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The Estes Fund is jointly overseen by the Psychonomic Society and the Association for Psychological Science.

2018 Request for Proposals

The William K. & Katherine W. Estes Fund was established to extend the legacy of one of the most influential psychological scientists of the past century. Bill Estes was an intellectual force of nature whose pioneering work had a profound influence in psychological science and earned him the nation’s highest scientific honors, including the National Medal of Science.

Jointly overseen by the Association for Psychological Science and the Psychonomic Society, the Estes Fund supports a variety of activities aimed at strengthening methodology in mathematical, quantitative and experimental psychology and related areas. Bill Estes was a major contributor to both organizations: He served on the founding committee that established the Psychonomic Society and later chaired its Governing Board, and was a charter member of the Association for Psychological Science. Bill served as the founding editor of the APS journal Psychological Science, with Kay serving as managing editor.

The mission of the Estes fund is to support the advancement of mathematical psychology, construed broadly, including psychological statistics, experimental methodology, and formal approaches to psychological research.

Programs Supported by the Estes Fund

Lecture Series

APS-Psychonomic Society W.K. & K.W. Estes Lectures and Symposia

2016: Gordon H. Bower, Stanford University
“Translating Clark Hull’s Learning Theory Into Estes’ Statistical Theory: A 60-Year Retrospective”

2015: Daphne Bavelier, University of Rochester and Université de Genève, Switzerland and Jeffrey Lin, Riot Games 
“This Is Your Mind on Technology”

2014: Janet Metcalfe, Columbia University, Richard C. Atkinson, University of California, San Diego, Henry L. Roediger, III, Washington University in St. Louis, Robert A. Bjork, University of California, Los Angeles, Daniel L. Schacter, Harvard University
“From Principles of Cognitive Science to MOOCs”

Grants Programs
Advanced Training in Mathematical and Computational Modeling for Psychological Science

"Neuroscience and Cognition” [Summer School; lead organizer Andrew Heathcote]

“Computational and Mathematical Modelling of Cognition” [Summer school, lead organizer Stephan Lewandowsky; jointly funded by the European Society for Cognitive Psychology]

“Contemporary Neural Network Models: Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, and Cognition” [Workshop, August 8-9, 2016, lead organizer James L. McClelland]

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William K. Estes (1919 – 2011)
Professor and Distinguished Scholar of Psychology and Cognitive Science
Indiana University

Encyclopaedia Britannica
APS tribute

Katherine W. Estes
 (1920 - 2011)

2017 Projects

Model-based cognitive neuroscience summer school [Summer School; lead organizer Birte Forstmann]

Computational tools for developing and testing models of quantum cognition [Workshop; lead organizer Jerome Busemeyer]

Data on the Mind: Collecting, Analyzing, and Sharing Research Using Big Data and Naturally Occurring Datasets [Workshop; lead organizer Thomas L. Griffiths]


2016 Projects

"Bayesian DDM, LBA, and beyond" [Summer School; lead organizer Andrew Heathcote]

"Computational and Mathematical Modelling of Cognition" [Summer school, lead organizer Stephan Lewandowsky; jointly funded by the European Society for Cognitive Psychology]

"Contemporary Neural Network Models: Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, and Cognition" [Workshop, August 8-9, 2016, lead organizer James L. McClelland]

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