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    February 25, 2015 News from the field
    DARPA just issued a Broad Agency Announcement for a new funding opportunity: Communication with Computers. Abstracts are due March 6, 2015 (noon ET) and Full proposals are due April 9, 2015 (noon ET). Details may be found at http://www.darpa.mil/Our_Work/I2O/Programs/Communicating_with_Computers_%28CWC%29.aspx
    February 25, 2015 News from the field
    FINAL CALL: Interdisciplinary Advances in Statistical Learning San Sebastian, Spain
    February 20, 2015 Membership
    Victor Ferreira, University of California, San Diego
    Keith Rayner, the world’s leading figure in the study of skilled reading using eye-movement methodologies, died on January, 21, 2015 from complications due to cancer. Keith began his career at the University of Rochester, before serving a long tenure at the University of Massachusetts and concluding as Distinguished Professor at the University of California, San Diego. He won many awards for his contributions to research and mentorship, including from societies in the USA, UK, and China. He served on the Governing Board of the Psychonomic Society from 1995-2001, serving the last year as its chair. He published more than 400 articles, 1 book, and 10 edited volumes. A full obituary can be found at http://www.psychology.ucsd.edu/people/profiles/krayner-in-memoriam.html, and memories of Keith can be left at http://www.forevermissed.com/keith-rayner/.
    February 19, 2015 News from the field
    The Graduate Center of the City University of New York, with the generous support of the National Science Foundation, is pleased to announce a two-day workshop on bilingualism and executive function. The workshop's 5 panels will feature two invited speakers and a discussant. The participants' areas include cognitive psychology, linguistics, aging, and neuropsychology, bringing an interdisciplinary perspective to the question of how bilingualism is related to executive function.
    February 12, 2015 Membership
    Robert A. Bjork, University of California, Los Angeles
    Thomas K. Landauer, one of the most creative and innovative cognitive scientists of his generation, died on March 26, 2014, at age 81. After a PhD at Harvard, Tom held faculty positions at Dartmouth, Stanford, and Princeton before spending 25 years at Bell Laboratories and Bellcore, where he created one of the first research programs in human-computer interaction. After returning to the University of Colorado, his undergraduate alma mater, Tom carried out his seminal work on Latent Semantic Analysis and founded Knowledge Analysis Technologies, reflecting his desire to turn research into real-world products. For more on Tom’s life and how his wit, wisdom, and insights inspired so many of us, see http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/dailycamera/obituary.aspx?pid=170505204, written by his wife, Lynn, and http://www.colorado.edu/ics/2014/04/21/memoriam-thomas-k-landauer-1932-2014. (Robert A. Bjork, University of California, Los Angeles, February 11, 2015.)
    February 10, 2015 Membership
    Lynne Reder, Carnegie Mellon University
    Professor Nicholas Mackintosh, FRS, former Head of the Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Cambridge, died 8th February, 2015, in Bury St Edmunds. http://www.psychol.cam.ac.uk/news/professor-nicholas-mackintosh
    February 09, 2015 Advocacy
    Paula Skedsvold
    The President sent his Fiscal Year 2016 budget request to Congress early last week. With one important exception, it was a positive sign for research. This is only the starting point, however. Congress will now decide how much to spend and where to place the priorities, keeping in mind that they will ultimately need the President’s signature on any spending bills.
    February 05, 2015 Membership
    Lynne Reder, Carnegie Mellon University
    With the advent of the Psychonomic Society’s new website, the Governing Board has decided to make a place to convey the important, but somber news of the death of members of our society and others who were intellectually close to our members. Our intention is to publish a short obituary here of no more than 125 words that includes a link to a longer obituary that appears elsewhere. We will only publish one obituary for each scientist. If you know of the recent passing of a member, please email Lynne Reder at Reder@cmu.edu with that information.
