio’ narratives and biocentrism, perception and memory, affect and emotion, performance, movement and kinesis, subjectivity/qualia and the narrated self, conceptual blending, multimodality, linguistic creativity and figurative language, bilingualism/multilingualism, translation and digital text processing
Abstract submission deadline: 6 January 2016

The 7th International Conference on Cognitive Science
Svetlogorsk, Russia
20-24 June 2016
The conference is intended to provide a multidisciplinary forum for scientists exploring cognition and its evolution, intellect, thinking, perception, consciousness, knowledge representation and acquisition, language as a means of cognition and communication, brain mechanisms of cognition, emotion and higher forms of behaviour. Psychologists, linguists, neuroscientists, computer scientists, philosophers, anthropologists, specialists in education, artificial intelligence, neuroinformatics and cognitive ergonomics, as well as other researchers interested in interdisciplinary research on cognition are invited to participate in the conference.
Abstract submission deadline: 10 December 2015

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.
Abstract submission deadline: 15 April 2016
Early registration deadline: 15 June 2016

Conference on Multilingualism
Ghent, Belgium
11-13 September 2016
The Conference on Multilingualism has a longstanding tradition. It started in 2005 at the University of Trento under the name ‘Workshop on Bilingualism’. Since then, the name has been changed a couple of times to ‘Neurobilingualism’ and ‘Workshop of Neurobilingualism’. This makes the current conference the ninth edition of the gathering. We decided to continue the tradition under the somewhat broader label of ‘Conference on multilingualism’ in order to include different aspects of cognition and not limit the scope to just bilingualism. Suitable topics for presentation are all cognitive aspects of bilingualism and multilingualism, including (but not limited to) language processing, cognitive control, and (working) memory.
Abstract submission deadline: 18 March 2016

Job offers

Postdoctoral positions at 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; 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). 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. The positions have a term of appointment of 2 years with a possible renewal. Application deadline is 15 January 2016.
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Postdoctoral position in Music-related Performance Science
Institute of Musicians' Medicine, Dresden, Germany
The Institute of Musician's Medicine (IMM) in Dresden, Germany, seeks a postdoctoral candidate to work on music-related performance science with Professor Hans-Christian Jabusch. The successful candidate shall foster our research focus on music-related performance science, which we pursue with optically based 3D high speed motion capture, electrophysiology, and MIDI technology. We seek an experimental psychologist with background in music-related performance research and: a PhD in experimental psychology or related field, expert knowledge in statistical data analysis, experience with music-related 3D motion capture, experience with vector algebra and time series analysis (desirable), excellent English language skills (written and oral) and the ability to work effectively in a small team, and to supervise students' projects. Basic knowledge of German is an asset but not essential. Applications deadline is 13 December 2015.
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Faculty Positions in Psychology at Kadir Has University
Istanbul, Turkey

Kadir Has University, Department of Psychology invites applications for two full-time faculty positions of any rank in the following areas:
social, cognitive, developmental, or industrial/organizational psychology and clinical psychology. The candidate will be expected to contribute to undergraduate and graduate teaching in relation to his/her area of expertise and to have an active research and publication agenda. Department of Psychology at Kadir Has University has a rapidly growing team of internationally connected academics and the university is committed to expanding the department to include graduate programs. Kadir Has University is an established highly reputable foundation trust university. The language of instruction is English. Application deadline is 26 February 2016.

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Doctoral programmes

PhD positions in Language Sciences
The International Max Planck Research School for Language Sciences, Nijmegen, the Netherlands
The IMPRS for Language Sciences is now advertising 3 fully funded PhD positions. The school is the leading research school in the world devoted to studying the foundations of human language. It is a joint initiative of the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour, and the Centre for Language Studies of the Radboud University. The research school offers unrivalled training, top facilities (from genetics labs, advanced brain imaging techniques, psychology labs to supported fieldwork opportunities), and an outstanding interdisciplinary environment. PhD projects are fully funded for four years. PhD students receive a monthly salary sufficient to cover living costs in Nijmegen.
Applicants must have a Master’s degree (or expect to complete one before September 2016) in a relevant field. The working language of the research school is English. Closing date for the applications is 6 January 2016.
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Scholarships for doctoral projects
The Berlin School of Mind and Brain, Germany
The Berlin School of Mind and Brain is pleased to announce the availability of two scholarships for doctoral projects to be worked on under the supervision of Professor Vittorio Gallese, Einstein Visiting Fellow at the Berlin School of Mind and Brain 2016-2018, and Professor Michael Pauen, Berlin School of Mind and Brain. The scholarships are: "Socio-cultural identity and shared aesthetic practices" and "Mirror neurons and the Second Person Perspective". The requirements are MSc/MA in a relevant field, excellent skills in written and spoken English, strong motivation to work in an interdisciplinary environment. Scholarships are to start as soon as possible and are available until 31 December 2018, irrespective of the starting date. Application deadline is 31 December 2015.
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PhD position in Cognitive electrophysiology of disorders of consciousness
University of Birmingham, UK

Applications are welcome from students who are keen to investigate the brain mechanisms that support consciousness and cognition, and to apply these methods to complex clinical questions. The lab uses EEG and behavioural experiments in both healthy volunteers and patients with severe brain injury. Our work is directly translated into the development of diagnostic and prognostic biomarkers to be used in clinical settings, as well as the development of novel treatment approaches. Applicants should have a research-oriented background in cognitive neuroscience, experimental psychology, or computer science and should be undaunted by the challenge of learning computer programming and time series data analysis. Previous experience with neuroimaging and/or patient research is desirable. Applications are invited for a PhD to begin in September 2016.
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PhD program in Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science
Brighton, UK
Applications will shortly be accepted for two funded Ph.D. scholarship places at the Sacker Centre, University of Sussex, UK. This competitive programme will fully support (living expenses and UK/EU tuition fees) two exceptional students to study for a doctoral degree in the area of consciousness science, starting September 2016.  Sussex University also has other exciting opportunities for funded postgraduate study, including the MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience, and the 4-year PhD programme offered by Sussex Neuroscience. Application deadline: 22 January 2016
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Call for papers

Neuroscience of Consciousness

The official journal of the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness, Neuroscience of Consciousness, has extended its fee waiver to cover all articles submitted by the end of 2016. The journal is fully open access.
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