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ESCoP Related Issues

New year with ESCoP

Welcome to the 2015 ESCoP Newsletter, which starts with the address of the new President of the Society, Jonathan Grainger.

With a new year there also comes the first 2015 issue of the Journal of Cognitive Psychology that is already available on-line here.

We would like to encourage you to renew your ESCoP membership. Membership, which rose 8.58% over 2014 to 544 members, has many benefits including a free subscription to JCP, the Journal of Cognitive Psychology. Renew today for 2015 if you haven’t done so already:

Greetings from the President*

As President of ESCoP, allow me to wish all our members a truly excellent 2015. The society itself is doing very well, and is in excellent shape to celebrate its 30th anniversary. Starting from the inaugural meeting organized by the “gang of five” in Nijmegen in 1985, the society has been nurtured over the years, benefitting from the expertise of its past Presidents and committee members, as well as the organisers of all those magnificent events that have marked the society’s history. Today, ESCoP is a thriving scientific community, with our last conference in Budapest attracting more than 800 attendees. I’m certain that our 19th conference, to be held in Paphos, Cyprus this September (organised by Marios Avraamides) will be just as attractive, and will provide an excellent opportunity for us to celebrate 30 years of ESCoP.
Our actions as a society also extend beyond the bi-annual conference, and one notable event in 2014 was the highly successful ESCoP summer school on language, organised by Manuel Carreiras at the BCBL in San Sebastian. But what about the future? Well, what has been planned so far holds great promise, with two major events already planned beyond the coming year: our 2017 conference is to be held in Potsdam (organised by Martin Fischer), and the Psychonomic Society will hold an International Meeting in collaboration with SEPEX (Spanish experimental psychology society) and ESCoP, in Granada, May 2016 (organised by Teresa Bajo, and if anyone remembers the ESCoP conference in Granada that Teresa organised, you won’t want to miss this!). Indeed, the future Granada conference is just one example of the strengthening of the ties between our society and the Psychonomic Society, which will be greatly facilitated by the fact that Robert Logie (past executive committee member and organiser of the Edinburgh conference) is currently chair of the governing board of the Psychonomic Society, and Teresa Bajo (past President of ESCoP) a member of the same board, and Cristina Cacciari (past President of ESCoP) a member of the International Presence Committee associated with that board. A joint Psychonomic-ESCoP symposium is already planned for our next conference in Cyprus. ESCoP also continues to maintain its ties with APS (Association for Psychological Science), and we are a partner of the inaugural International Convention of Psychological Science to be held in March this year in Amsterdam, under the auspices of APS.
Of course, ESCoP should not rest on its laurels. We must strive to strengthen ESCoP’s role in representing Cognitive Psychology in Europe, increasing our membership, especially from under-represented countries, and attracting new members from under-represented fields of research within Cognitive Psychology. Furthermore, ESCoP can and should play a role in defending the funding of research in Europe, which is currently in danger given the EU’s plan to impose massive budget cuts on fundamental research, including ERC funding. Needless to say, the social sciences and humanities are the most exposed, and as a member of EASSH (European Alliance for Social Sciences and Humanities) ESCoP will participate in all attempts to protect European funding in this area.
Our visibility and renown as a society hinge mainly on our website (vastly improved thanks to Michal Wierzchon, our secretary), our conference, and our journal - the Journal of Cognitive Psychology - that continues to mature thanks to the hard work of its Editors and editorial teams. We must continue to support the journal, by submitting our best work there, and we should also be looking for new ways to increase ESCoP’s visibility, possibly by providing support to synergistic research-related initiatives that fall outside of the typical scope of current funding schemes. This and other issues will be the subject of lively debate with the current executive committee: Jan Theeuwes (President-elect), Michal Wierzchon (Secretary), Marc Brysbaert (Treasurer), Rob Hartsuiker (Editor of JCP), Avishai Henik, Candice Morey, and Francesca Peressotti.
Finally, many many thanks to Cristina Cacciari (President from 2012-14), Valérie Camos, and Stephen Monsell, who have just left the committee, and to Andrea Kiesel, Treasurer from 2010 to 2013, and Janet Van Hell, Editor of JCP during the same period. As President-elect, I was fortunate enough to have benefitted from their insights and experience over the last two years, and borrowing one of Cristina’s favourite expressions – “quite frankly” this was a great committee to have served on. A final word of thanks to the indefatigable Marilou Vandierendonck, who continues to serve as ESCoP Administrator with the same dedication year after year.
See you all in Cyprus
Best wishes
Jonathan Grainger
* These greetings were prepared before the terrible terrorist attack in Paris on the 7th of January. As a scientific society, ESCoP naturally defends freedom of speech, and is outraged by the use of guns to silence those who, with paper and pencil and a large dose of satirical humour, dared provoke the intolerance of those who hold certain beliefs.