    February 05, 2015 Membership
    Gordon Bower, Stanford University
    Richard F. Thompson, the Keck chair emeritus at USC and a pioneer of behavioral neuroscience, died at home of natural causes September 16, 2014. Thompson played a leading role in the ascendance of studies of learning and memory in modern neuroscience. Educated at Reed College then earning a University of Wisconsin PhD, Thompson’s textbook, Foundations of Physiological Psychology (1967), shaped the burgeoning field. A founder of the Psychonomic Society, Thompson taught at University of California, Ivine, Harvard University, and Stanford University before USC. He was best known for his research tracing out brain circuits underlying behavioral habituation and classical conditioning. Thompson published more than 450 articles and mentored 60 PhD and post-doctoral students. Information about Thompson’s life is at https://news.usc.edu/68781/in-memoriam-richard-thompson-84 plus his autobiography in Squire, L.R. (Ed.) The history of neuroscience in autobiography, Vol. 4 (2004). (Prepared by Gordon Bower)
    February 05, 2015 Membership
    David Gorfein and Ruth Maki
    Harriett Amster, Professor of Psychology, at the University of Texas, Arlington, from 1977 to her retirement in 2006 passed away on October 21st, 2014. Dr. Amster, received her Ph.D. from Clark University, in 1960, and pursued a career involving human learning and memory, which evolved into research focusing on verbal meaning and lexical ambiguity processing. As a member of the Psychonomic Society she presented her first paper at the 1964 annual meeting. Papers bearing her name were quite regularly presented at the annual meeting with the last presented in 2009. In addition to her interest in language processing she also served the journal, Psychology of Women Quarterly from 1973-1976, and as a consulting editor from 1977 to 1983. David Gorfein and Ruth Maki
    February 05, 2015 Membership
    David A. Rosenbaum, Pennsylvania State University
    Jonathan Vaughan, a member of the Psychonomic Society Publication Committee from 2004-2010, designer of the Society’s logo and website, died on September 14, 2014 of cancer-related pneumonia. Jon taught legions of students in his long tenure at Hamilton College. Included among his protégé’s was Cathleen Moore, the incoming Chair of the Society’s Governing Board. From 1999-2004 he served as Editor of what was then called Behavior Research Methods, Instruments, and Computers. Jon made significant contributions to the study of human perception and performance. He co-authored a 2014 book, MATLAB For Behavioral Scientists. For more information about Jon’s life, including a video tribute to him, see http://www.hamilton.edu/news/story/hamilton-mourns-the-death-of-professor-jonathan-vaughan. (Obituary by David A. Rosenbaum, Pennsylvania State University, December 22, 2014).
    February 05, 2015 Membership
    Stephen Link (McMaster University, University of California San Diego)
    Patrick Colonel Suppes, age 92, died on Thursday November 17, 2014 of natural causes in his home at Stanford, California. Pat graduated from the University of Chicago during the darkest days of WWII. Following two years of military service in the South Pacific he began graduate training at Columbia University with Ernest Nagel in 1947. His 1950 PhD thesis “The problem of action at a distance” presaged a future of stunning theoretical achievements. Sixty-four years at Stanford as a professor of Philosophy, Statistics, Education and Psychology provided ample opportunity for collaborations leading to the publication of 32 books and hundreds of technical reports and articles. His deep knowledge of the foundations for mathematical and set-theoretical thinking generated excellent advances in the foundations of physics and quantum mechanics, decision theory, foundations of probability and causality, foundations of psychology, philosophy of language, education and computers, and philosophy of science. As early as 1967 his practical application of these ideas created computer assisted instruction and introduced computers in grade schools as teaching aids. As a founder and Director of The Institute for Mathematical Studies in the Social Sciences Suppes brought to Stanford outstanding scientists and graduate students who complemented his mathematical analyses of difficult issues. His awards and honors, his rank of Captain during WWII, his award of the National Medal of Science in 1990, and his generous financial contributions to Stanford University distinguish him as a man of rare talents used to clarity and formalize of the foundations of many disciplines. We can remember him as an excellent teacher, a delightfully enthusiastic professor, and a man of rare genius whose talents improved the lives of the people around him, as well as the lives of many who will follow. http://news.stanford.edu/news/2014/november/patrick-suppes-obit-112514.html http://www.nytimes.com/2014/1
    January 09, 2015 News from the field
    Edited by Robert H Logie and Robin G. Morris
    The rapid growth in the numbers of older people worldwide has led to an equally rapid growth in research on the changes across age in cognitive function, including the processes of moment to moment cognition known as working memory. This book brings together international research leaders who address major questions about how age affects working memory: Why is working memory function much better preserved in some people than others? In all healthy adults, which aspects of working memory are retained in later years and which aspects start declining in early adulthood? Can cognitive training help slow cognitive decline with age? How are changes in brain structures, connectivity and activation patterns related to important changes in working memory function. Impairments of cognition, and particularly of working memory can be major barriers to independent living. The chapters of this book dispel some popular myths about cognitive ageing, while presenting the state of the science on how and why working memory functions as it does throughout the adult lifespan.
