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ESCoP News

Presidential address

Dear Escop members,
2015 was another great year for our society, marked notably by our 19th conference held in Paphos, Cyprus. I’d liked to express my deepest gratitude towards Marios Avraamides for heading the organization of this very successful conference, and I would also like to thank Petros Statis, manager of Easy Conferences, and his team, for their expert handling of all the logistics associated with the conference, and for making our stay in Paphos so pleasant. The recipe I mentioned in my introduction to the conference seems to have worked well: great science in a great location! Our next conference (2017) will be held in Potsdam, Germany, another great location, albeit for different reasons. Just a reminder that a joint Psychonomics-Sepex-Escop conference will be held in Granada, Spain, in May this year, and please note that Escop members have a special registration fee (early bird registration deadline March 1st). Many thanks to Teresa Bajo and Robert Logie for this excellent initiative. They happen to be our most recent honorary members, in recognition of their service to the society and our field. Also, on years without a conference, Escop organizes a summer school, and the next one will be held in July 2016 at Dobbiaco in the Dolomites (Italy), and will be on “Computational and mathematical modeling of cognition”.

Our journal, the Journal of Cognitive Psychology, has also done extremely well in 2015, and I’d like to thank Rob Hartsuiker for his expert handling of our journal. There were two special issues in 2015, one on "Embodied numerical cognition”, edited by Oliver Lindemann and Martin Fisher, and one on “Developmental eye-tracking research in reading”, edited by Sascha Schroeder, Jukka Hyönä and Simon Liversedge. The latter included a paper about emerging topics in this field, and was co-authored by Keith Rayner who sadly passed away last year. An outstanding figure in reading research and in Cognitive Psychology in general, he will be missed by many.
Finally, I’d like to extend a special thanks to those who do all the hard work in terms of running our society: Michal Wierzchon (secretary), Marc Brysbaert (treasurer), and Marilou Vandierendonck (administrator). Also, it has been a real pleasure working with the current members of the executive committee, and I thank them all for their invaluable contributions to all the discussions we have had: our President-elect Jan Theeuwes, Candice Morey, Francesca Peressotti, and Avishai Henik.

Wishing you all the very best for 2016, and hoping to see you in Granada.

Journal of Cognitive Psychology

Journal of Cognitive Psychology, Volume 28, Issue 1, February 2016 contains the following articles:

A stimulus set of words and pictures matched for visual and semantic similarity
Floor de Groot, Thomas Koelewijn, Falk Huettig & Christian N.L. Olivers
Pages: 1-15 | DOI: 10.1080/20445911.2015.1101119

Developmental changes associated with cross-language similarity in bilingual children
Jon Andoni Duñabeitia, Lela Ivaz & Aina Casaponsa
Pages: 16-31 | DOI: 10.1080/20445911.2015.1086773

Effect of consonant/vowel letter organisation on the syllable counting task: evidence from English
Fabienne Chetail, Rebecca Treiman & Alain Content
Pages: 32-43 | DOI: 10.1080/20445911.2015.1074582

Children's ability to bind and maintain colour–location conjunctions: the effect of spatial language cues
Emily K. Farran & Brigid O'Leary
Pages: 44-51 | DOI: 10.1080/20445911.2015.1092980

Investigating the relationship between working memory and emotion regulation in mothers
Helena J. V. Rutherford, Cortney R. Booth, Michael J. Crowley & Linda C. Mayes
Pages: 52-59 | DOI: 10.1080/20445911.2015.1075542
Joint task switching
Baptist Liefooghe
Pages: 60-78 | DOI: 10.1080/20445911.2015.1084311

Cognitive events in a problem-solving task: a qualitative method for investigating interactivity in the 17 Animals problem
Sune Vork Steffensen, Frédéric Vallée-Tourangeau & Gaëlle Vallée-Tourangeau
Pages: 79-105 | DOI: 10.1080/20445911.2015.1095193

Sequential and myopic: On the use of feedback to balance cost and utility in a simulated electricity efficiency task
Peter Juslin, Ebba Elwin, Mona Guath, Philip Millroth & Håkan Nilsson
Pages: 106-128 | DOI: 10.1080/20445911.2015.1095192


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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 find out about 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.

The Annual Meeting of the Vision Sciences Society
St. Pete Beach, Florida, USA
13-18 May 2016
The VSS Annual Meeting is a gathering of more than 1,900 vision researchers from around the world. The meeting offers attendees the opportunity to explore leading-edge science, research and technology, and to collaborate with colleagues over the course of six days. The VSS program includes 1,300 poster presentations, 200 talk presentations, member-initiated symposia, workshops, and social events.
Registration is now open.

