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Dear ESCoP Members,
As you probably know, the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, announced the proposal to cut €2.7bn from Europe’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program in order to create the European Fund for Strategic Investments. This involves reducing the budgets of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (€350m) and the European Research Council (€221.2m).
The proposal has been widely criticized by researchers, scientific societies and university organizations. ESCoP communicates with other societies which are trying to influence the European Commission and members of the European Parliament. In February, our representatives took part in a meeting of the Initiative for Science in Europe (ISE) where these issues were discussed. All ESCoP Members are invited to sign the petition, launched by ISE, to secure the EU research and innovation budget:

Journal of Cognitive Psychology

Journal of Cognitive Psychology, Volume 27, Issue 2, March 2015 contains the following articles:

Broadbent Lecture at the 18th ESCOP Conference, Budapest, Hungary 
The salient self: Social saliency effects based on self-bias
Glyn W. Humphreys & Jie Sui
Pages: 129-140
DOI: 10.1080/20445911.2014.996156

Bertelson Award Lecture at the 18th ESCOP Conference, Budapest, Hungary 
Modulating and enhancing cognition using brain stimulation: Science and fiction
Roi Cohen Kadosh
Pages: 141-163
DOI: 10.1080/20445911.2014.996569

Original Articles 
Finding a link between guided search and perceptual load theory
Adam T. Biggs, Ryan D. Kreager & Christopher C. Davoli
Pages: 164-179
DOI: 10.1080/20445911.2014.987676

Reflecting on past failures leads to increased perseverance and sustained attention
Brynne C. DiMenichi & Lauren L. Richmond
Pages: 180-193
DOI: 10.1080/20445911.2014.995104

Attention and action: The role of response mappings in auditory attention switching
Vera Lawo & Iring Koch
Pages: 194-206
DOI: 10.1080/20445911.2014.995669

The role of semantic relatedness in producing the revelation effect: A test of the global-matching model
Brian H. Bornstein, Timothy R. Robicheaux & Emily M. Elliott
Pages: 207-217
DOI: 10.1080/20445911.2014.988630

The influence of spatial representation on valence judgments: An event-related potential study
Ya Zhang, Jing Hu, Entao Zhang & Guanghai Wang
Pages: 218-226
DOI: 10.1080/20445911.2014.995667

Bias detection: Response confidence evidence for conflict sensitivity in the ratio bias task
Katell Mevel, Nicolas Poirel, Sandrine Rossi, Mathieu Cassotti, Grégory Simon, Olivier Houdé & Wim De Neys
Pages: 227-237
DOI: 10.1080/20445911.2014.986487

Goal-driven reasoning overcomes cell D neglect in contingency judgements
André Mata, Leonel Garcia-Marques, Mário B. Ferreira & Cristina Mendonça
Pages: 238-249
DOI: 10.1080/20445911.2014.982129

Other news

Conference news

International Conference on Cognitive Modelling
9-11 April 2015
Gronigen, The Netherlands
ICCM is the premier conference for research on computational models and computation-based theories of human behaviour. The goal of ICCM is to bring researchers together who are interested in using computational modelling to better understand human cognition. ICCM is a forum for presenting, discussing, and evaluating the complete spectrum of cognitive modelling approaches, including connectionism, symbolic modelling, dynamical systems, Bayesian modelling, and cognitive architectures. ICCM includes basic and applied research across a wide variety of domains, ranging from low-level perception and attention to higher-level problem-solving and learning. Finally, we also welcome contributions that use computational models to better understand neuroimaging data.
Registration is now open.

The Cognitive and Neural Basis for the Development of Numeric Understanding
26-30 April 2015
Beersheba, Israel
This workshop is offered by the Center for the Neurocognitive Basis of Numerical Cognition (CNBNC). The themes covered will fall into four categories: (1) Basic Processes; (2) Development; (3) Deficiencies and Rehabilitation; and (4) Math Education. The slated speakers include: Daniel Algom, Daniel Ansari, Sarit Ashkenazi, Reuven Babai, Andrea Berger, Margarete Delazer, Dana Ganor-Stern, Luisa Girelli, Susan Golden-Meadow, Avishai Henik, Evelyn Kroesbergen, Rosa Leikin, Bert Reynvoet, Orly Rubinsten, Ruth Stavy, Joseph Tzelgov, and Daniel Zakay.
Magstim Neuroscience Conference 2015
9-10 May 2015
Oxford, UK
Magstim Neuroscience Conference is the leading European conference for Neuroscientists working in the fields of TMS/tDCS and Neuronavigation. The Conference will feature guest talks from International Key Opinion Leaders across a range of topics in the neuroscience field, with academic conference organisers Professor Vince Walsh (UCL), Dr Sven Bestmann (UCL), and Dr Charlotte Stagg (University of Oxford). Following the success of the 2014 "Masterclass Sessions", delegates have the opportunity to attend highly interactive and engaging masterclasses. Each masterclass provides attendees with a forum for discussion and debate with some of the world’s leading neuroscience researchers.
Abstract submission deadline: 20 April 2015
Registration is now open.

