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ESCoP News

ESCoP Conference

The 20th ESCoP Conference will take place on 3-6 September 2017 in Potsdam, Germany. We kindly remind you that the deadline for abstracts is the 30th of April 2017.
There will be a number of satellite events on the 3rd of September:

  • Open Sesame Workshop (Sebastiaan Mathot)
  • Women in Cognitive Science (Judith Kroll, Teresa Bajo)
  • JASP Training Course (Eric-Jan Wagenmakers)
  • ERC Funding Workshop
  • Workshop on “Cognitive Enhancement“ (Lorenza Colzato, Bernhard Hommel)
  • Journal of Cognitive Psychology: Meet the editors
  • Workshop on "Conscious and unconscious aspects of learning (Alain Content, Axel Cleeremans).
More on the conference, the venue and the program can be found here

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ESCoP Awards and Funding

The ESCoP Travel Funding is a grant aimed at helping graduate students to attend the conferences organized by the Society. In 2017, the society aims to award up to 5 grants to support active participation of graduate students in ESCoP Conferences. Travel funding grants (up to €500 each) will be awarded to cover conference fees and other expenses. Preference will be given to ESCoP Associate members. The application should be sent to the ESCoP Secretary, Michal Wierzchoń by the 1st of May 2017.
The ESCoP Early Career Publication Award (€1000) is an award for the best article accepted for publication in 2016, while the applicant was a PhD student, or within a year of receipt of the PhD. The applicant has to be the first author of the article and a member of ESCoP. Authors should send a copy of the publication, the date of acceptance, and the date on which they got their PhD (if applicable) to Michal Wierzchoń. Applications should be sent before the 1st of May 2017.
Thematic Meetings are recurrent meetings dedicated to specific research topics organized by ESCoP members interested in a certain research areas. The Committee aims to fund up to four meetings every two years: one satellite meeting of the Conference and three thematic meetings in the non-conference year. Up to €4,000 will be granted. Proposals should be sent by email to Michal Wierzchoń. Deadline is the 1st of June 2017.


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Conferences and Workshops

International Conference on Interdisciplinary Advances in Statistical Learning
Bilbao, Spain
28-30 June 2017
The conference will discuss statistical learning and its underlying mechanisms from behaviour to neuroscience, in various domains such as language, music, vision, and audition, with data from adult participants, development, individual differences, computational modelling, and non-human species. The conference will include invited speakers, regular talks, panel discussions, and poster sessions. Invited speakers: Jenny Saffran (University of Wisconsin-Madison), Sharon Thompson-Schill (University of Pennsylvania), Simon Kirby (University of Edinburgh), and Michael C. Frank (Stanford University).
Early registration deadline: 10 April 2017

International Summer School on Deep Learning
17-21 July 2017
Bilbao, Spain
DeepLearn 2017 is a research training event with global scope that aims to update participants about the most recent advances in the critical and rapidly developing area of deep learning. This is a branch of artificial intelligence covering a spectrum of current exciting machine learning research and industrial innovation that provides more efficient algorithms to deal with large-scale data in neuroscience, computer vision, speech recognition, language processing, drug discovery, biomedical informatics, recommender systems, learning theory, robotics, games, etc. Renowned academics and industry pioneers will lecture and share their views with the audience.

Early registration deadline: 21 April 2017

The 1st Würzburg Summer School on Social Cognition and Neuroscience
23-28 July  2017
Würzburg, Germany
The Summer School is for advanced Master students and PhD students of Psychology and related disciplines (e.g., cognitive, affective, and social sciences, neuroscience). It offers a rich and diverse curriculum with stimulating keynote lectures, seminar-like hot-topic sessions, and skill-focused workshops led by internationally recognized experts.  Exemplary talks and classes include Jennifer Beer (University of Texas, Austin) with "What Can the Brain Tell Us About the Rose-Colored Glasses of Self-Perception?", Bertram Gawronski (University of Texas, Austin),
and Matthias Gamer (Universität Würzburg) on "Eye-tracking".
Application deadline: 15 April 2017