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 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!
Extended abstract submission deadline: 17 January 2016
Early registration fee deadline: 29 February 2016

ICAP 2016: 18th International Conference on Applied Psychology
Tokio, Japan
26-27 May 2016
The ICAP 2016 aims to bring together leading academic scientists, researchers and research scholars to exchange and share their experiences and research results about all aspects of Applied Psychology. It also provides the premier interdisciplinary forum for researchers, practitioners and educators to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, and concerns, practical challenges encountered and the solutions adopted in the field of Applied Psychology.

Paper submission deadline: 26 January 2016

The Fifth Implicit Learning Seminar
Lancaster, UK
23-25 June 2016
The Departments of Linguistics and Psychology are pleased to host the Fifth Implicit Learning Seminar at Lancaster University in June 2016. The Implicit Learning Seminar is a three-day international conference that draws together leading researchers from a variety of disciplines (cognitive psychology, neuroscience, computer science, linguistics) who share an interest in the cognitive and neural bases of implicit-statistical learning.
Abstract submission deadline: 1 March 2016

Neuroscience and Education. The 4th biennial EARLI SIG22 meeting
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
23-25 June 2016
This meeting will provide an excellent venue for presenting and discussing recent work at the intersection of neuroscience and education. Only proposals for posters and oral presentations that contain empirical data will be accepted. At the conference, a reviewing committee will select the best poster presentation, which will be awarded with a certificate and small prize.
Poster proposal submission deadline: 15 February 2016
Registration deadline: 30 April 2016

Interdisciplinary Summer School: “Social Cognition: From interactions to intersubjectivity”
Aegina, Greece
26 June – 2 July 2016
We invite applications from PhD students, post-doc and young researchers to attend the Summer School organised by Ophelia Deroy (Centre for the Study of the Senses & Institute of Philosophy, UoL, UK) and Manos Tsakiris (RHUL). The programme will cover the latest research on social cognition carried on in different fields, from developmental psychology, social and affective neuroscience, clinical psychology, experimental psychology, psychophysiology and philosophy.
Application deadline: 29 February 2016

CEU Summer School: “Understanding communication and understanding minds: the role of metarepresentations”
Budapest, Hungary
27 June – 2 July 2016
The summer course is organised by The Department of Cognitive Science at Central European University in Budapest. It will be taught by internationally renowned experts in the field while stressing highly interactive forms of teaching. The course is aimed at providing state-of-the-art scientific and research-oriented training for young post-doctoral researchers and highly promising pre-doctoral and MA students from European and overseas universities and research institutes on the role of communication in the emergence of metarepresentational capacities. 
Application deadline: 14 February 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

The 13th Biannual Conference of the German Society for Cognitive Science. KogWis 2016: Space for Cognition
Bremen, Germany
26 - 30 September 2016
We invite you to submit contributions for posters, oral presentations, symposia, and tutorials addressing current work in cognitive science. Generally, all topics related to cognitive science are welcome. However, since the topical focus of KogWis 2016 is „Space for Cognition“, we particularly encourage submissions related to research on Spatial Cognition.
Symposium proposal deadline: 27 February 2016
Abstract submission deadline: 30 April 2016
Early registration deadline: 16 July 2016

The 2nd International Brain Stimulation Conference
Barcelona, Spain
5 - 8 March 2017
This meeting will follow the successful multidisciplinary broad approach of the first meeting. Basic scientists will attend lectures by engineers and psychiatrists. Cognitive neuroscientists will mingle with neurosurgeons and brain modelling physicists. This fertile cross-disciplinary meeting will provide discussion of the science that is driving advances in the field.
Abstract submission deadline: 14 October 2016
Early registration fee deadline: 16 December 2016

