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The history of ESCoP Summer Schools 

Dear ESCoP Members,

We kindly ask you to help us collect information about previous ESCoP Summer Schools, especially, but not only, those held in 2004 and before 1997. We are working on updating this information on the ESCoP website, so if you have any information about the theme, date, organisers or teachers, please send it to Michał Wierzchoń. All related materials (schedule, abstracts, etc) are also welcome. ESCoP Summer Schools are part of a long tradition of the society’s scientific meetings, which is worth preserving. You can see what is already on the website here.

ESCoP Museum Team


Glyn W. Humphreys 1954-2016

With the untimely death of Glyn Humphreys, who collapsed while out running in Hong Kong this January, our field lost one of its most admired and influential figures. Glyn had few equals worldwide in the breadth of his scientific contributions, his immense dedication to the discipline and to promoting the development of young scientists, and his commitment to the translation of basic science into improved clinical management. With his roles as Head of Department first at Birkbeck, later Birmingham and Oxford, his astounding output of books (18) and papers (more than 650), his array of honours and visiting appointments in laboratories around the world, and his legendary appetite for professional responsibility, Glyn was a scientist who, for more than 30 years, consistently remained at the very head of his field.

In terms of research, Glyn was extraordinary in the sheer breadth of his work, both as regards questions and methods of study. With his wife and lifetime collaborator Jane Riddoch, he is perhaps best known for neuropsychology, with insight into an immense variety of cognitive disorders following brain damage.  With the famous patient HJA, these two conducted perhaps the most extensive case study ever undertaken of visual agnosia, reported in many research papers and culminating in the 1987 book To see but not to see. Nearly 30 years later this book remains a jewel, explaining in detailed but accessible terms the experience of agnosia and the insights it produces into brain processes enabling object recognition.  Equally influential was the long programme of research into parietal lobe functions, with an immense breadth of contributions to our knowledge of spatial neglect, and probably our most detailed and imaginative analyses of the spatial and attentional deficits, including frozen attention to a single object in the visual field, inability to localize or reach, and perceptual hallucinations combining the wrong parts of the visual input into objects that do not exist, following bilateral lesions (Bálint’s syndrome). Additional topics are legion: conscious and unconscious processes in reading, the modularity of human knowledge as patients lose (for example) a lifetime’s store of animal facts, basic mechanisms of selective attention and visual search, interactions of vision and action and attentional bias from action affordances, self-concept and its role in directing cognition.  Illuminating studies of cognitive disorders were always matched by extensive analyses of normal behaviour, with methods ranging from experimental cognitive psychology to transcranial magnetic stimulation, functional neuroimaging and detailed computational modelling. The ideas of Humphreys and Riddoch have influenced a generation; in the 21st century there are few parts of the discipline that this work has not touched.

Beyond his impact on the scientific community, Glyn consistently remained loyal to the patients he worked with.  Through the Birmingham Brain Attack seminar series, extensive support group work with patients and carers, coverage in local and national media, and sustained, close contact with support and influence groups, he was tireless in ensuring that patients themselves became a part of the research, and in promoting the transfer of basic scientific knowledge to improved clinical management.

Glyn was also quite extraordinary in the depth and breadth of his professional service. From his first Head of Department appointment at the age of 32, he left no stone unturned in developing the departments he led, assembling unique clinical resources, modern neuroimaging, computational modelling and sophisticated behavioural programmes. In the UK he served on committees for MRC, BBSRC, EPSRC, Royal Society and more, most recently chairing the nationwide Research Excellence Framework panel.  He was equally committed to the discipline across Europe, with a long string of advisory and committee roles and honours including Leibniz lecturer (Leipzig, 1998), Humboldt Research Award (1998), D’Ydewalle Lecturer (Leuven, 2010) and Broadbent Lecturer (ESCOP, 2013).  He was visiting professor in Montreal (1988), Paris (1992), Bologna (1997), San Diego (1998), Melbourne (1999), Peking (2005-8), Granada (2009, 2011) and Hong Kong (2013-16).  Glyn also took on a prodigious volume of editorial work, most importantly founding Visual Cognition (1994-2004), and bringing to the UK the Editorship of APA’s Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance (2004-2011).  

