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ESCoP News

ESCoP awards

We would like to invite you to send nominations for the Bertelson Award and applications for the ESCoP Early Career Publication Award. The Paul Bertelson Award is granted every two years to an outstanding young scientist for making a significant contribution to European Cognitive Psychology. Candidates should normally have completed their doctoral thesis no more than 8 years before nomination, and be under 35 years of age (however exceptions are possible). The ESCoP Early Career Publication Award (€1000) is an award for the best article accepted for publication in 2015 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. The deadline for applications is the 1st of May 2016.

ESCoP-related events

We would like to kindly remind you about upcoming ESCoP-related events: “Computational and Mathematical Modelling of Cognition” ESCoP Summer School, The European Workshop on Imagery and Cognition and the 2nd International Meeting of the Psychonomic Society. The Summer School will take place in Dobbiaco, Italy on 10-24 July 2016. Application deadline is the 30th of April. The European Workshop on Imagery and Cognition, sponsored by ESCOP as an ESCOP thematic meeting, will take place in Paris, France on 7-8 June 2016. Early registration deadline is the 5th of May. The 2nd International Meeting of the Psychonomic Society will be held in Granada, Spain on 5-8 May 2016. Registration for the meeting is still open. 

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Conferences and workshops

The 2nd International Meeting of the Psychonomic Society
Granada, Spain
5-8 May 2016
The conference will be an outstanding opportunity to catch up with the latest findings and meet an intellectually engaged, diverse and professionally dedicated community. 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 being held in cooperation with the Spanish Society of Experimental Psychology (SEPEX) and the European Society for Cognitive Psychology (ESCoP).
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 in 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.

Early registration deadline: 5 May 2016

The 20th Annual Meeting of Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness
Buenos Aires, Argentina
15-18 June 2016
The ASSC is an academic society that promotes rigorous research directed toward understanding the nature, function, and underlying mechanisms of consciousness. The ASSC includes members working in the fields of cognitive science, medicine, neuroscience, philosophy, and other relevant disciplines in the sciences and humanities.
Abstract submission deadline: 30 March 2016

ESCoP Summer School: “Computational and Mathematical Modelling of Cognition”
Dobbiaco, Dolomites, Italy
10-24 July 2016
This summer school is dedicated to introducing researchers to the basic techniques of computational and mathematical modelling from the ground up in a hands-on manner. The instructors represent a broad range of expertise and are all research leaders in their fields 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

Summer Institute on Bounded Rationality
Berlin, Germany
27 June – 5 July 2016
The aim of the Summer Institute is to provide an interdisciplinary platform for sharing knowledge and discussing the importance and application of simple solutions to complex problems. Participants will be introduced to the sometimes surprisingly different research practices of neighbouring fields: psychology, economics, biology, statistics, or philosophy. Seminars, talks, panel discussions, workshops, poster sessions, and informal events will enable and encourage participants to learn and develop new ideas while reflecting upon the widespread assumption that complicated problems necessitate complex solutions.
Application deadline: 27 March 2016

Cere 2016: Consortium of European Research on Emotion
Leiden, the Netherlands
6-7 July 2016

The Consortium of European Research on Emotion (CERE) is an informal organization promoting emotion research in Europe. In even-numbered years since 2004, CERE has organized a conference for scholars of all disciplines doing research and developing empirically relevant theories on the topic of emotion. Previous editions of the CERE conferences were a great successes and took place in Amsterdam (2004), Louvain-La-Neuve (2006), Lille (2010), Canterbury (2012), and Berlin (2014).

Abstract submissions deadline: 7 March 2016

International Workshop on Artificial Intelligence and Cognition
New York, USA
16-17 July 2016
The 4
th International Workshop on Artificial Intelligence and Cognition (AIC) aims to bring together researchers from different domains (e.g., artificial intelligence, cognitive science, computer science, engineering, philosophy, social sciences, etc.) working on the interdisciplinary field of cognitively inspired artificial systems. AIC 2016 will be an official workshop of the BICA 2016, 7th Conference on Biologically Inspired Cognitive Architectures and will be one of the international events that will take place in July in New York under the HLAI framework, a joint effort between the major Artificial Intelligence conferences and academic events explicitly targeting work towards the computational creation of human-level Artificial Intelligence. AIC 2016 will be then co-located with Twenty-fifth International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI-16).

