Forthcoming EPS Research Workshops
For information about conferences organised by EPS, see Meetings.
Invitation to attend an EPS-supported workshop: "Cognitive Ageing - Current approaches and future directions".
Despite the growing ageing population, within the UK the field of Cognitive Ageing research remains small. The aim of this workshop is to bring together postgraduate students interested in ageing and established researchers, to foster growth within the field and provide opportunities for collaboration and learning new skills. This will occur within the framework of the evolution of Cognitive Ageing research whereby it requires integration of knowledge and methods from many disciplines, including experimental psychology, neuroimaging and epidemiology.This workshop will bring together researchers with different expertise to explore the latest research and methods relevant to Cognitive Ageing. The meeting will include keynote addresses and professional development sessions for junior researchers.
The workshop is residential and will take place 3-5 March 2014 at Holland House (Pershore). The fee covering all accommodation and meals is £158 for faculty; fees will be waived for all junior researchers (postdocs, postgraduates and PhD students). Junior researchers are encouraged to present their research. We will consider any research related to Cognitive Aging and are especially keen to encourage applications from students new to the field.
For more details and to register your interest please contact Rebecca Charlton (
). The deadline for applications is Friday 1 November 2013.
Other Conference and Workshop Announcements
International Workshop on Learning and Memory Consolidation (July 10-12th, 2014, San Sebastian)
As part of its wider scientific and knowledge-transfer activities, the Basque Center on Cognition, Brain and Language is delighted to announce a workshop dedicated to the mechanisms of learning and memory consolidation.
Our aim is to provide a multidisciplinary platform to discuss the processes of memory formation, with a strong emphasis on the offline neural changes leading to memory stabilization and enhancement. Our hope is to bring together researchers working on these issues at various levels of analysis, i.e., cellular, systemic and behavioural, and with data coming from humans as well as other species.
The International Workshop on Learning and Memory Consolidation is to take place from Thursday the 10th to the Saturday 12th of July 2014, at the Palacio Miramar in Donostia-San Sebastian, Spain.
Invited speakers include:
Prof. Jan Born - Universität Tübingen, Germany
Prof. Michael Hasselmo - Boston University, Massachusetts, USA
Prof. Daniel Margoliash - University of Chicago, Illinois, USA
Prof. Matthew Wilson - Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Massachusetts, USA
Prof. John Wixted - University of California, San Diego, USA
Abstract deadline (March 2nd, 2014)
Notification of abstract acceptance (March 17th, 2014)
Early registration deadline (April 9th, 2014)
Online registration deadline (June 22nd, 2014)
Conference dates (July 10-12th, 2014)
For more information, please visit our website:
We look forward to seeing you in July!
Nicolas Dumay and Doug Davidson, as organizers
International Convention of Psychological Science (ICPS)
The inaugural International Convention of Psychological Science (ICPS) will be held in the heart of Amsterdam on 12-14 March 2015. ICPS will feature integrative science symposia skill-building workshops, and an international scope. A forthcoming Call-for-Presentations will announce the many opportunities for you to take part in ICPS symposium sessions and scientific poster presentations. For more information visit www.icps-2015.org.
Call for papers: QJEP Special Issue on megastudies, crowdsourcing and big datasets in psycholinguistics
Edited by Emmanuel Keuleers (Ghent University) and Dave Balota (Washington University, St. Louis)
We invite papers for a special issue of the Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology on recent advances in megastudies and crowdsourcing methods and on the use of large non-experimental data sources. The issue will address both the collection of data and the use of these data to answer important theoretical questions. Further information can be found here: http://crr.ugent.be/archives/1322
Comments and Book Reviews
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).
EPS makes no representations or warranties in relation to Members' announcements
New in Paperback!