Glyn brought inspiration to probably hundreds of colleagues and young scientists. As the stories show on his memorial website, this was a matter not only of scientific imagination and energy, though these were prodigious, but of humanity, wisdom, humour, generosity and modesty. These are stories not only of inspiration, but of immense gratitude. At the same time, though Glyn’s work programme was staggering, he somehow found time too for grandchildren, cricket, music, swimming, food, art and Everton football club. Our discipline mourns the loss of a special scientist, leader and friend.

John Duncan, MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, Cambridge, UK

Other news

Journal of Cognitive Psychology

Journal of Cognitive Psychology, Volume 28, Issue 2, March 2016 contains the following articles:

Past and future of near-infrared spectroscopy in studies of emotion and social neuroscience
Michela Balconi & Erika Molteni
Pages: 129-146 | DOI: 10.1080/20445911.2015.1102919
Original Articles 
Are go/no-go tasks preferable to two-choice tasks in response time experiments with older adults?
Manuel Perea, Ester Devis, Ana Marcet & Pablo Gomez
Pages: 147-158 | DOI: 10.1080/20445911.2015.1107077

The effects of phonological similarity on the semantic categorisation of pictorial and lexical stimuli: evidence from continuous behavioural measures
Laura Barca, Filippo Benedetti & Giovanni Pezzulo
Pages: 159-170 | DOI: 10.1080/20445911.2015.1101117

Integration of spatial information across vision and language
Stephanie N. Pantelides, Jonathan W. Kelly & Marios N. Avraamides
Pages: 171-185 | DOI: 10.1080/20445911.2015.1102144

Examining the role of working memory resources in following spoken instructions
Tian-xiao Yang, Richard J. Allen & Susan E. Gathercole
Pages: 186-198 | DOI: 10.1080/20445911.2015.1101118

Increased training complexity reduces the effectiveness of brief working memory training: evidence from short-term single and dual n-back training interventions
Kristina Küper & Julia Karbach
Pages: 199-208 | DOI: 10.1080/20445911.2015.1118106

Putting action memory to the test: testing affects subsequent restudy but not long-term forgetting of action events
Veit Kubik, Jonas K. Olofsson, Lars-Göran Nilsson & Fredrik U. Jönsson
Pages: 209-219 | DOI: 10.1080/20445911.2015.1111378

Mechanisms for the object-based negative compatibility effect: voluntary versus involuntary inhibition
Peng Liu, Rong Cao, Shuzhen Wang, Zijian Zheng & Yonghui Wang
Pages: 220-233 | DOI: 10.1080/20445911.2015.1102918

The role of planning in different mathematical skills
Dan Cai, George K. Georgiou, Ming Wen & J. P. Das
Pages: 234-241 | DOI: 10.1080/20445911.2015.1103742

Is more choice always worse? Age differences in the overchoice effect
Raffaella Misuraca, Ursina Teuscher & Palmira Faraci
Pages: 242-255 | DOI: 10.1080/20445911.2015.1118107

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).
Early registration deadline: 1 March 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 29th Annual CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing
Gainesville, Florida, USA
3-5 March2016
CUNY 2016 is hosted by the Department of Linguistics. The theme of the Special Session is Language Variation Within and Across Speakers. The conference will be preceded by workshop Events in Language and Cognition.
Registration is now open.