Paper submission deadline: 10 April 2016

Summer School on Cognitive Neuroscience
Helsinki, Finland
11-17 August 2016
The course program will cover brain functions in the framework of neuroplasticity, with a focus on music processing during the course of normal and abnormal development. The course has demonstrations on modern brain imaging techniques and students have an opportunity to introduce their projects and research outcomes in a poster session and to discuss their viewpoints in groups based on the pre-course readings. We primarily select for this course PhD students who have basic knowledge on neuroscience and/or related fields. This course is particularly useful for students who wish to gain knowledge about the most recent developments in auditory cognitive neuroscience, particularly relating to music functions.
Application deadline: 20 March 2016

Annual Cognitive Psychology Section Conference
Barcelona, Spain
31 August – 2 September 2016
The Cognitive Psychology section of the British Psychological Society was formed in 1978 as a national forum for the discussion of research and issues of professional concern to cognitive psychologists. The Section's activities include an Annual Conference, usually held in September, one or more specialist events in the year and symposia at the main Society Conference. The Cognitive Psychology Section Committee welcomes submissions from both academics and practitioners. We are accepting submissions in the form of Symposia, Individual Papers and Posters.
Abstract submission deadline: 17 May 2016

Cognitive Structures: Linguistic, Philosophical and Psychological Perspectives
Düsseldorf, Germany
15-17 September 2016
The DFG Collaborative Research Centre 991: The Structure of Representations in Language, Cognition, and Science invites abstracts for its biannual conference that aims to cover a broad range of research on language and cognition. We are especially interested in theoretical, empirical and experimental work exploring the nature of mental representations that support natural language production/understanding, other manifestations of cognition as well as general reasoning about the world. One fundamental question raised in this general topic area is whether the requisite knowledge structures can be adequately modelled by means of a uniform representational format, and if so, what exactly is its nature.
Abstract Submission Deadline: 17 April 2016

Consciousness: From Theory to Practice
Madison, Wisconsin, USA
17-24 September 2016
The course at the Neuroscience School of Advanced Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison will be coordinated by Giulio Tononi. Lectures will cut across multiple fields of consciousness studies and will feature dedicated sessions addressing important emerging areas. Emphasis will be placed on cutting-edge methods and theories for understanding consciousness, and on how neurological/neurophysiological investigations can shed light on the nature of consciousness and its disorders. Lectures include Christof Koch, Niko Schiff, Hal Blumenfeld, Catherine Tallon-Baudry, Lucia Melloni, Antti Revonsuo, Patrik Vuilleumier, Marcello Massimini, Melanie Boly and Larissa Albantakis. Admissions are on a rolling basis: the sooner an application is submitted, the better.

Embodied and Situated Language Processing
Villarrica/Pucón, Chile
6-9 October 2016
The Embodied and Situated Language Processing conference (ESLP) aims to bring together researchers working on the interaction of language and visual/motor processing in embodied, situated, and language-for-action research traditions. A further focus is on uniting converging and complementary evidence from three different methods (behavioural, neuropsychological, and computational). Much as in previous years, the plan is to keep ESLP open to any research on situated and embodied language processing. However, each ESLP has also aimed to introduce a new focus topic. For 2016, the focus will be on "Learning and Education”. We therefore encourage and particularly welcome submissions related to this topic. 
Abstract submission deadline:  30 April 2016

Early registration deadline: 1 August 2016

Job offers

Professor of Psychology 1968
Trinity College Dublin, The University of Dublin, Ireland

