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ESCoP News

ESCoP funding for
Thematic Meetings 

We kindly remind you that ESCoP is offering partial funding for the recurrent meetings dedicated to specific research topics that are organised by ESCoP members interested in a certain research area. Proposals should be sent by email to the ESCoP Secretary, Michal Wierzchon. Deadline is 1 June 2016. The committee will evaluate all proposals and communicate the final decision within two months after the deadline.
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ESCoP elections

We invite all full members to nominate candidates for the Committee members and the President-elect position. Nominations should be sent to the ESCoP Secretary, Michal Wierzchon. Please submit the nominations by 7th of May 2016. Elections will be held in early June. For the procedure of nominations see the Article 17th of the ESCoP Constitution.

Journal of Cognitive Psychology

Journal of Cognitive Psychology, Volume 23, Issue 3, 2016 contains the following articles:

Investigating the relationship between bilingualism, cognitive control, and mind wandering
Yuu Kusunose, Yasushi Hino & Stephen J. Lupker
Pages: 257-274 | DOI:10.1080/20445911.2015.1128438

Masked semantic priming effects from the prime's orthographic neighbours
Yuu Kusunose, Yasushi Hino & Stephen J. Lupker
Pages: 275-296 | DOI:10.1080/20445911.2015.1134542

Children's creation of algorithms: simulations and gestures
Monica Bucciarelli, Robert Mackiewicz, Sangeet S. Khemlani & Philip N. Johnson-Laird
Pages: 297-318 | DOI:10.1080/20445911.2015.1134541

Cognitive empathy modulates the visual perception of human-like body postures without imitation
Misato Oi, Hiroshi Ito, Hirofumi Saito, Shuang Meng & Victor Alberto Palacios
Pages: 319-328 | DOI:10.1080/20445911.2015.1127250

Walking through doorways causes forgetting: environmental effects
Kyle A. Pettijohn & Gabriel A. Radvansky
Pages: 329-340 | DOI:10.1080/20445911.2015.1123712

Preference modulates smelling behaviour in olfactory decision tasks
Takashi Mitsuda
Pages: 341-347 | DOI:10.1080/20445911.2015.1108323

Spatial conditionals and illusory inferences
Marco Ragni, Tobias Sonntag & Philip N. Johnson-Laird
Pages: 348-365 | DOI:10.1080/20445911.2015.1127925

The effect of personal attitudes on information processing biases in religious individuals
Omar Yousaf & Fernand Gobet
Pages: 366-373 | DOI:10.1080/20445911.2015.1135156

Effects of ego-depletion on choice behaviour in a multi-attribute decision task
Sebastian Dummel & Jan Rummel
Pages: 374-383 | DOI:10.1080/20445911.2015.1135929

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Conferences and workshops

Neural Plasticity Workshop: Insights from Deafness and Language
London, UK
3-4 June 2016
 
During infancy, there are discrete periods during which the brain has an enhanced capacity for reorganisation in response to environmental inputs: the ‘sensitive’ periods of brain plasticity. Traditionally, it has been thought that reorganisation after a sensitive period is not possible. However, recent research has shown that plasticity is a property of both the developing and adult brain, and that functional recovery after the close of sensitive periods is possible. Integrating animal and human models, and insights from the study of deafness and language, in this workshop we will discuss mechanisms of brain plasticity throughout the lifespan, its impact on perception and cognition, and the current and future applications for functional adaptation.
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Registration is now open.


European Workshop on Imagery and Cognition
Paris, France
6-8 June 2016
 
For its 30th anniversary, the next European Workshop on Imagery and Cognition returns to Paris, France. This scientific meeting is devoted to the study of the various forms of mental imagery (e.g., visual, auditory, and motor imagery) as well as related topics (e.g., perception, attention, working memory, spatial cognition, and language comprehension) using behavioural methods and neuroscience techniques. The invited speakers are M. Denis, M. De Vega, S. M. Kosslyn and B. Poucet.
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Early registration deadline: 5 May 2016


The 3rd Model-Based Neuroscience Summer School
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
27 June – 1 July 2016
 
