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ESCoP News

The first ESCoP Satellite on Cognitive Enhancement

Date: 3 September 2017
Organizers: Prof. dr. Lorenza S. Colzato, Prof. dr. Bernhard Hommel, and Dr. Laura Steenbergen
Cognitive enhancement is the use of any means (e.g., brain stimulation, meditation, physical exercise, lifestyle, or food supplements) to enhance
performance in healthy individuals. The aim of the meeting is to pursue a mechanistically oriented, theory-driven approach that tries to understand and explain how and why an intervention can enhance a targeted cognitive function. This provides an interesting bridge between the rigor and mechanistic interest of basic-science approaches and the opportunity to translate basic insights into programs with societal impact, an aspect that is increasingly emphasized by both funding agencies and individual researchers.
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Call for New Logo Design for the European Society for Cognitive Psychology 

Submission deadline: 15 June 2017
The European Society for Cognitive Psychology announces its new logo contest. We are inviting interested members to submit a new design for ESCoP’s logo. This logo will represent the European Society for Cognitive Psychology on the web, in publications, and in other forms of communication.
ESCoP is a dynamic scientific society that provides a space within which current research in cognitive psychology and neighbouring disciplines can be presented, discussed and encouraged. These are exciting times for ESCoP as the society is making a historic move by launching the Journal of Cognition, a modern open-access journal featuring a fair and rigorous expert review process. The society has decided that now is the time for a new logo. We want a new logo that is simple, modern, energetic and innovative. The logo may include the letters “ESCoP” (or the letters can be placed next to the logo). It should represent the following concepts: cognition/the human mind/cognitive psychology. We want a logo that is easily recognizable and, as such, should stand out and be different from other logos. The design should be in colour, but should also be usable in black and white. There are no specific colours that need to be included in the design.
The official rules of the European Society for Cognitive Psychology Logo Contest can be found here.

Journal of Cognitive Psychology

Journal of Cognitive Psychology, Volume 29, Issue 2, March 2017 contains the following articles:
 
No compelling evidence for a bilingual advantage in switching or that frequent language switching reduces switch cost
Kenneth R. Paap, Hunter A. Myuz, Regina T. Anders, Morgan F. Bockelman, Roman Mikulinsky & Oliver M. Sawi
Pages: 89-112 | DOI: 10.1080/20445911.2016.1248436
 
Spatial reference frames and SNARC
Abeer Mourad & Craig Leth-Steensen
Pages: 113-128 | DOI: 10.1080/20445911.2016.1249483
 
Time for action versus action in time: time estimation differs between motor preparation and execution
Mohammad Ali Nazari, Andrea Caria & Mojtaba Soltanlou
Pages: 129-136 | DOI: 10.1080/20445911.2016.1232724
 
Gender differences in emotional experiences across childhood, romantic relationship, and self-defining memories
Inci Boyacioglu, Serap Akfirat & Adviye Esin Yılmaz
Pages: 137-150 | DOI: 10.1080/20445911.2016.1216996
 
Effects of the emotional properties of words and a manipulation of mindset on performance of an ambiguous task
Anna Antosz & Kamil K. Imbir
Pages: 151-168 | DOI: 10.1080/20445911.2016.1226313
 
Individual differences in banknote processing: the role of altruism
Azahara Ruiz, Giulia Togato, Ana Belén García-Gámez & Pedro Macizo
Pages: 169-183 | DOI: 10.1080/20445911.2016.1237954
 
The effect of feedback on children’s metacognitive judgments: a heuristic account
Marie Geurten & Thierry Meulemans
Pages: 184-201 | DOI: 10.1080/20445911.2016.1229669
 
A belief in trend reversal requires access to cognitive resources
Tadeusz Tyszka, Łukasz Markiewicz, Elżbieta Kubińska, Katarzyna Gawryluk & Piotr Zielonka
Pages: 202-216 | DOI: 10.1080/20445911.2016.1245195
 
Short- and long-term consequences in decision-making under risk: immediate feedback about long-term prospects benefits people tending to impulsive processing
Silke M. Mueller, Johannes Schiebener, Gerrit Stöckigt & Matthias Brand
Pages: 217-239 | DOI: 10.1080/20445911.2016.1245660
 