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Conference news

Conference on Cognitive Psychology
31 January – 2 February 2015
Shanghai, China
The conference (CPP) will cover Cognitive Psychology issues. It is dedicated to creating a stage for exchanging the latest research results and sharing advanced research methods. All accepted papers will be published by The Open Journal of Social Sciences, a peer-reviewed open access journal that can ensure the widest dissemination of your published work.

Forth Annual International Conference on Cognitive and Behavioural Psychology
9-10 February 2015
This conference aims to bring together the world’s leading researchers, engineers and scientists whose professional interests involve psychological theories and practices and who are able to make a major contribution to the formulation of global and regional strategies in the advancement of psychology. The keynote lectures will be given by prof. Gabriel Tan (National University of Singapore) and dr. LI Li (University of Hong Kong).
Registration deadline: 16 January 2015

When Virtual Reality Became a Reality. The Experiential Learning in Virtual Worlds Project: 5th Global Meeting
10-12 May 2015

Dubrovnik, Croatia
The “When Virtual Reality Became a Reality” conference seeks to increase our understanding of experiential learning in virtual worlds, provide a valuable opportunity to share experience and best practice, and debate future possibilities for learning within them. As a field of study and applied practice, experiential learning in 3D immersive, virtual worlds is truly interdisciplinary and informed by a myriad of disciplines including psychology, sociology, education, anthropology, computer science, technology, business, law, humanities, performing arts, and many others. We believe the conference will be of particular interest to anyone teaching, learning, training, researching, performing, doing business or socialising in any of these domains, including gamers, game designers, virtual reality developers, and other virtual world users.
Abstract submission deadline: 23 January 2015

Ninth Annual International Conference on Psychology
25-28 May 2015
Athens, Greece
The aim of the conference is to bring together scholars and students of psychology and other related disciplines. You may participate as a panel organiser, paper presenter, session chair or observer. The conference is organised by the Psychology Research Unit of the Athens Institute for Education and Research.
Abstract submission deadline: 26 January 2015

Third Annual Conference on Advances in Cognitive Systems
28-31 May 2015
Atlanta, Georgia, USA
The meeting provides a venue for the dissemination of research results pertaining to the original, yet unanswered, questions of Artificial Intelligence: to produce computational artefacts that reproduce a broad range of human cognitive abilities. The conference welcomes work on any topic related to the representation or organisation of complex knowledge structures, their use in multi-step cognition, or their acquisition from experience or instruction.
Paper submission deadline: 16 February 2015
Early registration deadline: 8 May 2015

Sixth International Workshop on Computational Models of Narrative. Special Focus: Cognitive Systems and Computational Narrative
26-28 May 2015
Atlanta, Georgia, USA
This inter-disciplinary workshop will be an appropriate venue for papers addressing fundamental topics and questions regarding narrative. Papers should be relevant to issues fundamental to the computational modelling and scientific understanding of narrative. The workshop will have a special focus on the of building cognitive systems that are distinguished by a focus on high-level cognition and decision making, reliance on rich, structured representations, a systems-level perspective, use of heuristics to handle complexity, and incorporation of insights about human thinking. Therefore, we especially welcome papers relevant to the cognitive aspects of narrative.
Paper submission deadline: 2 February 2015

Sixth International Conference on Spatial Cognition: Space and Situated Cognition (ICSC 2015)
7-11 September 2015
Rome, Italy
Abstract submission for the "6th International Conference on Spatial Cognition" (ICSC 2015) is now open and participation is encouraged. The conference will be devoted to "Space and Situated Cognition", exploring the links between the general topic of the conference and an emergent paradigm of cognitive science. All space-related approaches (philosophical, psychological, computational, engineering, neuroscientific, etc.) will be considered. Keynote speakers: Yan Bao (Peking University), William J. Clancey (Florida Institute for Human & Machine Cognition), Saun Gallagher (University of Memphis), Vittorio Gallese (University of Parma), Sergei Gepshtein (Salk Institute for Biological Studies), Susan Goldin-Meadow (University of Chicago), Kevin O’Regan (University of Paris).

Abstract submission deadline: 30 January 2015

EuroAsian Pacific Joint Conference on Cognitive Science
25-27 September 2015
Torino, Italy
The prominent conference series in the interdisciplinary field of Cognitive Science, the European Cognitive Science Conference (EuroCogsci) and the International Conference on Cognitive Science (ICCS) are now joining forces to provide an arena for human-centred, multidisciplinary discussions of the state of the art in cognition and of the research tools and methodologies offered by new technologies. We encourage researchers from around the world to submit their best work and to propose symposia, workshops and tutorials to bridge the multifaceted aspects of cognitive science and discuss the latest theories and models. Contributions will be welcomed from all areas of cognitive science and cognitive robotics.
Symposia submissions deadline: 15 January 2015
Paper submissions deadline: 1 March 2015