Trinity College Dublin invites applications for the Chair of Psychology established in 1968. Applications are invited from internationally distinguished academics in any field
of scientific psychology. The successful candidate will
have an excellent record in research, including high quality publications and funding, and in teaching, including the delivery of undergraduate lectures and postgraduate supervision. He or she will have a proven ability for effective and inspirational leadership and governance, and be eager to act as senior leader within the School of Psychology, including as Head of the School of Psychology for a fixed term, and to facilitate the development of its associated Research Institute and Centres. The School of Psychology has a strong reputation nationally and internationally in research and teaching; it is a key participating school in the Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience and other research centres including the Centre for Innovative Human Systems, Centre for Global Health, Centre for Psychological Health, and Children’s Research Centre. The School also offers a four-year BA degree in psychology to single honour and joint honours students and a range of postgraduate taught programmes as well as research MSc and PhD degrees. Application deadline is 24 March 2016.
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Thomas Mitchell Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience 2006
Trinity College Dublin, The University of Dublin, Ireland

Trinity College Dublin invites applications for the Thomas Mitchell Chair of Cognitive Neuroscience established in 2006. Applications are invited from world-class scientists in human functional brain imaging. The successful candidate will have an excellent record in research, including high quality publications and funding in the field of human functional brain imaging, and in teaching, including the delivery of undergraduate lectures and postgraduate supervision. He or she will become a member of the School of Psychology and the Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience (TCIN). TCIN is a purpose-built research institute of 250 researchers with an interdisciplinary focus, advanced research facilities including 3T and 7T imaging equipment, and a partnership with St James’s Hospital and the Centre for Advanced Medical Imaging there. The successful candidate will have a proven ability for interdisciplinary teamwork in human functional brain imaging and be eager to contribute to the research and educational programs of both the School of Psychology and TCIN.
Application deadline is 24 March 2016.
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Assistant Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience
Adelphi University, New York, USA

The Gordon F. Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies seeks applicants for an Assistant Professor level tenure-track position in Cognitive Neuroscience (broadly defined) and/or Cognitive Psychology to begin Fall, 2016. The primary appointment will be in the undergraduate Psychology Department with responsibilities in the newly developed Neuroscience Major in collaboration with the Department of Biology. The Derner Institute includes an APA-approved PhD in clinical psychology, undergraduate psychology and neuroscience majors, master’s degrees in general psychology, school psychology, mental health counselling, and a post-graduate program in psychotherapy and psychoanalysis. Therefore, candidates with an interest in exploring the intersection of neuroscience with clinical psychology are particularly encouraged to apply.  The successful applicant will be expected to teach undergraduate courses including cognitive psychology and neuropsychology, as well as doctoral courses in cognition, neuroscience and affect.   S/he will establish an active research program, will have a strong interest in initiating and guiding undergraduate student research and preferably in collaborations with other faculty.  Excellence in teaching is required. Application deadline is 10 March 2016.
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Post-Doctoral Fellow in speech perception and language processing
Villanova University, Pennsylvania, USA

Villanova University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences invites applications for a Mendel Science Experience Post-doctoral Fellowship within the Department of Psychology in the area of speech perception and language processing. Candidates with a background in psychology, neuroscience, linguistics, speech and hearing, or a related field, whose research focuses on speech perception, hearing, and/or language processing are encouraged to apply. We are especially interested in candidates who use or who have plans to use computational modelling, eye-tracking, and/or cognitive neuroscience methods (particularly, event-related potential techniques). The successful candidate will join the Word Recognition and Auditory Perception Lab (PI: Toscano), investigating questions about hearing function, speech recognition, and spoken language processing  The position has a starting date of August 2016. Review of applications will begin on March 14, 2016; the search will remain open until the position is filled.           
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Full-time Research Assistant in vision/attention/ cognitive science
Harvard Medical School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
This position is in the lab of Jeremy Wolfe in Visual Attention Lab-Department of Surgery. We conduct psychophysical/behavioural research primarily in the area of visual attention. The position involves all stages of the research process from planning experiments and preparing documents for the ethics review board to helping to write up results for publication, but the main focus is data collection and analysis. Research assistants typically attend and present at one scientific meeting each year, funding permitting. This position requires a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree. A major in Psychology or related field would be preferable, but is not necessary. Some research experience would also be useful.  The lab is primarily Macintosh based. A candidate should have some computer experience and should be willing to learn how to use our statistics, graphics, and word processing packages.  Programming experience is not necessary, but familiarity with MATLAB would be a plus. Familiarity with eye tracking would be another plus. A candidate must be able to work in an organized, independent manner on multiple tasks and should be able to interact with subjects in a tactful and pleasant manner. This position could start anytime between about May and September.
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Research faculty position at the 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 has a state of the art baby lab, and exceptional access to babies. The bilingual nature of the Basque Country provides an unusual opportunity to study language acquisition. The Center promotes a rich research environment with minimal 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, the 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). 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. Application deadline is 4 April 2016.
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Doctoral and master’s programmes