Job offers

Assistant Professor of Cognition and Perception  
New York University, New York, USA
The Psychology Department in the Faculty of Arts and Science at New York University invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position in decision-making, neuroeconomics, and/or reinforcement learning. We seek applicants with an outstanding record of research in the cognitive, economic, neural, and/or social aspects of human decision-making or closely related areas. Preference will be given to applicants with research that integrates multiple methodologies (e.g., behaviour, fMRI, computational modelling). The ideal candidate will have the opportunity to build a collaborative research and teaching program within the Psychology Department and the Institute for the Interdisciplinary Study of Decision Making. Review of applications will begin on 31 December 31 2015.  
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Assistant Professor in Cognitive Psychology or Cognitive Neuroscience
Cornell College, Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA
The Department of Psychology at Cornell College invites applications from candidates with expertise in Cognitive Psychology or Cognitive Neuroscience. Responsibilities include teaching six courses per year, including Cognitive Neuroscience, Memory and Cognition, Learning, Introductory Research Methods, Introduction to Behavioural Neuroscience, and an introductory course in the candidate’s area of expertise such as Fundamentals of Psychological Science, Cultural Neuroscience, or another introductory course relevant to the candidate’s specialisation.  Responsibilities also include supervising internships and implementing an active research program with undergraduate students.  Individuals with interests in multiculturalism and interdisciplinary teaching are encouraged to apply.  A Ph.D. in Psychology or Neuroscience is required, as are teaching and research experience and a commitment to undergraduate education in a liberal arts context. The appointment will begin in the fall of 2016, consideration of applications begins on 4 January 2016 and will continue until the position is filled.
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Two Postdoctoral Positions in Sensory-Motor Control
Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada
Two fully funded postdoctoral positions are available in Cognitive/Sensorimotor Neuroscience in the labs of Randy Flanagan and Jason Gallivan. Work in these labs investigates mechanisms related to perception, object manipulation, eye-hand coordination, motor learning and decision-making, and explores their neural representations in the human brain. We use a combination of experimental and computational methods, ranging from functional MRI, behavioural psychophysics, neurostimulation, and computational modelling. The candidate(s) should have (or be about to receive) a PhD degree with a record of success in research evidenced by first author peer-reviewed publications. Applicants are expected to have a strong background in Systems, Cognitive or Computational Neuroscience and training in behavioural psychophysics, functional MRI, neurostimulation or computational modelling. Excellent quantitative and programming skills in Matlab or equivalent are expected. The review of applications will begin March 1st 2016 and continue until the positions are filled.
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Two PhD positions in Virtual and Mixed Reality
Tilburg University, Tilburg, The Netherlands
The Tilburg Center for Cognition and Communication (TiCC), a Center of Excellence at Tilburg University (TiU), invites applications for two PhD positions on a research project focusing on training in virtual and mixed reality settings. This research project is part of a 6 million Euro consortium including 33 schools and corporate partners in which solutions are proposed for condition based maintenance (making maintenance predictable). The project is funded by the European Union, OP Zuid, Department of Economic Affairs, Province Noord-Brabant, and the cities of Tilburg and Gilze Rijen. For the two PhD positions, we seek candidates with a (research) Master degree and a background in Cognitive Science, Computer Science, Engineering, Cognitive Psychology or any related area. Experience with measuring human behaviour through sensing technologies and an interest in virtual and mixed reality is required, as is proven experience with experimental research and statistical and/or data science techniques. Application deadline: 17 January 2016.
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PhD postion in Psychology in Sleep and Memory
Cardiff University, UK
We spend 1/3 of our life asleep, and the brain is very busy during this time. The neural oscillations of sleep are known to have restorative functions and are critical for memory consolidation and emotional processing. The laboratory studies all of these functions of sleep, and potential PhD projects include investigations into ways to manipulate sleep (called ‘sleep engineering’) in order to enhance all of these functions. Sleep engineering includes manipulation of oscillations through auditory and electrical (tACS / tDCS) stimulation and manipulation of memory replay (targeted memory reactivation) in sleep. In the laboratory, we are interested in enhancing sleep to improve health (for instance by counteracting the impacts of ageing which lead to reductions in deep slow wave sleep). We are also interested in manipulating memory consolidation by triggering the replay of selected memories in different combinations and in different sleep stages. This can lead not only to stronger memory, but also to integration of new memories with each other and with existing knowledge, providing a basis for creativity. Application deadline: 01 February 2016.
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Master's programmes

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. Cognitive Research: Principles and Implications
Cognitive Research: Principles and Implications (CRPI) is a new journal of the Psychonomic Society. It publishes new empirical and theoretical work, covering all aspects of Cognition, with a special emphasis on use-inspired basic research: fundamental research that grows from hypotheses about real-world problems. CRPI will be a fully open-access journal published electronically. Eventually CRPI will be supported by author fees, but all fees will be waived for papers submitted before December 31st, 2016. The Editor-in-Chief is Jeremy M. Wolfe (Harvard Medical School/Brigham and Women's Hospital, United States of America).
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The William James Prize for contributions to the study of consciousness
The William James Prize is awarded for the most outstanding single published contribution to the empirical or philosophical study of consciousness by a graduate student or postdoctoral scholar/researcher who obtained a PhD or other advanced degree within 5 years of the submission deadline. The prize consists of an award of $1000, an invitation to present a plenary address at ASSC20, and a lifetime membership of ASSC.
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Call for submissions: the world’s 12th annual best illusion of the year contest
Submissions for the 12th edition of world's Best Illusion of the Year (SM) Contest are now welcome.  In 2015, the Contest became an annual online event, with the goal of bringing the creativity of the illusion creator community all around the world. Anybody with an internet connection can now participate. No matter where you live, you can be a contestant, and/or vote for the Top 3 winners!
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