Forthcoming EPS Research Workshops
Event representations in episodic and semantic memory http://eventcognition.org/event_memory_workshop/. To be held at University of York, 9 - 10 January 2017 - organiser Dr Silvia Gennari
Modularity in time perception and timed behaviour. To be held at Liverpool John Moores University, 17 January 2017 - organisers Dr Ruth Ogden and Dr Alexis Makin
Multi-disciplinary approaches to understanding social communication development and disorder. To be held at University College London, 13 - 14 February 2017 - organiser Professor Courtenay Norbury
For information about conferences organised by EPS, see Meetings.
The Psychology of Associative Learning
Ian McLaren - University of Exeter
Mark Haselgrove - University of Nottingham
Associative learning in humans and other animals is a topic of general interest to the readership of the Quarterly Journal. The aim of this special issue will be to bring that interest to a sharp focus by concentrating on those areas of associative learning that were of particular interest to Prof N J Mackintosh, who was editor of the Quarterly Journal from 1977 to 1985 (a span equalled only by Oliver Zangwill), the 22nd Bartlett Lecturer and who passed away in February this year. His work was notable for being ahead of its time in many ways, and for setting the agenda for a great deal of the current research into associative learning. His research into perceptual learning and representation development, the effect of associative history on attention and learning, the mechanisms underlying inhibition, and the processes underlying more complex forms of discrimination learning and problem solving continues to inspire psychologists around the world, and his emphasis on translating the basic associative theory developed in working with animals into experiments on and models of human behaviour remains relevant now.
The special issue solicits contributions from leading researchers in the field of associative learning. It will cover the areas set out above, and aims to be a mix of empirical and theoretical papers. It is anticipated that topics will include, but are not limited to: Automatic imitation of grasping, learned taste-aversions, learned attentional capture, discrimination learning and peak shift, conditioned inhibition, spatial navigation, instrumental conditioning, and acquired changes in cue or outcome processing.
Authors are requested to provide titles and abstracts by Easter 2016. Full manuscript submission is scheduled for October 2016. We anticipate publication in Easter 2017.
Comments and Book Reviews
Listed below are the books that are currently available for review in the Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology. Expressions of interest regarding reviewing should be directed to Philip Quinlan (email:
Barker Bausell, R. (2015). The design and conduct of meaningful experiments involving human participants. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press
Damon, W., & Colby, A. (2015). The power of ideals. The real story of moral choice. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press
Haukioja, J. (Ed). (2015). Advances in experimental philosophy of language. London, UK: Bloomsbury Academic
Hess-Biber, S. N., & Johnson, R. B. (Eds). (2015). The Oxford handbook of multimethod and mixed methods research inquiry. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press
Jensen, L. A. (Ed). (2015). The Oxford handbook of human development and culture. An interdisciplinary perspective. Oxford UK: Oxford University Press
Overgaard, M. (Ed). (2015). Behavioral methods in consciousness research. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press
Wagemans, J. (Ed). (2015). The Oxford handbook of perceptual organization. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press
Whitney, S. N. (2016). Balanced ethics review. A guide for institutional review board members. Heidelberg, Switzerland: Springer
Willis, G. B. (2015). Analysis of the cognitive interview in questionnaire design. Oxford UK: Oxford University Press
Update to policy
QJEP has made two changes to the existing policies. First, comments will be allowed to alleviate the problem that readers have few options to raise their concerns (or support) about an article published in QJEP. Comments are short (1000 words at most), deal with articles published in QJEP or with general issues faced by psychological researchers, and will be published at the end of an issue. Normally they will not go to reviewers but be decided upon at the Editorial level. Given our experiences at the Meetings of the Experimental Psychology Society, it is our conviction that such commentaries can become a vital and very informative part of the journal.
We also discovered that many readers miss the Book Reviews section, which had to be dropped a few years ago because the publication lag was becoming too long. Now that the journal has many more pages (and could further extend if needed), there is an opportunity to revitalise that part. Philip Quinlan kindly accepted to be the new Book Review Editor of the journal and readers are invited to send him suggestion of must-be-reviewed books. More importantly, readers who want to help making this section a success, are invited to send in their names as possible reviewers (please also include your subjects of expertise/interest).
The EPS makes no representations or warranties in relation to Members' announcements.
BNS meeting in memory of Glyn Humphreys
The Autumn British Neuropsychology Society meeting will be dedicated to the memory of Glyn Humphreys (1954 - 2016). Alongside a list of EPS activities, he was BNS President from 2012 -2014. They are organising two days of talks in celebration of his contribution to neuropsychology.
More information at: http://www.the-bns.org/meetings.html
Society for Improving Psychological Science (SIPS)
If you want to join the mailing list for the Society for Improving Psychological Science (SIPS) , following their inaugural meeting at the Center for Open Science earlier this month, you can follow this link: http://goo.gl/forms/LTYa3fI0Xjctdh2S2 by copying and pasting into your browser.
Readers interested in cognitive modelling might be interested in the following notes with news about ICCM16 / upcoming conferences, announcements and jobs: http://acs.ist.psu.edu/iccm2016/iccm-mailing-oct2015.html
Online Resource for Speakers
A new outreach/public engagement initiative that can be accessed by, and for, psychologists. www.speakezee.org The resource allows researchers to identify their areas of expertise and background.
Upcoming scientific meeting
Hosted by the Royal Society, London 'The origins of numerical abilities' to explore the cognitive foundations of numerical abilities in humans and other animals. Organised by Professor Brian Butterworth FBA, Professor Charles Gallistel and Professor Giorgio Vallortigara, to be held 20 - 21 February 2017. Free registration. Please see website for more details: https:/royalsociety.org/science-events-and-lectures/2017/02/numerical-abilities/.
New text from Royal Society Publishing - Language as a multimodal phenomenon: implications for language learning, processing and evolution
Royal Society Publishing has just published Language as a multimodal phenomenon: implications for language learning, processing and evolution, compiled and edited by Gabriella Vigliocco, Pamela Perniss, Robin L. Thompson and David Vinson. This content can be accessed at http://bit.ly/PTB1651 A print version is also available at the special price of £35.00. You can order online via the above web page (enter special code TB 1651 when prompted) or, alternatively, you can contact
New text from Royal Society Publishing - Language in developmental and acquired disorders
Royal Society Publishing has just published Language in developmental and acquired disorders, organized and edited by Dorothy VM Bishop, Kate Nation and Karalyn Patterson. The contents can be accessed at: http://bit.ly/1eVtxla A print version is also available at the special price of £35.00. You can order online via the above web page (enter special code TB 1634 when prompted) or, alternatively, you can contact