Workshop: "The role of gesture in cognitive and linguistic processes"
25 July 2017
Coventry, UK
The workshop is aimed at postgraduate students who would like to present their research in a friendly environment. Our goal is to offer these students the opportunity to discuss their findings with peers and academics during the day of the workshop, which could help them to write up their research for academic journals and their dissertations. Students, postdocs, and lecturers who are not presenting are more than welcome to join the audience. Topics may include the influences of seeing and producing gesture,, reasoning, language processing, problem-solving, word learning, and memory in both adults and children. We welcome behavioural, observational, and neuroscientific findings from researchers working in the fields of psychology, linguistics, gesture studies, cognitive science, and neuroscience. The plenary speaker will be Sotaro Kita, whose talk is entitled "How do gestures influence speaking and thinking?".
Abstract submission deadline: 15 April 2017
Registration deadline: 1 June 2017

The 39th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society: Computational Foundations of Cognition
26-29 July 2017
London, UK
Many cognitive scientists think of computation as a metaphor for thinking about the mind, whereas others consider it a tool for calculating the implications of models. However, neither perspective fully expresses how computation can serve as the foundational theory of how people actively process information in service of control and decision making. By providing a precise means for expressing theories of dynamic systems, computation provides the most promising means of explaining how the human mind, in all of its richness and diversity, can exist in the physical universe. If this promise is to be fulfilled, then greater effort must be made to connect cognitive science theories to computational foundations. This year’s conference provides an opportunity to reinforce the importance of computation in Cognitive Science research but, as always, the conference will also reflect the full breadth of the discipline and of the society’s membership.

Gesture and Speech in Interaction
Poznań, Poland
25-27 August 2017
GESPIN is an international conference on how gesture and speech work together to achieve various goals. The 5th GESPIN Conference invites papers addressing any aspects of the interaction between gesture and speech, and how they work together to achieve various goals. After the conference, contributors will be invited to submit extended versions of their papers in order to publish an edited volume or a special issue of a journal. We also invite contributors to propose workshops and special sessions. GESPIN conference is an official satellite event of INTERSPEECH 2017.
Paper submission deadline: 15 April 2017
Registration deadline: 15 July 2017

The 40th European Conference on Visual Perception
Berlin, Germany
27-31 August 2017
The European Conference on Visual Perception (ECVP) is an annual meeting devoted to the scientific study of vision, particularly visual perception and multi-sensory processes related to vision. The goal of the meeting is to provide a forum for the presentation and discussion of new developments in our understanding of human, animal and machine vision. Empirical, theoretical and applied perspectives are all encouraged. The meeting consists of talks and posters, which are chosen through an open call for papers. Submissions are encouraged from scientists at all levels, whether established, early career, or students. Abstracts are peer reviewed and, if accepted, are published in the journal Perception.
Abstract submission deadline: 15 April 2017

Conference on Development and Learning and on Epigenetic Robotics
18-21 September 2017
Lisbon, Portugal
The past decade has seen the emergence of a new scientific field in which computational techniques are employed to study how intelligent biological and artificial systems develop sensorimotor, cognitive, and social abilities through dynamic interactions with their physical and social environments. The International Conference on Development and Learning and the International Conference on Epigenetic Robotics are joining forces for the seventh time and invite submissions for a joint meeting in 2017 to explore, extend, and consolidate the interdisciplinary boundaries of this exciting research field. In addition to the usual paper submission–selection process, the BabyBot Challenge will crown computational models that capture core aspects of specific psychology experiments.

The 7th International Conference on Spatial Cognition     
Rome, Italy    
10-14 September 2018
The “International Conference on Spatial Cognition” (ICSC) is a triennial conference that is open to researchers from all space-related disciplines (psychological, philosophical, computational, engineering, neuroscientific, etc.). The forthcoming seventh edition (ICSC 2018) will be devoted to “Spatial Cognition in a Multimedia and the Intercultural World”, exploring the links between the general topic of the conference and the new challenges introduced by the new media and by increasing inter-cultural exchanges. Keynote speakers at ICSC 2018 will include Marisa Carrasco (New York University), Michael Corballis (University of Auckland), Pierre Dasen (University of Geneva), Alan Dix (University of Birmingham); Gordon Logan (Vanderbilt University), Asifa Majid (Radboud University), and John K. Tsotsos (York University).          
Abstract submission deadline: 28 January 2018
Early registration deadline: 28 April 2018
Registration deadline: 28 June 2018