IWORDD - International Workshop On Reading and Developmental Dyslexia
Bilbao, Spain
5-7 May 2016
As part of its scientific activities, the Basque Center on Cognition, Brain and Language and the UPV-EHU are pleased to announce the second edition of IWORDD. Our aim with this workshop is to promote exchange of ideas between world-class dyslexia experts through talks and round tables, and facilitate transfer of knowledge between practitioners and scientists. The ultimate goal is to understand the causes of dyslexia and improve detection protocols and remediation techniques. The workshop is split into two parts; Theoretical Perspectives and From Theory to Practice. Each of which should be registered for separately.
Abstract submission deadline: 5 February 2016
Early registration deadline: 1 March 2016

The 4th Baltic-Nordic Summer School on Neuroinformatics: Understanding neurons, cognition and behavior through neuroinformatics
Warsaw, Poland
15-18 June 2016
The target audience of the course will be advanced master students, doctoral students and postdoctoral researchers in natural and life sciences, from physics, chemistry, mathematics, computer science, informatics and information technology, to biology, medicine, and psychology, who would like to get an introduction to neuroinformatics and computational neuroscience. The course is interdisciplinary and covers modeling at different levels of organization of the brain, analysis of neural data, brain atlases, and other aspects of neuroinformatics. The course combines lectures, tutorials and computer exercises. 
Application deadline: 21 February 2016

The 8th European Conference on Behavioural Biology
Vienna, Austria
12-15 July 2016
The conference will include plenary talks, participant proposed symposia, as well as oral and poster presentations. The keynote speakers include: Prof. Dr. Iain D. Couzin (Director of the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology, Konstanz), Prof. Dr. Barbara König (Institute of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies, University of Zurich; Dr. Sonja Koski
 (Finnish Centre of Excellence in Intersubjectivity in Interaction, University of Helsinki), Priv.-Doz. Dr. Friederike Range (University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna) and Prof. Ben Sheldon (University of Oxford).
Abstract submission deadline: 20 April 2016
Early registration deadline: 1 May 2016

International Conference on Memory
Budapest, Hungary
17-22 July 2016
The Scientific Committee invites all participants wishing to contribute to the scientific program to submit a symposium proposal, individual paper, or poster abstract for presentation. The Conference’s keynote speakers include; Carol A. Barnes (University of Arizona), Lila Davachi (New York University), Simona Ghetti (University of California, Davis), Lynn Hasher (University of Toronto), Michael J. Kahana (University of Pennsylvania), Eleanor Maguire (University College London), Henry L. Roediger (Washington University in St. Louis), Daniel L. Schacter (Harvard University), Andy Yonelinas (University of California, Davis), Jeff Zacks (Washington University in St. Louis).

Abstract submission deadline: 1 March 2016
Early bird registration deadline: 30 April 2016

Summer School in Cognitive Sciences: Reasoning
Montreal, Canada
20 June -1 July 2016
Reasoning is an important component of our cognitive activity. This issue will be addressed through the following angles of approach: Recent developments in formal logic for the modelling of human reasoning; the experimental study of human heuristics, biases and fallacies; the computational modelling and simulation of reasoning; the neuronal foundations of reasoning; reasoning and cognition; cognitive architectures; reasoning in embodied and distributed cognition; reasoning and perception; reasoning and memory; reasoning and language; reasoning and evolution; logic and computation; the teaching and the learning of logic and arguing skills; reasoning and intelligent tutoring systems; creative inferences, analogies, induction and abduction.
Abstract submission deadline: 15 February 2016
Early registration deadline: 30 March 2016

The European Conference on Visual Perception
Barcelona, Spain
28 August – 1 September 2016
The European Conference on Visual Perception is a travelling, annual meeting dedicated to scientific study of human visual perception. ECVP is highly interdisciplinary and attracts researchers and students from Psychology, Neurosciences, Optics, Computational Sciences, and so on. Even though vision is the main topic, other sensory modalities are very well represented as well as the interactions between the different modalities (multisensory perception). The conference is open to both young and established scientists from Europe and other parts of the world. The abstracts will be published online in the journal Perception.
Abstract submission deadline: 3 April 2016
Early registration deadline: 17 April 2016