Workshop on Bilingualism and Executive Function: An Interdisciplinary Approach
18-19 May 2015
New York, USA
The Graduate Center of the City University of New York, with the generous support of the National Science Foundation, is pleased to invite you to a two-day workshop on bilingualism and executive function. The Workshop will immediately precede the International Symposium on Bilingualism at Rutgers University. It will bring together experts from different disciplines broadly divided into two areas, bilingualism and executive function. The disciplines include cognitive psychology, linguistics, aging, and neuropsychology.

Abstract submission deadline: 5 April 2015
The 10th International Symposium on Bilingualism
20-24 May 2015
New Brunswick, USA
The theme of the 10th ISB is "uncovering multilingualism". New Brunswick, New Jersey is home to a large number of multilingual speakers who speak a variety of native languages of the Americas in addition to Spanish and English. Walking down the streets of the immigrant neighbourhoods in the city, one can catch a glimpse of languages from Mexico and Central America that are only used among closed networks of speakers. But once the different layers of languages are uncovered, a complex world of linguistic diversity and potential resources emerges as a representation of the larger reality of the United States. 
Registration is now open.
2015 meeting of the Belgian Association for Psychological Sciences
28 May 2015
Brussels, Belgium
The annual BAPS conference is open for researchers and students conducting research on all aspects of psychology. This year we have two invited keynote speakers. Our first speaker is Natalie Sebanz (Central European University, Hungary), who will speak about "Cognitive and Neural Mechanisms of Joint Action". To accompany this keynote talk, there will be a symposium to showcase research on social neuroscience, organised by Frank Van Overwalle (VUB). Our second speaker is Todd Braver (Washington University), who will speak about "Flexible Neural Mechanisms of Cognitive Control". To accompany this keynote talk, there will be a symposium to showcase research on proactive control, organised by Eva Van den Bussche (VUB) and Bart Aben (VUB).
Abstract submission deadline: 4 April 2015
New Directions in Implicit and Explicit Language Learning
10-11 June 2015
Lancaster, UK
The study of implicit and explicit learning plays a central role in the cognitive sciences. This two-day symposium will bring together leading researchers from
a variety of disciplines (cognitive psychology, linguistics, second language research, cognitive neuroscience, and education) in order to critically appraise the role of implicit and explicit processes in language acquisition, to discuss current trends, and to outline future directions to take in this interdisciplinary enterprise. In order to facilitate discussion, attendance is limited to 30 participants.

Abstract submission deadline: 30 March 2015
Interdisciplinary Advances in Statistical Learning
25-27 June 2015
San Sebastian, Spain
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 modelling, and non-human species. The conference will include keynote speakers, regular talks, panel discussions, and poster sessions. Selected papers presented at the conference will be the basis of an edited volume or a Special Issue.
Early registration deadline: 15 April 2015

The International Association for Cognitive Education and Psychology XV Biennial International Conference
6-8 June 2015
Athens, Greece
The IACEP is a society of professionals from throughout the world who are interested in advancing the cognitive education of children, youth, and adults. IACEP strives to maintain an organisation that brings together persons with diverse applied and theoretical interests. The Association recognises the importance of collaborative inquiry that includes researchers and practitioners, working together or separately, in advancing the goals of cognitive theory, education, assessment, and therapies.
Abstract submission deadline: 15 May 2015

9th IBRO World Congress on Neuroscience
7-11 July 2015
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The program is being prepared by a high-level international committee, and will cover the most important areas and topics of current neuroscience research. The goal is to deepen understanding of brain structure and function, from molecules to behaviour, in lectures by distinguished scientists, symposia and minisymposia with thematic leaders of different countries, and posters open to scientists, postdocs and students from all over the world.
Abstract submission deadline: 20 April 2015
Early registration deadline: 15 April 2015