Job offers

Assistant/ Associate/ Full Professor in Computational Neuroscience
University of Minnesota Twin Cities, Center for Magnetic Resonance Research, USA
The University of Minnesota is looking to fill three newly-created positions at the level of Assistant Professor, Associate Professor and/or Professor.  For each position, rank and tenure status will be commensurate with experience. The research emphasis can be basic, translational or disease-focused neuroscience using innovative modelling and data analysis techniques. Appropriate tenure home departments would depend on expertise, background and interest and could include: Neuroscience, Radiology, Psychiatry, Neurology, Psychology, Computer Science and Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, or Electrical and Computer Engineering. Irrespective of tenure home department, the successful candidate will be housed at the CMRR, which is an interdepartmental and interdisciplinary research laboratory that provides state-of-the-art instrumentation, expertise, and infrastructure for MRI research. Review of applications is ongoing, and the positions will remain open until the posting is removed.
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Psychology Instructor in Cognitive Psychology
SantaMonica College, California, USA
The Psychology Department of Santa Monica College is seeking a full-time faculty member in Cognitive Psychology. The ideal candidate will be knowledgeable regarding current findings, theoretical approaches and research strategies in the field and will be able to teach lower-division courses in Introductory Psychology and Research Methods, develop a class in Cognitive Psychology as well as teach multiple, related courses. Minimum qualifications include master’s degree in psychology or bachelor’s degree in psychology and master’s degree in counseling, sociology, statistics, neuroscience, or social work or the equivalent. Application deadline: 2 February 2015.
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Post-doctoral position in Hemispheric Specialisation and High-Level Vision
Carnegie Mellon University, USA
We are looking for a highly motivated post-doctoral fellow to work on multiple projects involving investigations of intermediate and high-level vision, including studies of object/face/word recognition. The research will adopt psychophysical, computational and fMRI investigations in normal and brain-damaged humans. Candidates should have, or be about to receive, a Ph.D. in Cognitive Neuroscience, Psychology, Computer Science or a related field and should have a record of publication. The position is funded for 2 years by a grant from the National Science Foundation.
The position is located at Carnegie Mellon University, under the joint supervision of Drs. Marlene Behrmann and David Plaut. The starting date is flexible and the position is available immediately. Interested individuals should email a curriculum vitae, brief statement of research interests, the expected date of availability and the names of three references to: Marlene Behrmann or David Plaut.

Post-doctoral position in Social Cognition
Washington State University, USA
The Social Cognition lab in the Department of Psychology at Washington State University is seeking to fill a two-year grant-funded postdoctoral position, with a start date of August 15, 2015. The successful applicant will work closely with Dr. Joyce Ehrlinger on a project funded by the Institute for Education Sciences. The project is focussed on understanding how people’s implicit theories of intelligence shape their metacognitive judgments, use of self-regulated learning strategies and, ultimately, success in learning. In general, this position will be particularly interesting for applicants with interests in social psychological interventions that target students’ feelings of confidence and belongingness. Review of applications will begin January 15th, 2015 and will continue until the position is filled.
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Doctoral and master's programmes

Master in Cognitive Neuroscience of Language
Basque Center on Cognition, Brain and Language, Spain

The Master's program aims to provide specialised, comprehensive and rigorous training in the Cognitive Neuroscience of Language and includes core courses (theoretical and methodological), advanced elective courses, and a research-based project at the end of the program. 
The  program is aimed at university graduates with various degrees who are interested in the Cognitive Neuroscience of Language. 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. 
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Other news

From International to Transnational: Transforming the Psychology of Women. International Summit before APA Convention
Toronto, Canada
4-5 August 2015

The goal of this International Summit is to foster new directions in the psychology of women through exploration and awareness of international perspectives. The Summit's programme will include speakers, work groups, and a poster session social hour. What makes this Summit unique is its action-oriented approach - work groups comprised of women in different stages in their careers will be formed to develop specific products (e.g., a book, special journal issue, undergraduate and graduate curriculum, policy, best practices guide, etc.) and long-term goals that promote the transformation of the psychology of women.
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Deadline for Proposal Submissions: January 15, 2015

Optimal learning competition: Mastering Lithuanian in an hour

Psychologists from the Division of Psychology and Language Sciences at University College London (UCL) have launched a unique international competition, with a $10,000 prize, to find the best way of tackling a memory problem faced by millions of people every day, namely how best to learn foreign language vocabulary. Dr Rosalind Potts and I have teamed up with Memrise, creators of a free online vocabulary learning tool and app, to run the competition.
Entrants to the competition, who may be researchers or students, will devise their own method for teaching English-Lithuanian vocabulary and will have to test how well someone using the method can remember the words a week after a single 1-hour learning period. The outcome of the competition, which will be made public, will help language learners and teachers to maximise retention of vocabulary while learning a foreign language.
The competition is an applied science challenge to create the most powerful methodology for memorising new information, using any and all effects discovered in the history of psychological research or even some undiscovered ones. The $10,000 prize for the winner makes this one of the richest competitions in applied psychology. The deadline for entries is 28th February 2015.
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