The 22nd AMLaP Conference
Bilbao, Spain
1-3 September 2016
AMLaP 2016 aims to bring together psychological, computational, and theoretical perspectives on the cognitive mechanisms underlying any aspect of human language processing. Contributions to AMLaP which explicitly relate empirical and experimental findings to cognitive mechanisms of language processing are especially encouraged. The conference will include keynote speakers (Anne-Lise Giraud, University of Geneva, Switzerland; N. Bonnie Nozari, Johns Hopkins University, USA and Robert T. Knight, UC Berkeley, USA), regular talks, panel discussions, and poster sessions.
Abstract submission deadline: 15 April 2016
Early registration deadline: 15 June 2016

Conference on Multilingualism
Ghent, Belgium
11-13 September 2016

The Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences (FPPW) at Ghent University is organising the Conference on Multilingualism (COM) 2016. The Conference on Multilingualism actually has a longstanding tradition. It started in 2005 at the University of Trento under the name ‘Workshop on Bilingualism’. Since then, the name has been changed a couple of times to ‘Neurobilingualism’ and ‘Workshop of Neurobilingualism’. This makes the current conference the ninth edition of the gathering. We decided to continue the tradition under the somewhat broader label of ‘Conference on multilingualism’ in order to include different aspects of cognition and not limit the scope to just bilingualism.
Abstract submission deadline: 18 March 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 topic focus of the KogWis 2016 is „Space for Cognition“ we particularly encourage submissions related to the spatial cognition, which is an interdisciplinary research field concerned with the acquisition, organisation, and utilisation of knowledge about spatial objects and environments, be they real, virtual, or abstract, human or machine. The best contributions that address the topical focus of will be invited for expansion and submission to be reviewed for an edited Springer LNAI volume continuing the Spatial Cognition volume series.
Submission of symposium/tutorial proposals: 27 February 2016
Submission of ext. abstracts deadline: 30 April 2016
Early registration deadline: 16 July 2016