The Oxford Handbook of Eye Movements
Edited by Simon Liversedge, Iain Gilchrist, and Stefan Everling
1,048 pages | 246x171mm
978-0-19-968343-7 | Paperback | 09 May 2013
The Oxford Handbook of Eye Movements provides the first comprehensive review of the entire field of eye movement research. In over fifty chapters, it reviews the developments that have so far taken place, the areas actively being researched, and looks at how the field is likely to develop in the coming years. The first section considers historical and background material, before moving onto section 2 on the neural basis of eye movements. The third and fourth sections looks at visual cognition and eye movements and eye movement pathology and development. The final sections consider eye movements and reading and language processing and eye movements.
Bringing together cutting edge research from and international team of leading psychologists, neuroscientists, and vision researchers, this book is the definitive reference work in this field.
Read more at:
The Reproducibility Project
The Reproducibility Project is happy to announce small grants for replication studies! We invite researchers to join our large-scale collaboration to estimate the reproducibility of psychological science (please find the Researcher Guide for the Reproducibility Project here).
Grants will range from $100 - $2000 and will be awarded to fund proposals that meet criteria for rigor, feasibility, and allowable use of funds. The application process is quick and involves little more than preparing the replication design and explaining costs.
The grant application is available here. All submissions are reviewed on a rolling basis and decided within 10 weeks and possibly much faster. Guidelines for preparing the proposal can be found here.
If you have questions about the grant process or other Reproducibility Project activities, please contact Johanna Cohoon. For help finding a study to replicate, check out the list of available studies or contact Michael Cohn.
Before starting your proposal please contact Johanna Cohoon, so she can reserve the replication study for you and grant you edit access.
The Reproducibility Project is a volunteer collaboration organized and funded by the Center for Open Science and supported by grant from the Arnold Foundation.
Report on Royal Society meeting with EPS workshop support for early-career scientists -http://deevybee.blogspot.co.uk/2013/06/discussion-meeting-vs-conference-in.html
Members may be interested to join CDBU
The Council for the Defence of British Universities was launched last November (http://cdbu.org.uk/) with the following aims:
• To defend and enhance the character of British universities as places where students can develop their capacities to the full, where research and scholarship are pursued at the highest level, and where intellectual activity can be freely conducted without regard to its immediate economic benefit
• To urge that university education, both undergraduate and graduate, be accessible to all students who can benefit from it
• To maintain the principle that teaching and research are indispensable activities for a university and that one is not pursued at the expense of the other.
28th International Congress of Applied Psychology
The 28th International Congress of Applied Psychology will be held at The Palais des Congrès de Paris – France, from 8 to 13 July 2014.Main information:
Venue : Palais des congrès de Paris - France
Dates : July 8 to 13, 2014
Number of attendees : 5000
Website : www.icap2014.com
No cuts on research
The discussions at and around the next summit of the European Union heads of states and governments, which is scheduled for 22 and 23 November, will be decisive in determining the EU research budget for the next seven years. Several Member States are demanding severe cuts on the total EU budget and research will have to compete with other policy priorities.
This is a time when we, the scientific community, should act together and make our case to protect research funding, including that of the European Research Council (ERC), from cuts. Decisions will be prepared in discussions among politicians at the national level. All of us must look for opportunities to affect these decisions and send a strong signal to the Heads of State or Government.
An open letter signed by European Nobel laureates has been published in top European newspapers this week. The impact of this letter will be increased if it is followed by a mobilization of the national scientific communities.
I suggest we support these initiatives, for example, in the following ways:
• speak at events we may be attending to make the case for the ERC and the budget for Horizon2020 • use contacts that we or our colleagues may have in political parties or in the media to inform and mobilise our communities and others • ask the leaders of any professional society to which we belong to bring this call to action to the attention of the society’s members.
An online petition has been launched to keep the momentum going:
I would like to ask you to sign it and to encourage your research group members and colleagues to do likewise. Note that in the past less than 30 000 scientists signed the largest petition for a scientific cause in Europe compared to the hundreds of thousands of signatures on petitions from other groups of society. We must do better than that.
Please contact Wolfgang Eppenschwandtner, Executive Coordinator of the ISE (
), if you have any questions or suggestions. We would be interested to hear about any actions you take, and in particular, any reactions you hear from politicians and policy makers.