    January 06, 2015 Advocacy
    Paula Skedsvold, JD PhD
    FABBS Advocacy Update
    January 03, 2015 News from the field
    Jory Mackay
    Working memory is like your brain's scratch pad, managing information as you go about your day. But our routine deluge of information can make us feel scatterbrained, like our working memory has too much to deal with. Here's how to tune-up your working memory and stay focused This post originally appeared on the Crew blog.
    January 03, 2015 News from the field
    The sudden appearance of a face within our visual field can affect the motor action accompanying a gesture even if the face is totally unrelated to what we are doing and even if we try to ignore it. At one condition, though: the face must display an emotionally significant expression. A study conducted by scientists of the International School for Advanced Studies in Trieste, and just published in Psychonomic Bullettin & Review, describes the phenomenon in detail.
    D. Stephen Lindsay
    January 03, 2015 News from the field
    Edited by D. Stephen Lindsay, Colleen M. Kelley, Andrew P. Yonelinas, Henry L. Roediger, III
    December 18, 2014 News from the field
    Paula Skedsvold
    The Institute for Defense Analyses - Science and Technology Policy Institute (IDA-STPI) Science Policy Fellowship is recruiting a new class of Fellows for 2015-2017. The Science Policy Fellows program is for recent bachelor’s and master’s degree recipients with backgrounds in engineering, life sciences, physical sciences, social and behavioral sciences, computer science, mathematical sciences or statistics, and learning sciences. IDA-STPI, located in Washington, D.C., provides high-quality, objective, analytical support to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) in the Executive Office of the President and other Federal Government organizations. This two-year program provides a unique opportunity for recent graduates to gain science and technology policy experience. Policy research will focus on areas such as energy and the environment, space sciences, innovation and competitiveness, evaluation, life sciences, information technologies, national security, and STEM education
    December 15, 2014 News from the field
    Stephen Lindsay
    The Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition XIl's conference will be held 24-27 June 2015 in Victoria, B.C., Canada. The deadline for submissions is 9. Visit the website for at www.sarmac.org/upcoming-conferences for more information.
    December 15, 2014 Advocacy
    Paula Skedsvold
    Update on Funding for the US for FY 2015 Now Complete, On to FY 2016.
    Oxford University Press
    December 13, 2014 News from the field
    Oxford University Press
    OUP announces the release of “Flicker: Your Brain on Movies,” by Psychonomics member Jeffrey M. Zacks. Flicker draws on the latest research in psychology and neuroscience to explain the experience of watching a film. Fusing insights from the research literature and examples from Hollywood classics, Flicker gives us an engaging, fast-paced look at what happens in your head when you watch a movie. More information at flickerthebook.com.
    Carnegie Mellon University
    November 18, 2014 News from the field
    Chase Memorial Award
    November 18, 2014 News from the field
    Announcing the New AAAS CEO and Science Executive Publisher
    Linda Henkel, Ph.D.
    October 06, 2014 News from the field
    Linda Henkel, Ph.D.
    National Science Foundation
    October 01, 2014 News from the field
    Anne Cleary & Betty Tuller
    Integrative Strategies for Understanding Neural and Cognitive Systems (NSF-NCS) National Science Foundation
    September 25, 2014 News from the field
    The APS Teaching Fund invites applications for small (up to $5,000), non-renewable grants to launch new projects.