Job offers

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer of Neuroscience
University of Glasgow, Institute of Neuroscience and Psychology, United Kingdom
The University of Glasgow aims to develop a world-class research emphasis in social robotics, shared between the Institute of Neuroscience and Psychology and the School of Computing Science. Within the Institute, we aim to appoint a new member of staff who will significantly develop our research presence in this area. The appointment can be at Lecturer or Senior Lecturer level, dependent on the applicant’s credentials. Potential candidates should perform research in social neuroscience, computational neuroscience, social cognition, grounded cognition, or a related field that bears on social interaction and social robotics. Examples of relevant research areas include facial or bodily mirroring, theory of mind (intention attribution), the perception of agency, coordinated social action, etc. Primary qualifications for the position include research excellence, together with leadership potential for moving collaborative research on social robotics forward. Commitment to social robotics in previous and current research will be weighed positively. The candidate’s research program should align with the strategic objectives of the Centre for Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience (cSCAN), and should complement our existing expertise in social signal processing, interactive communication, and/or grounded cognition. Closing date: 6 March 2016
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Postdoctoral position at the Department of Experimental and Applied Psychology
Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
We are seeking a highly motivated postdoctoral researcher for a 1-year project on cognitive control. 
The project will be supervised by Eva Van den Bussche (Vrije Universiteit Brussel) and Tom Verguts (Universiteit Gent). The supervisors are specialized in cognitive control. Each department (Brussels and Ghent) provides a stimulating environment for cognitive neuroscience research. The candidate will carry out behavioral, EEG and fMRI experiments. Experience with these techniques (especially fMRI) is a requirement. We have access to a research-dedicated 3T Siemens MR scanner, Biosemi ActiveTwo EEG system and state-of-the-art equipment for experimentation. Candidates should have a doctoral degree in psychology, (cognitive) neuroscience, or a related discipline on the starting date. The starting date can be anywhere in 2016, so candidates who will defend their PhD in the near future can also apply.  Salary is according to standard Belgian regulations. Although the official language at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and Ghent University is Dutch, knowledge of Dutch is not required. Interested candidates should send a CV, motivation letter, and two (email) addresses of potential referees to Eva Van den Bussche. Informal inquiries can also be sent via email. Candidates will be considered until the position is filled.
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Postdoc position: Multisensory decision-making
University of St Andrews, United Kingdom
A post-doctoral position is available in the School of Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of St Andrews. The position is part of a BBSRC funded research project on multisensory decision making, which will be carried out in the lab of Dr Thomas Otto. The research involves psychophysical experiments as well as mathematical modelling. The position includes funding for career development. The initial appointment is for one year, funding is available for up to 3 years. Start date is 1st May 2016, or as soon as possible thereafter.  Applicants should have strong interests in our research and solid experience with psychophysical experiments or mathematical modelling. Strong candidates will have excellent communication skills in English as well as experience of programming (e.g., MATLAB). A PhD in Psychology, Neuroscience, or in a related field is required. Candidates near to completion may also submit applications, indicating the expected date of completion. Closing Date: 4 March 2016. 
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Postdoctoral Research Associate in Human factors
Idaho National Laboratory, Idaho Falls, United States
Idaho National Laboratory (INL) is seeking a Human Factors Psychologist or related field Postdoctoral Research Associate for the Human Factors, Controls, and Statistics Department to perform research and applied studies in human factors and cognitive psychology. The research will focus on the design and evaluation of control room technologies in nuclear power plant control rooms and other safety-critical systems. The position requires effective research skills, the ability to collaborate and partner with other government agencies, academia, and private sector companies to achieve project objectives; the ability to work with a multi-disciplinary team of scientists and engineers on challenging workscope, communicate effectively both verbally and in writing with management, co-workers, and with customers; publish results of research and development in a mix of refereed publications and conferences; work effectively with other research teams to develop and manage cross-cutting technical programs for a variety of customers. Required qualifications include PhD in human factors, cognitive psychology or related discipline; PhD must be completed by commencement of appointment and within the previous 5 years and demonstrated oral and published written communication skills (in English).
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PhD position: Training executive functions
Regensburg University, Germany
We are looking for a Ph.D. student for a period of three years (starting 2016) to join a DFG funded project, “Training Executive Functions: Lessons Learned from Prefrontal Cortex Physiology” supervised by Prof. Gesine Dreisbach (Regensburg-University, Germany) and Prof. Nachshon Meiran (Ben-Gurion-University, Israel).  Applicants must hold an MA in Psychology, Cognitive Science or related disciplines, hold EU citizenship, master statistics (e.g., SPSS, R) experimental programming (e.g., E-Prime, OpenSesame), be able to write in English.  The student is expected to move to Regensburg, for this period. Please send your full application (CV, certificates, statement of interest, name and email of one reference person) to Professor Gesine Dreisbach.
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PhD Studentship: Perception of auditory motion during head movement
Cardiff University, United Kingdom
The project concerns the issue of perception of auditory motion during head movement. Hearing, like vision, faces a fundamental problem when we move around. Self-movement creates motion in the acoustic image, and this could easily be confused with the actual movement of objects. The PhD project will explore the way the auditory system solves this problem, by studying the perception of moving sounds during head rotation. There will also be opportunities to compare hearing and vision, as well as how these two modalities integrate during head and eye movement. The studentships will commence in October 2016, and will cover your tuition fees as well as a maintenance grant. In 2015-16 the maintenance grant for full-time students was £14,057 per annum. As well as tuition fees and maintenance grant, you will receive a participant allowance of £300 per annum, and conference funding. You will also receive a computer and office space, and access to courses offered by the University's Graduate Centre and become members of the University Graduate College. Application deadline is 16 March 2016.
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Call for papers

Special Issue of Emotion & Cognition 
Anxiety and depression: Toward overlapping and distinctive features
This proposal for a Special Issue of Cognition and Emotion addresses one of the cardinal concerns of affective science, which is overlapping and distinctive features of anxiety and depression.  We invite authors to submit their original research as well as review articles. Articles presenting neuro-scientific perspectives or behavioral and physiological aspects of the overlapping and distinctive features of anxiety and depression are the most welcome. The deadline for submission is the end of April 2016.
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