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ESCoP News

ESCoP Conference:
Call for Symposia

The Organisers of the 2017 ESCoP Meeting invite proposals for themed symposia relating to all topics of human cognition. Symposia aim to present top-quality research focusing on a topic of considerable interest or potential for the community. 
The deadline for symposium proposals is Tuesday 31 January 2017. Decisions will be communicated by the end of February 2017 and then announced on the conference website as part of advertising the meeting.
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Presidential Letter

As the new President of ESCoP I wish you all an excellent 2017. This year is going to be an exciting year for the society as we have taken the bold step of starting our own new open access journal. We believe that the future of publishing is open access by learned societies, and our society has the capability of developing a journal which publishes excellent quality papers while keeping the charges to the authors as low as possible. This is completely in line with the European policy of open access publishing as advocated for example by ERC and several national research agencies. Currently, we are discussing ideas and collecting offers from different publishers. Candice Morey will be the incoming Editor for the new journal, which is expected to start accepting manuscripts in March, so that the journal can be launched officially in 2018. We, as the community of European researchers in Cognitive Psychology, should all try to make this the best open access journal in our field by submitting our best papers to the new journal.

Meanwhile, Candice Morey (the incoming editor) and Marc Brysbaert (our Treasurer) play a crucial role in shaping the new journal. Without their commitment and insight in the world of publishing, this endeavor would have been impossible. Rob Hartsuiker (the current editor of JCP) was the first to realize that open access is the way to go, and has the thankless task of finishing the last year of the JCP.

ESCoP can take this new step, because we are a thriving society with some 500 members. The conference in Paphos Cyprus in 2015 (organized by Marios Avraamides) was very successful with 759 attending, as was our joint meeting with the Psychonomic Society and SEPEX (Spanish experimental psychology society) in 2016 in Granada (organized by Teresa Bajo) which 1000 attended. Additionally, there was an ESCoP summer school on Computational and Mathematical Modelling of Cognition organized by Stephen Lewandowsky, Klaus Oberauer and Joachim Vandekerckhove.

This year our bi-annual conference (organized by Martin Fischer) will be held in Potsdam Germany from September 3 to 6, 2017. This is going to be a very exciting conference with many excellent speakers (See: Please join!

We continue to work with other societies. The Psychonomic Society will hold a symposium at the ESCoP meeting in Potsdam.  Also, this year there is a ESCoP symposium at the APS meeting (Association for Psychological Science) in Vienna in March 2017.

With the new Journal in place, ESCoP will continue its leading role representing Cognitive Psychology in Europe and beyond. We strive to further increase membership, especially from under-represented countries, and under-represented fields of research. We will strengthen our ties with funding agencies both at the national and the EU level, to ensure that our field continues to play a leading role in fundamental and applied research of cognition. 

I would like to thank Jonathan Grainger for being our President from 2014-2016 and Avishai Henik and Francesca Peressotti for being active committee members. We welcome as new members Klaus Oberauer (President-Elect), Marios Avraamides, Eva van den Bussche, Evie Vergauwe (co-opted member) and Anna Weighall; and we will continue to work with our experienced committee members Marc Brysbaert (Treasurer), Candice Morey (incoming editor) and Michal Wierzchon (Secretary). I thank Rob Hartsuiker for being an excellent and very committed editor of JCP. We have been under the dedicated guidance of Marilou Vandierendonck, who continues to serve as ESCoP Administrator with the same dedication year after year.

It is going to be a great year! See you in Potsdam.
Jan Theeuwes

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Conferences and Workshops

The International Convention of Psychological Science
Vienna, Austria
23-25 March 2017
The International Convention of Psychological Science is the culmination of efforts by the Association for the 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.
Early registration deadline: 16 February 2017

The Annual Meeting of the Vision Sciences Society
St. Pete Beach, Florida, USA
19-24 May 2017
The Annual Meeting of the Vision Sciences Society is a gathering of more than 2,000 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 1,200 poster presentations, 200 presentations, member-initiated symposia, workshops, and social events.
Early registration deadline: 1 March 2017

Dubrovnik Conference on Cognitive Science
Dubrovnik, Croatia
25-28 May 2017
The theme of the IX. Dubrovnik Conference on Cognitive Science is: Intuitive Sociologists: Representing Social Relations and Social Categories. The keynote speakers include: Gil Diesendruck (Bar-Ilan University), Alan Fiske‚Ä®(University of California, Los Angeles), David Pietraszewski (Max-Planck-Institute for Human Development), Nichola Raihani (University College London), Olivier Mascaro (CNRS), and Lotte Thomsen (University of Oslo). Poster submissions from all areas of cognitive science are welcomed.
Abstract submission deadline: 20 February 2016