Job Offers

Research Faculty Positions in Basque Center on Cognition Brain and Language
San Sebastián, Basque Country, Spain
The Basque Center on Cognition Brain and Language together with IKERBASQUE (Basque Foundation for Science) offer 3 permanent IKERBASQUE Research Professor positions in the following areas: Language acquisition, Language processing and/or disorders with advanced experience in MRI, Language processing and/or disorders with advanced experience in MEG. We are looking for cognitive neuroscientists or experimental psychologists with a background in psycholinguistics and/or neighbouring cognitive neuroscience areas, and physicists and/or engineers with fMRI or MEG expertise. The successful candidate will be working within the research lines of the BCBL, whose main aim is to develop high-risk/high-gain projects at the frontiers of Cognitive Neuroscience. We expect high readiness to work with strong engagement and creativity in an interdisciplinary and international environment. Application deadline: 30 June 2017.
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Lectureship in Psychology: Adult Cognition
Lancaster University, UK
The Department of Psychology at Lancaster University is seeking to appoint a Lecturer (the equivalent of Assistant Professor) in the area of adult cognition, especially, but not limited to, expertise in moral cognition, social cognition as it relates to perspective taking and trust, working memory and attention, and/or cognition in applied contexts. Depending on the specific research area, you will have a primary affiliation with one of the following research groups in the Department: Language and Literacy; Perception and Action; and Social Processes. You should have a track record of research and teaching excellence demonstrated by publications, research grant acquisition, socio-economic impact, and teaching experience, commensurate with stage of career. Application deadline is 27 April 2017. 
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Assistant Professor in Psychology
University of Groningen, The Netherlands
The psychology department at the Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences has drawn up an investment programme and intends to appoint an assistant professor who has recently finished their PhD with an excellent record in research and teaching. We aim for candidates who are likely to acquire substantial external funding in the next few years. Positions are open in all fields of psychology. We are looking for candidates who meet the following requirements: PhD in Psychology, a competitive research track record commensurate with the level of appointment, the motivation and potential to acquire externally financed projects such as a Veni, ERC starting grant, etc., teaching experience, good collaboration and communication skills, excellent academic writing and presentation skills, and the possession or the willingness to acquire a BKO (i.e. University Teaching Qualification). Application deadline is 30 April.
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Postdoctoral Position in Cognitive Control and Language Learning
Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona, Spain
Applications are invited for a full-time post-doctoral research position
in the Speech Acquisition and Perception Group, led by Nuria
Sebastian Gallesled. The position is covered by a European Research Council Advanced grant on Mechanisms of cognitive control and language learning. We are looking for a person with solid experience leading research on Infant Cognitive or Language Research. Involvement in some organizational and management aspects is expected. The candidate must have solid demonstrable experience in the field of Developmental Science, strong background in either cognitive neuroscience, cognitive psychology, infancy behavioural procedures and/or electrophysiological techniques (EEG/ERPs), or in computational methods and scientific motivation about early mechanisms of cognitive and language development. Starting date is September 2017. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. For informal enquiries about the position and applications, please contact

Postdoctoral Research Fellow Position
University of Haifa, Israel
The Department of Psychology at the University of Haifa is looking for a highly motivated post-doctoral fellow to work on an Israel Science Foundation (ISF)-funded grant focused on individual differences in structural and functional hemispheric asymmetries, and involves pharmacological manipulations, behavioural measures, and brain imaging (structural and functional MRI) investigations. The position is funded for 2 years (with the possibility of extension for a third year). Starting date is flexible and the position is available immediately. Candidates should have, or be about to receive, a Ph.D. in Cognitive Neuroscience, Psychology or a related field and should have experience in cognitive neuroscience methods, including fMRI data collection, analysis and interpretation, and strong programming skills. To apply, please send a cover letter (including expected date of availability, CV and the names of three individuals who could provide references if required, to Prof. Rachel Tomer

Postdoctoral Fellow in Clinical/Cognitive Neuroscience
University of Haifa, Israel
A two-year postdoctoral position in clinical/cognitive neuroscience is available in the Department of Psychology at the University of Haifa. The postdoc will be supervised by Dr. Roee Admon and Dr. Tomer Shechner on two major projects. The first project examines the association between brain functioning of anxious youth during fear learning and cognitive behavioral treatment for anxiety. This research project includes designing an fMRI task, recruiting anxious youth, collecting and analysing fMRI data, and writing the results in peer-reviewed publications. The second project will focus on analysing an existing data set from a large sample of a diverse psychopathological population. For this project, the post-doc will have the opportunity to conduct high-end neuroimaging analyses. We are looking for candidates who have experience in human neuroimaging research, preferably fMRI. More importantly, we are seeking candidates who are passionate and committed to clinical and neuroimaging research. The position is for two years starting May-September 2017. Following a positive evaluation, the appointment could be extended for a third year. Applications should be sent by email to and and should include a CV, the names of 2 references, and the expected date of availability.