    September 19, 2014 News from the field
    Betty Tuller
    There are several new opportunities at NSF of interest to our communities. Feel free to forward this! 1. Dear Colleague Letter: International Collaboration Opportunities related to the NSF Investments in Understanding the Brain: http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf14082 2. I/UCRCS in Areas Relevant to the Forensic Sciences. http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf14066 and Forensic Science: Opportunity for Breakthroughs in Fundamental and Basic Research and Education.http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf13120 Note that many areas are relevant to forensics (e.g. Vision sciences; perceptual expertise, etc.) but not many of our investigators have made the connection. 3. Stimulating Research Related to the Science of Broadening Participation. http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf14038 4. Stimulating Integrative Research in Computational Cognition. http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2014/nsf14019/nsf14019.jsp 5. Interdisciplinary Behavioral and Social Sciences (IBSS) Competition. http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=504832 And last, but certainly not least: 6. Integrated NSF Support Promoting Interdisciplinary Research and Education (INSPIRE) http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf14106 Keep checking nsf.gov for more announcements relevant to our communities.
    US Dept of Education
    September 10, 2014 News from the field
    For those scientists whose research is funded by the Institute for Education Sciences, the IES's National Center for Education Research and National Center for Special Education Research is requesting feedback on their respective research agendas. The effort will inform grant competitions, and is not focused on overall IES priorities. The deadline for submissions is Oct. 31, 2014.
    The Atlantic City Lab
    September 09, 2014 News from the field
    new post
    Association for Psychological Science
    September 08, 2014 News from the field
    Bethany Teachman, Associate Editor Michael Norton, Guest Editor Barbara Spellman, Editor Perspectives on Psychological Science
    The Conversation
    September 04, 2014 Advocacy
    Steven Most
    This is an opinion/analysis piece I wrote in response to a town's recent decision to paint ads on road surfaces. The piece urges caution, based on findings from visual attention research.
    Science Daily
    August 24, 2014 News from the field
    from science daily
    Sydney Morning Herald
    August 08, 2014 News from the field
    new item
    Medwire News
    August 07, 2014 News from the field
    Motivation and cognitive performance are closely linked in patients with schizophrenia
    New York Times
    August 04, 2014 News from the field
    The intriguing persistence of myths about the brain
    Slate Magazine
    August 02, 2014 News from the field
    The Replication Controversy
    New York Times
    July 21, 2014 News from the field
    New York Times
    July 21, 2014 News from the field
    New York Times
    July 19, 2014 News from the field
    How Tests Make Us Smarter New York Times
    The science of us (New York Magazine)
    July 18, 2014 News from the field
    Melissa Dahl
    The article features work by Psychonomics member Dr. Jyotsna Vaid (Texas A&M University), on the role of repetition in joke structure and humor perception.
    The Daily Beast
    July 14, 2014 News from the field
    Repetition Doesn’t Work: Better Ways to Train Your Memory
    New York Times
    July 13, 2014 News from the field
    Gary Marcus
    Stephan Lewandowsky
    July 07, 2014 News from the field
    July 07, 2014 News from the field
    July 02, 2014 News from the field
    July 02, 2014 News from the field
    Fellowship Opportunity on U.S. Social and Behavioral Sciences Team! The U.S. Social and Behavioral Science Team (SBST) is currently seeking exceptionally qualified individuals to serve as Fellows.
    July 02, 2014 News from the field
    Cornell ethics board did not pre-approve Facebook mood manipulation study
    June 20, 2014 News from the field
    Nadine Lymn, NSF, (703) 292-2490, nlymn@nsf.gov
    Nominations for Vannevar Bush and Public Service Awards due Oct. 1
    June 13, 2014 Advocacy
    June 04, 2014
    Christine Cameron, PhD, FABBS
    On May 29, 2014 the National Science Foundation issued an Important Notice to Presidents of Universities and Colleges and Heads of Other National Science Foundation Awardee Organizations. An NSF notice in December announced a focus on transparency and accountability (IN-135), one piece of which is "improving public understanding of our funding decisions through our award Abstracts and Titles." In this vein, the current announcement clarifies the NSF policy on award Abstracts and Titles.
    June 04, 2014 Advocacy
    Paula Skedsvold, FABBS
    Social and Behavioral Sciences Survive Cut in House Spending Bill, But Cut 42% in NSF Reauthorization Plan
    May 07, 2014 News from the field
    Richard Nakamura
    NIH/CSR Sponsors Two Challenge.gov Competitions
    May 01, 2014
    Psychonomic Society Staff
    Marcia K. Johnson, Yale University, is elected to the 2014 class of the National Academy of Sciences.