The Third Biennial Workshop on Infant Language Development
Bilbao, Spain
15-17 June 2017
The workshop has been created to highlight recent research on a wide range of topics within monolingual and bilingual development, including speech perception and production; word learning; the development of syntax and morphology; brain mechanisms and first language acquisition; recent advances in infant brain imaging techniques; atypical language development; language and cognition; early bilingualism; multilingual development; the role of culture in language development; gestures and non-verbal communication in infants and toddlers. Invited speakers: Janet Werker (The University of British Columbia), David Lewkowicz (Northeastern University) and  Takao Hensch (Harvard University).
Abstract submission deadline: 10 February 2017
Early registration deadline: 23 April 2017

Language as a Form of Action
Rome, Italy
21-23 June 2017
The aim of the conference is to approach gesture and sign language research in an interdisciplinary way by bringing together researchers working on these topics from the fields of linguistics, neuroscience, developmental psychology, developmental robotics, philosophy, and other related disciplines. The keynote speakers include: Adam Kendon (Cambridge University and University College London, UK), Sotaro Kita (University of Warwick, Coventry, UK), Virginia Volterra (Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies, CNR Rome, Italy), Marie-Anne Sallandre and Marie-Thérèse L’Huillier (Universite Paris-8, France).
Abstract submission deadline: 3 February 2017

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 modeling, 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).

Abstract submission deadline: 3 March 2017
Early registration deadline: 10 April 2017

The 3rd Conference on Usage-Based Linguistics
Jerusalem, Israel
3-5 July 2017
The conference aims to bring together researchers who study language structure and use from a wide range of perspectives (linguistic, typological, developmental, psycholinguistic, computational). This year’s special theme is the relation between language processing and language typology and change: how do cognitive biases affect how language is structured and how it changes over time? The keynote speakers include: Ruth Berman (Tel Aviv University), Jennifer Culberston (University of Edinburgh), and Martin Hilpert (University of Neuchâtel). Original papers are invited, which adopt an empirical approach to language, including (but not limited to) corpus-based, computational and experimental approaches.
Abstract submission deadline: 1 February 2017

Joint Action Meeting VII
London, United Kingdom
22-25 July 2017
Joint Action Meeting brings together cognitive scientists and researchers from related disciplines studying individuals’ ability to act together. Contributions will present the latest research and thinking on a range of different topics, including language as a form of joint action, the interplay of perception and action in joint action, and the phylogenetic, ontogenetic, and cultural foundations of joint action.
Abstract submission deadline: 1 February 2017

CogSci 2017
London, UK
26-29 July 2017

CogSci 2017 is the 39th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society. Researchers from around the world are encouraged to submit their best basic and applied work in cognitive science to CogSci 2017, and to attend in order to discuss the latest theories and data from the world’s best cognitive science researchers. The theme of the meeting is “Computational Foundations of Cognition”.
Abstract submission deadline: 1 February 2017

Computational models of cognition: mathematical, neural, and symbolic models
Warwick, UK
22-25 July 2017
The co-chairs for this meeting are Adrian Banks, Marieke van Vugt, and Adam Sanborn. This year ICCM will be joined with the Society for Mathematical Psychology conference. This means that keynotes, symposia, and registration will be combined, but submissions will be handled separately.  
Abstract submission deadline: 15 March 2017

The 18th Biennial European Conference on Developmental Psychology
Utrecht, The Netherlands
29 August – 1 September 2017

The European Association for Developmental Psychology is pleased to announce that the abstract submission website is now open for the 18th Biennial European Conference on Developmental Psychology. Submissions for Paper presentations, Poster presentations, Paper symposia, and Poster symposia from a wide variety of disciplines on topics related to human development are welcomed. The pre-conference workshops will be held on the 28th and 19th of August.
Abstract submission deadline: 13 February 2017