The illusion of replacement in research into the development of thinking biases: the case of the conjunction fallacy
Kinga Morsanyi, Francesca Chiesi, Caterina Primi & Dénes Szűcs
Pages: 240-257 | DOI: 10.1080/20445911.2016.1256294
 

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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 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.
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The Annual Meeting of Cognitive Neuroscience Society
San Francisco, USA
25-28 March 2017
 
Each year The Cognitive Neuroscience Society holds an annual meeting in the spring. The purpose of the meeting is to bring together researchers from around the world to share the latest studies in cognitive neuroscience. This 4-day event is filled with invited symposia, symposia, posters, awards, a keynote speaker, and, most importantly, the opportunity to connect with colleagues.
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The 12th World Congress on Brain Injury
New Orleans, USA
29 March – 1 April 2017
 
The aim of the 12th World Congress is to provide an opportunity for establishing collegial relationships with international professionals focused on the care and/or service of persons with acquired brain injury and/or the science of brain injury research. State of the art research will be presented dealing with information from basic science to clinical (coma to community) aspects of brain injury.
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British Neuroscience Association Festival of Neuroscience
Birmingham, UK
10-13 April 2017
 
BNA2017 delegates can expect a jam-packed scientific programme with the top experts in their field offering research findings from the hottest topics in neuroscience, as well as many other activities, including public events and workshops.
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The Annual Meeting of the Vision Sciences Society
St. Pete Beach, 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 VSS Annual 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.
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Psycholinguistics in Flanders       
Leuven, Belgium
29-30 May 2017
 
Psycholinguistics in Flanders (PiF) has established itself as the conference of choice for young psycholinguists (PhD students and young postdocs) in Belgium and neighbouring countries. Research in all domains of psycholinguistics is suitable for presentation at PiF. To ensure junior researchers and their work are given centre stage, senior researchers cannot give oral presentations, but are still very welcome to attend. We are pleased to announce the following keynote speakers: Simon De Deyne (School of Psychology, University of Adelaide), Max Louwerse (Dept. of Communication and Information Science, Tilburg University), Antje Meyer (Psychology of Language Dept., Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics), and Gabriella Vigliocco (Division of Psychology and Language Sciences, University College London).
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Abstract submission deadline: 24 March 2017


The 21th Annual Meeting of the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness
Beijing, China
13-16 June 2017
 
The annual conferences of the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness (ASSC) are intended to promote interdisciplinary dialogue in the scientific study of consciousness. ASSC members and non-members are encouraged to submit contributions that address current empirical and theoretical issues in the study of consciousness, from the perspectives of neuroscience, psychology, medicine, philosophy, computer science, and cognitive ethology. ASSC21 will provide an excellent opportunity for the presentation of new empirical findings or novel theoretical perspectives in an atmosphere that promotes discussion and debate.
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Abstract submission deadline: 17 March 2017


Conference on Music and Eye-Tracking
Frankfurt, Germany
17-18 August 2017
 
The conference on “Music and Eye-tracking” (MET)—what eye movements, pupil
dilation, and blinking activity tell us about musical processing—will be held at the Max-Planck-Institute for Empirical Aesthetics in Frankfurt. The goal is to bring together the leading experts from psychology, all fields of music research, sociology, cultural sciences, and neuroscience, united in the interest to investigate musical processing using eye-tracking methodology or combining eye tracking with other methods.
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 Abstract submission deadline: 1 April 2017 


Interspeech 2017
Stockholm, Sweden
20-24 August 2017
 
The conference theme is “Situated interaction”. The overall goal is to provide a broad approach to speech communication issues integrating speech technology and pragmatic aspects of human conversational speech communication behaviour in different interaction contexts. All branches of speech communication science are welcome – be it human-machine interaction or human-human interaction in groups of different sizes, face-to-face or remote, exploring the affordances of speech communication technology.
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Paper submission deadline: 14 March 2017       
Early registration deadline: 21 June 2017


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 of 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.
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Workshop proposals deadline: 15 March 2017
Paper submission deadline: 15 April 2017
Registration deadline: 15 July 2017