8th annual Conference on Embodied and Situated Language Processing: "Stepping out of the Frame"
29-31 July 2015
Lyon, France
The 8th annual conference on Embodied and Situated Language Processing: “Stepping out of the Frame” encourages novel perspectives on the interpretation of language-induced activity in modality specific brain regions. The overarching goal of this conference is to bring together researchers from different domains to provide complementary insights that will help refining existing accounts of embodiment in language processing. In line with this goal, our KEYNOTE speakers come from different disciplines (Neurology, Neuroscience, Cognitive Sciences and Linguistics) and present work ranging from the neural basis of language to theories of word meaning.
Early registration deadline: 1 April 2015
Abstract submission deadline: 1 June 2015

European Conference On Eye Movements
16-21 August 2015
Vienna, Austria
The European Conference on Eye Movements (ECEM) is the largest conference on eye movements worldwide and aims to promote cooperation and communication between researchers and research fields, as well as to exchange information on the state-of-the-art of research, equipment, and software in the field of eye movements. Therefore, ECEM brings together basic as well as more applied researchers from different fields including neurophysiologists, psychologists, neuropsychologists, clinicians, linguists, computational and applied scientists, engineers and manufacturers that are interested in eye movements.
Early registration deadline: 1 June 2015

Job offers

PhD position in Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience
Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich, Germany

We are offering a fully-funded 3-year PhD position in cognitive and clinical neuroscience at the German Center for Vertigo and Balance Disorders at the Klinikum Grosshadern, LMU Munich. This unit is an interdisciplinary integrated research and treatment centre focussing on spatial orientation, ocular motor disorders, gait and posture, and vertigo and dizziness. Our new group (PI: Prof Paul C Taylor, starting April 1st) investigates disorders of spatial orientation and orienting, and how multisensory information is integrated in the representation of space and the control of attention and action. This project studies both normal and patient populations using brain stimulation with transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and cutting-edge developments in combined online TMS-EEG to explore functional connectivity. In addition, other methods of brain stimulation and imaging are available. The position can start from April 1st 2015 at the earliest, remaining open until a suitable candidate is found.
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Postdoctoral Position at Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, USA

Carnegie Mellon University is looking for a postdoctoral researcher. The work in the laboratory involves developing ACT-R models of the learning of complex skills and relating these models to the temporal structure of fMRI, EEG, and MEG data.  An appropriate candidate would have a relevant background in some aspects of such work and an interest in learning other aspects.  Interested candidates should email a CV, or any questions about the position, to
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SMI Programming Competition
SensoMotoric Instruments (SMI) and the European Conference on Eye Movements are delighted to call for contributions to the 2015 eye-tracking programming competition. The call is open for newly developed eye-tracking software, and software covering eye-movement research, and/or eye tracking data analysis. The possible applications may cover a variety of fields, such as human computer interaction, event detection algorithms, visualisation and analysis of eye movements, or even entirely novel applications. The four finalists of the competition will attend ECEM 2015 (admission fees will be sponsored) and present their developed software at the conference.
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Submission deadline: 15 March 2015

2015 Oswald-Külpe-Prize‚Ä®for the‚Ä®Experimental Study of Higher Mental Processes
Honouring the great tradition of the Würzburg School of Psychology and its founder Oswald Külpe, the University of Würzburg invites nominations for its Oswald-Külpe- Prize, which is conferred biennially in a special ceremony. The purpose of the award is to recognise exceptional scientific contributions to the experimental study of higher mental processes. It will be presented in Würzburg on the 20th November 2015. The Külpe-Prize includes a cash prize of € 4.000, plus the recipient’s expenses for travelling and accommodation. Eligible are scientists of all nationalities and without any age restrictions. The only criterion is the candidates’ proven excellence in experimental research on higher mental processes. This may pertain to different areas of psychology. Self-nominations are possible.
More information
Nomination submission deadline: 15 July 2015

Neuroscience of Consciousness
Neuroscience of Consciousness is a new open access journal publishing papers on the biological basis of consciousness, with an emphasis on empirical neuroscience studies in healthy populations and clinical settings. The journal will also publish empirically and neuroscientifically relevant psychological, methodological, theoretical, and philosophical papers. As well as the primary phenomenon of consciousness itself, relevant topics include interactions between conscious and unconscious processes; selfhood; metacognition and higher-order consciousness; intention, volition, and agency; individual differences in consciousness; altered states of consciousness; disorders of consciousness in psychiatry and neurology; and consciousness in infants and non-human animals. The journal is now open for submissions, with published content available from Spring 2015.
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