    March 17, 2014 News from the field
    Prof. Johan Wagemans
    Summer school: “Perceptual organization: Interdisciplinary approaches and research skills”
    Federation of Associations in Behavioral & Brain Sciences
    March 10, 2014 Advocacy
    Paula Skedsvold
    Cuts to Behavioral and Social Science Funding Threatened.
    February 24, 2014 News from the field
    Trafton Drew, Melissa Võ, and Jeremy Wolfe
    National Academy of Sciences
    February 23, 2014 News from the field
    Psychonomic Society Staff
    Psychonomic Society Fellows McClelland and Spelke receive prestigious NAS award.
    February 13, 2014 Annual Meeting
    Psychonomic Society Staff
    APA Div. 3 (Experimental) partnered with the Psychonomic Society to honor an early career scientist for her exceptional work. Julie Hughes of Rice University won the APA Div. 3 Award for Best 2013 Psychonomic Society Poster for her work on facilitation and interference in naming. The winner accepted her award during the annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society, held Nov. 14–16, 2013 in Toronto. For information on next year's awards, contact Edelyn Verona at APA.
    February 13, 2014 Membership
    Neil W. Mulligan, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, USA
    Guest Editors:
    Robert H. Logie, University of Edinburgh, UK
    Nelson Cowan, University of Missouri at Columbia, USA and University of Edinburgh, UK
    Special Issue on Working Memory - Memory and Cognition
    Federation of Associations in Behavioral & Brain Sciences
    January 22, 2014 Advocacy
    This month's news includes an update on the current budget situation in Washington as it relates to our sciences, an announcment of the new batch of Early Career Impact Award Winners, and much more.
    January 21, 2014 Membership, News from the field
    F. Richard Ferraro (Univ. North Dakota) has been named Editor-in-Chief of Current Psychology, published by Springer (https://www.editorialmanager.com/cups) and is looking for potential ad-hoc reviewers. He can be reached at 701-777-2414 or f.richard.ferraro@email.und.edu if interested.
    January 17, 2014 News from the field
    Anne Trafton, MIT News Office
    A team of neuroscientists from MIT has found that the human brain can process entire images that the eye sees for as little as 13 milliseconds — the first evidence of such rapid processing speed. That speed is far faster than the 100 milliseconds suggested by previous studies. The new study appears in the journal Attention, Perception, and Psychophysics.
    AP&P news release from Springer
    January 16, 2014
    o, P.C. et al. (2013). Understanding age-related reductions in visual working memory capacity: examining the stages of change detection, Attention, Perception & Psychophysics. DOI 10.3758/s13414-013-0585-z
    This is a press release describing a new article in AP&P
    The New York Times
    January 09, 2014
    James Gorman
    Deanna Barch and her colleagues are trying to map connections in the human brain. The study is part of The Human Connectome Project.
    December 29, 2013
    Ed and Carol Diener
    The Diener Education Fund through its Nobaproject.com website has funded a new student award competition. The program will present $10,000 in awards to the best student-produced educational You-Tube presentations.
    National Science Foundation
    December 23, 2013
    The National Science Foundation (NSF) is interested in receiving proposals to existing programs that explore computational models of human cognition, perception and communication and that integrate considerations and finding across disciplines.
    Federation of Associations in Behavioral & Brain Sciences
    December 17, 2013
    FABBS recently held its annual meeting and would like to share the highlights with you as a member of the Psychonomic Society.
    December 11, 2013
    Applications are sought for graduate and postdoctoral fellowships offered by the Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience (ACN) Training Network.
    December 11, 2013 Advocacy
    Act now to urge your federal elected officials to support a bipartisan, balanced approach to deficit reduction that protects investments in science.
    December 11, 2013
    APS announces a major new initiative: The inaugural International Convention of Psychological Science (ICPS) to be held in the heart of Amsterdam on 12-14 March 2015.
    Federated Conference on Computer Science and Information Systems
    December 11, 2013
    The 2014 Federated Conference on Computer Science and Information Systems cordially invites you to consider contributing an Event (conference, symposium, workshop, consortium meeting, special session).
    Basque Center on Cognition, Brain and Language
    December 11, 2013
    As part of its wider scientific and knowledge-transfer activities, the Basque Center on Cognition, Brain and Language (www.bcbl.eu) is delighted to announce a workshop dedicated to the mechanisms of learning and memory consolidation.