The Visual Science of Art Conference
Berlin, Germany
25-27 August 2017
 
The main focus of the Visual Science of Art Conference (VSAC) is to better connect the communities of visual scientists and artists in order to deepen our understanding of aesthetic phenomena. The VSAC is an ideal venue to debate and collaborate on all topics associated with the perception and evaluation of artworks. From its beginnings the VSAC has been organized as a satellite conference of the European Conference on Visual Perception.
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Abstract submission deadline: 15 April 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 multisensory 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.
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Abstract submission deadline: 15 April 2017


The 10th Annual Embodied and Situated Language Processing Conference
Moscow, Russia
10-12 September 2017
 
The general topic of this Anniversary edition of Embodied and Situated Language Processing Conference (ESLP) is Interdisciplinary Approaches to Embodied and Situated Cognition. ESLP 2017 will showcase new theoretical and empirical research by individuals and groups who transcend the boundaries of traditional research fields and combine research methodologies in their investigations of the embodied and situated nature of linguistic and conceptual knowledge, and processing.
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Abstract submission deadline: 15 March 2017


The 5th Barcelona Summer School on Bi- and Multilingualism
Barcelona, Spain
12-15 September 2017
 
The aim of the BSBM is to bring together prominent experts who represent different disciplinary approaches and will discuss state-of-the-art research on the cognitive, linguistic, and cultural aspects of bi- and multilingualism. The school is intended for post-graduate students and researchers interested in an updated overview of the field in an international academic context. Invited speakers: Jubin Abutalebi (Università Vita-Salute San Raffaele), Fred H. Genesee (Mc Gill University), Katherine Kinzler (Cornell University), and Guillaume Thierry (Bangor University). Together with the course, there will be three Workshop sessions where students are invited to present their research works (oral presentation/poster).
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Abstract submission deadline: 20 March 2017

Job Offers

Full Professor of Social Psychology at the University of Cologne, Germany
 
The Department of Psychology at the Faculty of Human Sciences of the University of Cologne (UoC) seeks to appoint a Full Professor of Social Psychology (W3-tenured). The successful candidate is expected to have a record of excellence in social cognition, and/or related areas such as cognitive psychology or Motivation science. The candidate is also expected to strongly contribute to the UoC’s Center for Social and Economic Behavior and the Social Cognition Center Cologne of the Department of Psychology. Both structures are part of UoC’s Key Profile Area II, „Behavioral Economic Engineering and Social Cognition“. The ideal candidate’s track record should show an excellent fit with these interrelated structures and a strong interest to bridge the fields of social cognition and behavioural economics. Application deadline is 30 March 2017.
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Assistant/Associate Professor in Psychology, American University in Cairo, Egypt
 
There are several tenure track faculty openings at the American University in Cairo. We are particularly seeking a cognitive or cognitive-developmental psychologist, and we also encourage applications from those with a basic background in psychology, including developmental, social, community, or biological psychology. All instruction at AUC is in English; Arabic language is not required.  We are looking to fill the positions soon, so if interested please submit your application as soon as possible. You may feel free to contact Dr Kate Ellis if you have any questions regarding your application.
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Assistant Professor in Cognitive Neuroscience and Applied Cognitive Psychology, Leiden University, the Netherlands
 
The section Cognitive Psychology of the institute Psychology of the Faculty Social and Behavioural Sciences and the Leiden Institute for Brain and Cognition are looking for two highly talented staff members. Candidates should demonstrate excellence in teaching abilities, and have experience with various types of teaching and supervision of students at different stages of their education; proficiency in the Dutch language is not essential but candidates are expected to acquire a good command of the Dutch language within the first year; candidates should have a strong research record, evident from (among others) a completed PhD thesis and peer-reviewed (international) publications on topics in cognitive psychology or related fields; the expertise of suitable candidates falls into at least one or both of the unit’s two research themes: Cognitive neuroscience; or Applied cognitive psychology (cognitive enhancement or human factors psychology); valued research experience: Advanced modelling skills; Programming; Neuroimaging (fMRI and/or EEG); Valorization of research; Collaboration with industrial / non-academic parties. A four-year term position is offered. A longer term appointment is possible but cannot be guaranteed. Application deadline is 25 March 2017.
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Senior Research Associate/Research Associate: Why Johnny doesn’t Write Secure Software: Secure Software Development by the Masses, Lancaster University, UK