Postdoctoral Fellow in Children’s Mathematics Learning with External Knowledge Representations
Concordia University, Montreal, Canada
The Mathematics Teaching and Learning Lab, directed by Helena Osana in the Department of Education at Concordia University, seeks candidates for a two-year postdoctoral position beginning summer of 2017. The postdoctoral fellow will be involved in all aspects of an ongoing federally-funded program of research on children’s use of external knowledge representations (e.g., manipulatives, drawings, formal symbols). The Fellow will examine the instructional, contextual, and cognitive conditions that are conducive to developing conceptual understanding in mathematics, especially with respect to children’s interpretations of representations in elementary classroom settings. The Fellow will design and lead research studies that involve: recruiting participants, collecting data with children in school settings, analysing data, disseminating findings at conferences and in Tier I journals, and mentoring graduate students. The Fellow will also initiate and sustain collaborations with internal and external scholars. In addition to the activities associated with this program of research, the Fellow will have opportunities for multiple academic activities, including preparing grant applications, working with existing data sets, and supporting and initiating related studies in the Mathematics Teaching and Learning Lab.
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Postdoctoral Fellow in Early Mathematical Cognition and Mathematics Learning Difficulties
University of Minnesota, USA
The Math and Numeracy Lab at the University of Minnesota, directed by Michele Mazzocco, seeks candidates for a postdoctoral position. The postdoctoral fellow will be involved in all aspects of an ongoing NSF-funded study focused on individual differences in young children's emerging number knowledge and the dynamic relations between linguistic, executive function, and mathematical thinking in children ages 4 to 7 years. This study is focused on children at risk of MLD, including children from high-poverty environments and girls with Turner syndrome. The postdoctoral fellow will be involved in study design, implementation, data analytic and dissemination activities; he or she will supervise and participate in data collection and supervision of research assistants. There is likely to be some domestic travel for data collection by the postdoctoral fellow and/or a full time project coordinator. This position is for a minimum of two years, with funding through August 2019, and a possibility of a third year. The start date is flexible; preferred date is July 2017.
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Travel Awards to visit the Berlin School of Mind and Brain

The Berlin School of Mind and Brain offers awards for 6–8 students for one- to two-month lab visits in Berlin. Awards amount up to €2,500 (depending on duration and travel costs). The awards will cover a substantial part of the cost of living for the duration of your stay in Berlin (accommodation, food, transportation). As a Travel Awardee you will work with potential supervisors with a view to elaborating on project ideas for submission to the  doctoral program of the Berlin School of Mind and Brain. You will take part in events and come into contact with students doing their doctorates and post-docs through lab rotations and workshops. During your stay you will not only get to know the lab of the faculty member you applied for, but also participate in scientific soft-skill courses and work on your research proposal for the application to the doctoral program. Application deadline: 30 April 2017
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Call For Papers: Linguistic Justice and Analytic Philosophy
Special Issue of Philosophical Papers
Guest Editors: Filippo Contesi (Jean Nicod), Moti Mizrahi (Florida Tech), and Enrico Terrone (Turin).
The topics of linguistic discrimination and linguistic justice have received little attention from contemporary analytic philosophers despite the fact that there is a growing body of evidence in linguistics and social psychology about implicit negative biases towards speakers and writers perceived as non-native. In fact, issues of linguistic discrimination and justice are particularly urgent in analytic philosophy because English is undoubtedly the lingua franca of contemporary analytic philosophy. For this reason, it is important to think about what it means to be a person for whom English is not their first language and who tries to participate in the academic life of contemporary analytic philosophy. The aim of this special issue of Philosophical Papers is to consider the circumstances of being a non-native speaker and writer of English in analytic philosophy. In addition to philosophical and meta-philosophical perspectives, we also encourage submissions from different approaches and disciplines, including psychology, linguistics and the social sciences. Submission deadline 1 October, 2017.
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