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ESCoP Conference 2017

The organizers are happy to announce that ESCoP 2017 is now open for registration and abstract submission. The conference will be held from Sunday 3 to Wednesday 6 September in Potsdam, Germany. The program includes over 30 specialized symposia, as well as several exciting satellite events on the Sunday. Please visit the conference website for details. 
The organizers also invite submissions for the SCIENCE SLAM to be held on the evening of Wednesday 6 September. We are looking for people who can give particularly creative and entertaining 5-min presentations of their PhD or post-doc projects. Please email your idea directly to


Journal of Cognitive Psychology

Journal of Cognitive Psychology, Volume 29, Issue 1, February 2017 contains the following articles:
Voice, speech, and language: selected papers from APCAM
John G. Neuhoff & Timothy L. Hubbard
Pages: 1-2 | DOI: 10.1080/20445911.2016.1253583

Original Articles
Categorical perception: effects of the extent and rate of spectral change
Michael D. Hall & Rachael B. Peck
Pages: 3-22 | DOI: 10.1080/20445911.2016.1229704
The role of vowel formant frequencies and duration in the perception of foreign accent
Kit Ying Chan, Michael D. Hall & Ashley A. Assgari
Pages: 23-34 | DOI: 10.1080/20445911.2016.1170746
Vocal mistuning reveals the origin of musical scales
Peter Q. Pfordresher & Steven Brown
Pages: 35-52 | DOI: 10.1080/20445911.2015.1132024
Change deafness across voices in music and language
Michael S. Gordon
Pages: 53-64 | DOI: 10.1080/20445911.2016.1223244
The supramodal brain: implications for auditory perception
Lawrence D. Rosenblum, James W. Dias & Josh Dorsi
Pages: 65-87 | DOI: 10.1080/20445911.2016.1181691

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Conferences and Workshops

The 2017 International Convention of Psychological Science
Vienna, Austria
23-25 March 2017
The program features Keynote Addresses by W. Tecumseh Fitch, Linda B. Smith, and Thomas Bourgeron, as well as 8 plenary-like Integrative Science Symposia with world-renowned scientists presenting cutting-edge research combining multiple disciplinary perspectives and innovative methods. The program also includes an Inside the Psychologist’s Studio interview with Walter Mischel, an Editor’s Panel discussing the challenges and opportunities in publishing integrative science, workshops on cutting-edge methodologies, a pre-conference Teaching Institute with talks from leading experts in the research and application of empirical approaches to teaching psychological science, and other special events.

The Cognitive Neuroscience Society 2017
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.

The Annual Meeting of the Vision Sciences Society
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 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.
Early registration deadline: 1 March 2017

Sixth Implicit Learning Seminar
Budapest, Hungary
25-26 May 2017
The study of implicit and explicit learning plays a central role in the cognitive sciences. The 2017 Implicit Learning Seminar will be a small conference with 20-30 participants who share an interest in the cognitive and neural bases of implicit learning. This is the sixth event in this conference series and the first in Hungary. Abstracts on any topic related to implicit, procedural, or statistical learning are invited.
Abstract submission deadline: 1 March 2017

Dubrovnik Conference on Cognitive Science
Dubrovnik, Croatia
25-28 May 2017
The subject of the IX. Dubrovnik Conference on Cognitive Science is Intuitive Sociologists: Representing Social Relations and Social Categories. Poster submissions from all areas of cognitive science are invited. The keynote speakers include: Gil Diesendruck (Bar-Ilan University), Alan Fiske (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).
Abstract submission deadline: 20 February 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 as well as 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 will promote discussion and debate.
Abstract submission deadline: 17 March 2017

Aegina Summer School 2017 - The Social Brain: embodiment and culture
Aegina, Greece
25 June – 01 July 2017
PhD students, post-doc and early-career researchers are invited to attend the Summer School on “The Social Brain: embodiment and culture “jointly organized by the Institute of Philosophy &  the Warburg Institute at the University of London, Royal Holloway, and the Berlin School of Mind and Brain. At this year’s summer school, we would like to examine how biological and cultural factors interact (or not) to shape social cognition, defined as the capacity to understand and engage in intentional relations with others. The programme will give us a chance to review the latest research on social cognition carried on in different fields, from developmental psychology, cognitive neuroscience, clinical psychology, primatology, anthropology, and philosophy.
Application deadline: 27 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 modelling, 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

Conference of the International Society for the Study of Individual Differences
Warsaw, Poland
24-28 July 2017
The International Society for the Study of Individual Differences was founded to foster research on individual differences in temperament, intelligence, attitudes, and abilities. Submissions for symposia, individual papers, posters, and special symposium for pre-doctoral students are welcomed. The 2017 keynote lectures will be addressed by prof. Dan P. McAdams (Northwestern University, USA), prof. Michael W. Eysenck (Roehampton University, UK), and prof. Markus Quirin (Stanford University, USA).
Abstract submission deadline: 28 February 2017
Early registration deadline: 15 May 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.