You will conduct in-depth research into understanding software developers’ awareness and planning with respect to security; their security decision strategies and processes and the cognitive biases that shape their programming choices and actions; and effectiveness of interventions to support/improve their security behaviours. You will develop innovative research the puts you at the forefront of work into human dimensions of cyber security. The project offers an exciting and innovative opportunity to combine research concepts and ideas with real world problems and their solutions. The project will involve combining behavioural studies with empirically-grounded interventions. This is a fixed-term appointment starting 1 May 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter and ending 31 March 2020. Application deadline is 31 March 2017.
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Postdoctoral Position: Language Processing in Blind Individuals, The International School of Advanced Studies in Trieste and the Center for Mind/Brain Sciences in Trento, Italy
 
Applications for a post-doctoral position are invited in the context of a joint research project between the International School of Advanced Studies (SISSA) in Trieste and the Center for Mind/Brain Sciences (CIMeC) in Trento. The project is funded by a PRIN grant from the Italian Ministry of Education and Research. The project is dedicated to investigating the neural circuits involved in semantic processes and their plasticity, and comparing sighted and blind individuals using combined MEG/fMRI methodologies. The project is coordinated by Prof. Davide Crepaldi. The ideal candidate has experience with electrophysiological neuroimaging and/or fMRI research. Programming skills, as well as interest in methodological development (brain connectivity, pattern recognition, machine learning) will be highly evaluated. Experience in language research and/or research with special populations is a plus but not a necessity. Knowledge of Italian language is a bonus but not required. Since the work will mostly involve testing blind people with neuroimaging techniques, the post holder will spend most of her/his time at CIMeC. The commitment is for up to three years (1+2). The ideal starting date would be around April-May 2017, but is negotiable, and applications will be considered until mid-March. 
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Postdoctoral Position in Developmental Psychology/Cognitive Neuroscience in Marseille, France

We are looking for a highly motivated fellow for a 2 years (potentially renewable) post-doc position to conduct EEG and structural MRI studies from children to young adults. This position is opened within a larger project which aims to track the development of cognitive control from childhood to adulthood. Capitalizing on the results of the first two phases, the hired fellow will be mainly involved in the third phase of this project that will study the cortical components related to executive control maturation. EEG (and EMG) will be recorded on children performing conflict tasks to track the maturation of the different electrophysiological markers of executive control. Candidates should hold a PhD in cognitive/developmental psychology/neuroscience. Expertise in either EEG or structural MRI is required. Having experience with children is a real plus; if this experience is in association with one of the two techniques
listed above, that would be a major advantage. However, candidates having a strong background in one of those techniques but no experience with children are still encourage to apply. Knowledge of a high-level programming language (python, matlab, R) is a real plus. The daily work language will be English, but given the extensive interactions with children, a non-French-speaking applicant would have to speak a minimum amount of French (French courses can be attended in place). Applications are encouraged immediately, and will remain open until position is filled. The position is available immediately.
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Three 2-year Postdoctoral Positions on Language, Communication and the Brain, at Aix-Marseille/Avignon, France
 
The Center of Excellence on Brain and Language (BLRI) and the Institute of Language, Communication and the Brain (ILCB) offer: three 2-year postdoc positions on any topic that falls within the area of language, communication, brain and modelling. The institute provides privileged and free access to fMRI and MEG facilities. The BLRI-ILCB is located in Aix-en-Provence, Avignon and Marseille and regroups several research centres in linguistics, psychology, cognitive neuroscience, medicine, computer science, and mathematics.  The scientific project, ideally interdisciplinary, should be supervised by at least one member of the BLRI/ILCB and should, if possible, involve two different laboratories of the institute. A complete application should contain: full description of the research project (~ 5 pages), CV with complete list of publications, Letter of motivation, and a letter of recommendation or contact information of a potential referee. Application deadline is 11 June 2017.
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Postdoctoral Position in Cognitive Development and Plasticity, University of Koblenz-Landau, Landau, Germany
 