Ph.D. Programme in Psychology
University of Mannheim, Germany

Ph.D. Programme in Psychology of the Center for Doctoral Studies in Social and Behavioral Sciences (CDSS) at the University of Mannheim invites applications for the new intake in September 2016. The CDSS is part of the Mannheim Graduate School for Economic and Social Sciences (GESS), funded by the German Excellence Initiative. Depending on your research interests, you will be closely supervised by one or two of our psychology faculty members who are experts in experimental cognitive psychology, cognitive aging, consumer psychology, cross-cultural psychology, educational psychology, individual differences, health psychology, psychometrics and mathematical psychology, experimental psychopathology and clinical psychology, social cognition, survey research techniques and meta-analysis, and work and organizational psychology. Applications are open for intake in September 2016 The application deadline is 31 March 2016.
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Master in Cognitive Neuroscience of Language
Basque Center on Cognition, Brain and Language, Spain
This master's program aims to provide specialised, comprehensive and rigorous training in the Cognitive Neuroscience of Language. It includes core courses (theoretical and methodological), advanced elective courses, and a research-based project at the end of the program. Students learn from the world-class scientists at the Basque Center on Cognition, Brain, and Language. The program is aimed at university graduates with various degrees who are interested in the Cognitive Neuroscience of Language, including previous training in psychology or linguistics, as well as language-oriented training in cognitive science, computer science, or mathematics. The duration of the program is one academic year with 60 ECTS credits. Students will develop research skills through the mentorship of experts and by completing a Master’s Research Project at the end of the program. The language of instruction is English. Competitive scholarships will be offered to the best applicants to cover tuition and living expenses.
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Call for papers: Journal of Numerical Cognition
Special issue on Domain-general factors influencing numerical and arithmetic processing
Submissions to this special issue of the Journal of Numerical Cognition, guest-edited by André Knops (Humboldt University, Germany), Hans-Christoph Nuerk (University of Tuebingen, Germany) and Silke Goebel (University of York, UK), are now welcome (Deadline: 30 April 2016). The aim of this special issue is to assemble current research on domain-general factors affecting numerical and arithmetic processing that is otherwise scattered across various journals. The invited manuscripts should contribute to the understanding of the role of domain-general and domain-specific processes and their interaction in numerical cognition. The Journal of Numerical Cognition is a peer-reviewed open access journal. The publication process does involve copy-editing and proofing. Publication in this open access journal is free of charge.
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Call for Nominations: 2016 Psychonomic Society Early Career Award 

The Psychonomic Society Early Career Award was established as an annual award to honor the distinguished research accomplishments of our early career members and fellows. Each year, up to four awardees will be named. One nominee, whose research is closest to the areas of perception and attention, will receive the Steven Yantis Early Career Award. This will be recognized at the annual meeting and the winner will receive both a glass and a cash award ($2,500). In addition, the awardees’ airfare to the meeting will be paid. The 2016 Annual Meeting will be held in Boston, Massachusetts, USA
on November 17-20. Nominations are now being solicited for 2016. Please submit your nomination
to Nominations close on March 15, 2016. Nominees selected for this year’s awards will be notified by May 15, 2016.
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