The summer school will provide students with hands-on experience in both cognitive modelling using diffusion and accumulator models and simple neuroscience methods. The program includes a series of lectures on model-based decision neuroscience in both humans and non-human primates from experts including Michael Shadlen, Gordon Logan, Andrew Heathcote, Uta Noppeney, Brandon Turner, Jane Neumann, and Birte Forstmann. The summer school is aimed at PhD students and early postdocs who wish to combine cognitive modelling with experimental and theoretical neuroscience research. Students should be familiar with general programming concepts and state in their application which programming languages and software packages they typically use.
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Application deadline: 22 May 2016


The 23rd edition of the International Summer School in Cognitive Science
Sofia, Bulgaria
4-15 July 2016
 
The Summer School of Cognitive Science gives an opportunity to students and young researchers to get acquainted with the range of current topics and achievements in cognitive research. It is a unique event which brings together students and researchers from all over the world and is a platform for collaboration. This year’s edition offers the following courses: Events in Language, Cognition & the Brain (Silvia Gennari,‚Ä®University of York); Working Memory (Nelson Cowan, University of Missouri); Lexical Acquisition: Symbols Grounding & De-Grounding to Constructs Culture-Specific Lexical Systems (Mutsumi Imai, Keio University); ‚Ä®Sensorimotor Cognition (Luciano Fadiga, University of Ferrara) & Alessandro D’Ausilio (Italian Institute of Technology); Scripting Behavioral Tasks E-prime basics (Armina Janyan, New Bulgarian University).
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Submission deadline: 22 July 2016


The 21th Annual Meeting of Cognitive Science Association for Interdisciplinary Learning
Hood River, Oregon, USA
28 July – 1 August 2016
 
CSAIL is an annual conference held in beautiful Hood River Oregon, in the heart of the Columbia River Gorge. While the focus is broadly on research in cognitive science, CSAIL is truly interdisciplinary and encourages submissions from researchers in various fields such as cognitive neuroscience, psychophysics, experimental psychology, animal behaviour, neurophysiology, neuropsychology, comparative psychology, and clinical neuroscience. Abstracts may be submitted by scientists, faculty, post-doctoral researchers, graduate students, and advanced undergraduates. Students and other researchers who are not presenting are also encouraged to attend.
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Abstract submission deadline: 31 May 2016


The 6th Annual JAGS and WinBUGS Workshop: Bayesian Modelling for Cognitive Science
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
15-19 August 2016
 
In this workshop, plenary lectures provide the theoretical background of Bayesian statistics, and practical computer exercises teach you how to apply the popular JAGS and WinBUGS software to a wide range of different statistical models. After completing this workshop, you will have gained not only a new understanding of statistics, but also the technical skills to implement models that are appropriate for the substantive hypotheses that you seek to test.
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Registration deadline: 3 August 2016


Conference on Multilingualism
Ghent, Belgium
11-13 September 2016

The Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences (FPPW) at Ghent University is organising the Conference on Multilingualism. The conference 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.
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Early-bird registration deadline: 20 May 2016


International Mind, Brain and Education Society Conference
Toronto, Canada
15-17 September 2016
 
The mission of IMBES is to facilitate cross-cultural collaboration in biology, education and the cognitive and developmental sciences. As an organization, our objectives are to: improve the state of knowledge in and dialogue between education, biology, and the developmental and cognitive sciences; create and develop resources for scientists, practitioners, public policy makers, and the public; and create and identify useful information, research directions, and promising educational practices.
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Abstract submission deadline: 10 July 10 2016


Psychonomic Society Annual Meeting
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
17-20 November 2016
 
We invite you to submit an abstract for presentation of a talk, poster or symposium at the 2016 Annual Meeting. All 2016 members, Fellows, Emeritus members, and student members may submit one abstract (student member abstracts must be sponsored). Fellows and Emeritus members can sponsor one additional abstract by a student member or a non-member.
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Select-Speaker Award applications deadline: 16 May 2016
Graduate Travel Award applications deadline: 16 May 2016
Papers and Poster Abstracts: 1 June 2016


The 7th annual Budapest CEU Conference on Cognitive Development
Budapest, Hungary
5-7 January 2017
 
The Cognitive Development Center at CEU is pleased to announce the seventh annual BCCCD. 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 a variety of topics such as comparative cognition, cross-cultural psychology, conceptual learning, early socio-moral cognition, language, numeracy, and object cognition.
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Symposium proposals deadline: 11 September 2016
Paper abstract submission deadline: 11 September 2016
Poster submission deadline: 10 October 2016