The Cognition & Development Lab at Campus Landau invites applications for a full-time post-doctoral research position. The post-doc will work on a research project funded by the DFG and run in collaboration with the University of Edinburgh (Dr Nicolas Chevalier). The focus of the project is on the training of executive functions in childhood. The post-doc will coordinate the German leg of the project and analyse and publish the data. Further scientific qualification (e.g. Habilitation) is expected and will be strongly supported. The successful applicant will have a PhD in Psychology, excellent knowledge of research methods, statistics and English. Experience with programming (e.g. Eprime, Presentation, Matlab), eye-tracking and the modelling of longitudinal data sets are a plus. Application deadline is 27 March 2017.
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Postdoctoral Research Fellow Position at the Department of Psychology, University of Haifa, Israel
 
We are 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.
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Postdoctoral Researcher, PhD Student, and Administrative Assistant in Philosophy of Mind, University of Antwerp
 
Applications are invited for the following three positions at the University of Antwerp: Postdoctoral researcher (2 years), PhD student (4 years), and Administrative assistant (half time, 5 years – I want to fill this position with a research active philosopher). The postdoc/PhD student/admin assistant will be part of Bence Nanay’s ERC-funded project on multimodal mental imagery as well as his larger research group (funded by ERC, FWO, FP7 CIG and BOF UA) and will work with Professor Nanay. There are no teaching obligations. These positions are on a very specific topic funded by the recently awarded ERC project on mental imagery and multimodal perception. The postdoctoral researcher is expected to work on joint projects with Professor Nanay that are related to this topic and the PhD student is expected to write his/her dissertation on a topic related to the ERC project. Background in the empirical sciences is an advantage. Postdoctoral candidates must have a PhD degree in philosophy and PhD candidates must have a master’s degree in philosophy. Application deadline: 9 April 2017. Starting date of the position: 1 September 2017.
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PhD Position at the Cognitive Control Lab, Greifswald University, Germany
 
The Cognitive Control Lab of Prof. Rico Fischer at the University of Greifswald is offering a three-year part-time position for a PhD student (starting April 2017 or later). We are seeking an enthusiastic candidate with a MA or Diploma degree in Psychology or related fields (e.g., Cognitive Neuroscience). The applicant should have a strong background in Experimental Psychology and/or Cognitive Neuroscience and should have extensive knowledge in Research Methods/Statistics (e.g., SPSS). The successful candidate is expected to write research articles in English and to master experimental programming (e.g., Presentation, Eprime, Open Sesame). The position further requires participation in teaching (one course per term) in Cognitive Psychology and/or Research Methods (teaching in English is possible). Applications will be considered until the position is filled. 
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PhD Positions in Language, Communication and the Brain, Aix-Marseille/Avignon, France
 
The Center of Excellence on Brain and Language (BLRI) and the Institute of Language, Communication and the Brain (ILCB, award four PhD grants (3 years) on any topic that falls within the area of language, communication, brain and modelling. The institute provides privileged and free access to fMRI and MEG facilities. The BLRI-ILCB is located in Aix-en-Provence, Avignon and Marseille and regroups several research centres in linguistics, psychology, cognitive neuroscience, medicine, computer science, and mathematics. Interested candidates need to find one or more PhD supervisors amongst the members of the BRLI-ILCB. Together with the supervisor(s), they would then need to write a 3-year PhD project. Priority is given to interdisciplinary co-directions and to projects that involve two different laboratories of the institute. The application should contain: A full description of the PhD project (~ 5 pages), CV and master degree grades (if available), Letter of motivation, and a letter of recommendation or contact information of a potential referee. Submission deadline is 11 June 2017 and the starting date is 1 September 2017.
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PhD Programmes

PhD Program in Psychology, University of Mannheim, Germany
 
Center for Doctoral Studies in Social and Behavioral Sciences (CDSS) at the University of Mannheim invites applications for the new intake in September 2017. 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 and personality psychology, health psychology, psychometrics and mathematical psychology, experimental psychopathology and clinical psychology, social cognition, survey research techniques and meta-analysis, and work and organizational psychology. The application deadline is 31 March 2017. 

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