 Abstract submission deadline: 1 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.
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).
Abstract submission deadline: 20 March 2017

Cognitive Neuroscience of Executive Functions
28-30 September 2017
Padova, Italy 

This conference will bring together a fecund mixture of senior and junior scientists to report on and discuss various aspects of executive functions, including their anatomo-functional organisation in the human brain, how they are impaired by brain lesions or boosted through stimulation, training, and experience. The conference will feature a round-table debate, thematic symposia, poster sessions (with "Best poster" awards), and various social events. All accepted abstracts will be published in a Proceedings book with DOI.

Abstract submission deadline: 1 March 2017
Early registration deadline: 30 June 2017

Job Offers

Postdoctoral Position in Bilingualism and Cognitive Science
Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland

Applications are invited for a full-time post-doctoral position in the Psychology of Language and Bilingualism Lab at the Institute of Psychology, Jagiellonian University. The position is funded by the Polish National Science Centre grant “Competition or coordination? Impact of short-term and long-term language experience on language regulation and cognitive functions in bilinguals” (PI: Dr. Zofia Wodniecka). The project investigates Polish-English bilinguals both in Poland and in the UK. Some knowledge of Polish will be an asset, but is not essential. Most importantly, we are looking for an innovative postdoctoral candidate with a background in cognitive psychology, psycholinguistics, or linguistics who will play a key role in a project examining how different forms of language experience (including language immersion) influence language processing. Review of applications will begin immediately and continues until 15 March 2017, or until the position is filled. The start date of the appointment is flexible, although mid 2017 is preferable.
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Postdoctoral positions in Cognitive Neuroscience, The Higher School of Economics, School of Psychology in Moscow, Russia
The Higher School of Economics invites applications for postdoctoral research positions in the field of developmental cognitive neuroscience. We use behavioural, neuroimaging, and meta-analyses techniques to study higher-level cognitive processes such as attention and working memory across development. The job involves working under the direct supervision of Dr. Marie Arsalidou. Participants are encouraged to pursue their own research in parallel with working on Neuropsy Lab’s research projects in three broad areas: Higher-level cognition, Cognitive giftedness, and Bilingualism. The Lab functions within the School of Psychology, which offers access to various psychophysiology and neuroimaging techniques (eye-tracker, TMS, EEG, fMRI) and analytical software. General conditions for Post-Doctoral Research positions can be found here. Appointments will be normally made for one year. Application deadline is 15 March 2017.
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Postdoctoral position at The Neuroimaging Methods Group
Higher School of Economics in Moscow, Russia
The focus for this post is on real-time EEG acquisition, analysis and development of novel techniques for neurofeedback and brain-computer interface applications aiming to minimize the feedback signal presentation delay and to improve the performance of non-invasive interfaces by developing advanced signal processing and machine learning algorithms. We expect the familiarity with EEG recording process and sound technical skills along with the interest and ability to conduct his or her own experiments and maintain the hardware. There is also an opportunity to work with invasively recorded multichannel ECoG data and to develop techniques  for recovery of the fine grain movement parameters from this data. The laboratory is a structural part of the HSE’s Centre for Cognition & Decision Making with collaboration opportunities within Russia and internationally. Application deadline: 15 March 2017.
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Research Fellow position at the Basque Center on Cognition Brain and Language San Sebastián, Basque Country, Spain
The Basque Center on Cognition Brain and Language offers research fellow positions in three main broad areas or research: Language, reading and developmental disorders; Multilingualism and second language learning; and Neurodegeneration, brain damage and healthy aging. We are looking for cognitive neuroscientists or experimental psychologists with a background in psycholinguistics and/or neighboring cognitive neuroscience areas, computational modelers, and physicists and/or engineers with fMRI/MEG expertise. These five year Fellowships are for promising young researchers; they are intended to offer a track towards a PI role and independent research. The selected Fellows should be able to acquire the necessary skills for a research leader role. Ikerbasque is committed to offering a long-term career to the research community. Applicants must have a PhD completed between the 1st of January 2016 and the 31st of December 2014. Applications from women are especially welcomed. The eligibility period will be extended under special circumstances such as maternity. Application deadline is 30 March 2017.
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Postdoctoral and PhD positions at the Brain, Attention, and Time Lab
Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel

Full-time post doc and PhD positions are available in the Brain Attention and Time Lab of Dr. Ayelet N. Landau at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The initial appointment will be for one year with the option to renew annually up to 4 years. Preferred starting date: January 2016. We are seeking a highly qualified post doc with a doctorate in a relevant field (e.g., Psychology, Neuroscience, and Cognitive Science) and shared interests in the core research areas described above. The researcher should ideally have extensive experience with EEG/MEG methodology and neural oscillations measurement. Experience with other techniques such as fMRI, computational modelling, etc. is also welcome but not required. In addition, we are looking for strong candidates for a funded PhD studentship. Applications will be considered until the positions are filled.
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Two Fellow Junior positions in an ERC project “Intentional Stance for Social Attunement (InStance)”, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Italy
The successful candidates will be involved in designing and conducting experiments with protocols based on an interaction between a human and the humanoid robot, iCub. The candidate will work designing the experiments, collecting behavioural data (performance measures such as reaction times or error rates, eye tracking data), and EEG data from adult human participants. The tasks of the successful candidate will also involve data analysis (behavioural and EEG) and preparation of data for publication in peer-reviewed international journals. Project InStance (funded from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme - Grant Agreement No 715058) is led by Agnieszka Wykowska and focuses on mechanisms of social cognition. It aims at understanding whether and when humans attribute mental states to artificial agents, such as humanoid robots, and how this influences attunement in social interactions. Application deadline is 26 February 2017.
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PhD position in Data Analysis for Brain Magnetic Resonance Imaging in a collaborative project between the Basque Center of Applied Mathematics and the Basque Center on Brain Cognition and Language in Spain.  
Applications are invited for a 4-year full-time multidisciplinary PhD Studentship in a collaborative project between the BCAM and  the BCBL. The focus will be on refinement and development of multivariate pattern analysis techniques and machine learning classification approaches to study human brain function using fMRI data from different cognitive tasks involving multi-class semantic categorization and learning of statistical regularities and the associated  time courses. Applicants should have an honours and a Master’s Degree in Mathematics, Computer Science, Engineering, or another relevant area, and have a strong interest in brain and cognitive sciences. Strong computational skills (preferably R and Python) are fundamental. Experience with functional MRI is not a requirement, but the candidate should demonstrate the willingness to learn it. Application deadline: 30 May 2017.
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PhD positions in The School of Psychology, University of Padova, Italy
The School of Psychology offers PhD positions, each supported by a fellowship. Additionally, through funding from the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Padova e Rovigo, research fellowships are offered for foreign students. The PhD program in Psychological Sciences is centred on providing research and applied skills across different areas of psychology, including clinical and experimental psychology, human life-span development, neuropsychology and cognitive psychology, cognition, social, cultural and group psychology, behavioural neuroscience, neuroimaging and computational neuroscience, evolution of mind and cognitive functions, language and psycholinguistics, consumer choice, behavioural economics, and marketing.
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PhD positions at Cardiff University, UK
Cardiff University is currently advertising four fully funded PhD studentships: three in vision science/neuroimaging and one in social neuroscience. The studentships are open to UK and EU nationals. Application deadline is 28 February 2017. To find out more information, click on the chosen position: Information processing in the social brainVisual processing in the human brainGeneral principles of perceptual processing across the senses, and Perceptual consequences of visual object formation.

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Psychonomic Society Early Career Award: Call for Nominations
The Psychonomic Society Awards Committee invites nominations for the 2017 Early Career Award, recognizing the significant scientific contributions of Members and Fellows early in their research career. As many as four annual awards are given, each with a $2,500 prize and airfare to the 58th Annual Meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, 9-12 November, where recipients will be recognized during the opening session. The awardee whose research is most relevant to the areas of perception and attention will receive the Steven Yantis Early Career Award. Recipients will be notified by 15 May. Nomination deadline is 15 March 2017.
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The David Wechsler Early Career Grant for Innovative Work in Cognition
The David Wechsler Early Career Grant supports early career psychologists pursuing innovative work in neuropsychology, intelligence and/or the assessment aspects of cognition (up to $25,000). Those who work on positive applied neuropsychology are encouraged to apply. Application deadline is 15 June 2017.
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