The International Convention of Psychological Science
Vienna, Austria
26-15 March 2017
 
ICPS is the culmination of efforts by Association for Psychological Science 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.
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Symposium submissions deadline: 15 September 2016
Poster submissions deadline: 30 September 2016

Job offers

Senior Research Associate
University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK
 
This role offers an exciting opportunity to be involved in innovative experimental research with young children as well as extensive process-based modelling using dynamic neural fields. The programme aims to test the first formal theory of early word learning that integrates visual object processing and word learning across multiple timescales. You will take a lead role in the project, co-ordinating dynamic neural field simulations and related theory development, developing and running experiments with young children, and analysing and reporting data. Applicants will have a PhD in Psychology, Cognitive Science, Computational Neuroscience or equivalent qualification and be able to satisfy all the essential criteria outlined in the person specification.
The post is available from 15 June 2016 or as soon as possible thereafter on a full-time, fixed term basis until 31 May 2020. Closing date is 20 May 2016.
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Post-doc position at University of Fribourg, Switzerland
 
The purpose of the position is to assist with research associated with a project funded by the UK Economic and Social Research Council on working memory that involves collaboration between teams in Switzerland, in Edinburgh and in the USA (Missouri). The post-doc collaborator will be under the supervision of Prof Valérie Camos (University of Fribourg) and Pierre Barrouillet (University of Geneva), and based at the Department of Psychology at the University of Fribourg (Switzerland). The post is fixed-term for a maximum of 30 months. The post-doc collaborator will be responsible for the day to day running of planned experimental work for the project. There will be regular liaison with the partner laboratory in Edinburgh throughout the period of the appointment, ensuring that the research runs according to a planned timetable through daily email communication and regular face to face (Skype) conversations as needed. Applications and supporting materials can be submitted in French to 12 June 2015. Interview will be organised end of June.
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Post-doc position in Visual Science
Bar Ilan University, Israel
 
Our new Visual Science and Optometry department in Bar Ilan is seeking highly motivated individuals for post-doc, PhD and MSc studies, to be involved in exciting research in visual sciences from brain and cognition mechanisms supporting visual perception, to retinal research. 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 a strong background in related disciplines of cognitive neuroscience are welcome to apply. 
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Post-doc 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 position is to help lead a new study exploring the roles of pattern and spatial skills in early mathematics development. 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 underrepresented minorities are especially encouraged to apply. The position carries stipend plus health insurance coverage. 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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Master’s programmes

Master in Cognitive Science and Language, Spain
 
Master in Cognitive Science and Language is an interdisciplinary program in Cognitive Science coordinated by the University of Barcelona and taught by faculty from the University of Barcelona (UB), the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), Pompeu Fabra University (UPF, Barcelona), the University of Girona (UdG) and Rovira i Virgili University (URV-Tarragona). CCiL offers interdisciplinary training in three research disciplines: psychology, linguistics and philosophy. The program combines a common core of basic subjects and a selection of specialist subjects.  Pre-registration period open until June 30th 2016.
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Other

R&D Specialist in Cognitive Development
Nestlé Research Center, Lausanne, Switzerland
 
Nestle Research Center is looking for a person who will be developing and running scientific projects including clinical trials in the area of cognitive development in children. Required education and experience includes: PhD in Experimental Psychology or Cognitive developmental psychology; 3-5 years’ experience in designing and managing clinical trials; 3-5 years’ experience utilizing cognitive assessment tools in children; solid scientific knowledge on nutritional impact on cognition in children; previous experience in the food industry will be considered a strong advantage; proven project management skills would be an asset.
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APF David Wechsler Early Career Grant for Innovative Work in Cognition
 
The David Wechsler Early Career Grant for Innovative Work in Cognition supports early career psychologists pursuing innovative work in neuropsychology, intelligence and/or the assessment aspects of cognition. Those who work on positive applied neuropsychology are encouraged to apply.  Applicants must be psychologists with an EdD, PsyD or PhD from an accredited university, no more than 10 years postdoctoral, and have demonstrated competence and capacity to execute the proposed work. The grant is for up to $25,000. Submission deadline is 15 June 2016
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