Job Offers

Postdoctoral position, The Basque Center on Cognition Brain and Language, San Sebastián, Basque Country, Spain
The Basque Center on Cognition Brain and Language is offering a postdoctoral position focused on neurocomputational basis of language learning and statistical learning, as part of ERC-funded research project (PI: Ram Frost). The successful candidate will join an interdisciplinary team of researchers studying the cognitive and neural mechanisms underlying statistical learning and language learning from behavioural, EEG, MEG, and computational perspectives.  Work undertaken related to this position will contribute to integrating these different perspectives in an explicit neurocomputational framework.  Candidates with prior training in the computational modeling of psychological and neural processes are encouraged to apply; candidates with prior training in neural network (connectionist / parallel distributed processing) are particularly encouraged to apply.  Applicants able to demonstrate such computational expertise will be considered from the cognitive sciences, broadly construed, including psychology, computational linguistics, computational neuroscience, computer science, machine learning, and cognitive science.  Application deadline: 15 February 2017.
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Postdoctoral Position: Rhythmic Dynamics of Visual Perception and Attention, Centre de Recherche Cerveau & Cognition, France
A postdoctoral position is available to work in collaboration with Rufin VanRullen as part of a recently funded ERC project. The project investigates rhythmic aspects of visual perception, attention and awareness, using a combination of psychophysical, neuro-imaging and computational tools. Successful applicants will have prior experience with at least one of the above-mentioned experimental techniques, and a demonstrated interest in vision and/or attention; some programming experience is also desirable. French language is not a requirement but a willingness to learn would be beneficial. Net salary is commensurate with experience, starting around 2000 Euros per month. The initial appointment is one year, and can easily be renewed for one more year. Starting date is flexible, but no later than September 2017. 
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Postdoctoral Fellowship in Memory Laboratory for Human Neuroscience
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, USA

The research focus for this position is the effects of transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) on cortical networks of the human hippocampus and their contributions to learning and memory. The successful candidate would work with a large, longitudinal fMRI dataset collected from individuals participating in multi-week TMS experiments, including both young and elderly adults (supported by NIH grants R01MH106512, R01MH111790, and R01AG049002). Position requires a Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D. in a neuroscience-related field, broadly specified. We are seeking candidates with strong computational abilities, substantial experience in fMRI data analysis, and excellent written and verbal communication abilities.
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PhD Positions at the Sackler Centre, Brighton, UK
The Sackler Centre has two funded places for Ph.D. projects for entry in September 2017. Depending on their choice of project, candidates should make an application via the School of Informatics or the School of Psychology. Scholarships cover living expenses at standard rates, and tuition fees for home/EU students.  Topics include: 1. Evaluating the nature and neural bases of unconscious reward learning 2. Consciousness with a “blind mind’s eye”: Visual knowledge in aphantasia 3. Conscious and unconscious perception in the Bayesian brain 4. Information flow, integration and complexity in neural dynamics 5. Investigating conscious presence through virtual, augmented and substitutional reality 6. Interoceptive inference and the neural basis of emotion and self. Application deadline: 11 January 2017. 
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PhD Position: Electrophysiological Response in Post-Traumatic Coma, University of Birmingham, UK

A 3-year fully-funded PhD studentship is available at supervised by Dr Damian Cruse and Prof Antonio Belli, with funding from the Medical Research Council (MRC) Integrated Midlands Partnership for Biomedical Training (IMPACT). The successful applicant will be part of an MRC-funded project to investigate EEG markers of speech processing in both healthy individuals and patients who are comatose as a result of a severe traumatic brain injury. Patients in coma will be assessed with EEG within the first two-weeks post-injury and then followed for 12-months with further behavioural and EEG assessments that will provide an unprecedented characterisation of the level of consciousness that returns. This project is a unique opportunity to conduct cognitive neuroscience research that both contributes to our fundamental understanding of how the brain supports consciousness, and has a direct impact on clinical decision-making. Application deadline: 16 January 2017.
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Doctoral Programmes

Ph.D. Program in Neuroscience, The Neuroscience Institute International  at Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium
The ULB Neuroscience Institute (UNI) offers a dynamic and diverse research environment in all fields of neuroscience, from molecular and cellular neurobiology to systems and neurophysiology, from cognitive neuroscience to clinical research. UNI offers an International PhD Program in Neuroscience. Successful candidates will have the opportunity to work in a top UNI laboratory of their choice, in a stimulating and diverse environment aligned with the highest International standards and comprising state of the art facilities (e.g., stem cell research, optogenetics, neuroimaging, experimental psychology). Successful recipients will be supported through a PhD Fellowship covering living expenses, social security, and tuition. They will enjoy the cosmopolitan atmosphere of Brussels, a lively, hyper-connected city in the heart of Europe. Highly qualified candidates with a deep commitment to neuroscience research are invited to apply. Applicants should hold an MSc degree (or equivalent) in relevant disciplines. Closing date for application is 15 March 2017. Selection will be completed by end of June 2017. Accepted candidates may start research projects as early as October 2017.
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