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About the Annual Meeting 

The Psychonomic Society's 55th Annual Meeting will be held November 20-23, 2014 in Long Beach, California, USA. The almost 2,500 attendees are researchers who perform and promote the basic science of behavior in areas such as memory, learning, problem solving, action planning, language, and perception that connect with other fields of research.

Keynote Speaker

The 2014 Keynote Speaker is Larry Jacoby, Washington University in St. Louis. His keynote, entitled "Looking Back: Noticing and Recollecting Change" will occur on Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 8:00 p.m.

Representative Work

When Weaker Is Stronger: Robust Attentional Orienting and Alerting Evoked by Subliminal, but Not Supraliminal, Cues. ZHICHENG LIN (2014 Member Select-Speaker Award Recipient) and SCOTT O. MURRAY, University of Washington.
Unconscious effects are typically thought of as a weaker version of their conscious counterparts. Here we asked whether an effect could be present only when the stimulus is subliminal but not when supraliminal. Two series of experiments focused on attentional orienting and alerting using uninformative cues. For orienting, the cue location was first fixed across blocks and then removed in subsequent blocks: when the cue location was fixed, the orienting effect was robust for subliminal cues but absent for supraliminal cues; when the cue was removed, a negative attentional aftereffect emerged in the cue-absence blocks for supraliminal cues, suggesting a location-based inhibition mechanism responsible for the absence of the supraliminal orienting effect. For alerting, compared with no cue, two uninformative cues improved target detection when they were subliminal but not when supraliminal. Together these results from exogenous orienting and alerting provide novel evidence against the weaker-version characterization of unconscious effects.
Email: Zhicheng Lin,

Abstract Book
Click here to download a PDF version of the 55th Annual Meeting Abstract Book.

Media Requirements

  • Receive complimentary annual meeting registration
  • One-on-one interview opportunities with attendees (Note: Psychonomic Society does not provide an onsite media/interview room)
  • Admission to all non-ticketed Psychonomic Society sessions (See Registration Rates and Information for Ticketed Events.)

Journalists who are employed by accredited news organizations attending the meeting for the purpose of editorial coverage will be granted media credentials. To qualify, journalists must contact our executive director, Lou Shomette and provide the following information:

  1. A letter/email verifying assignment to the meeting on the letterhead of the news organization being represented.
  2. Media identification (such as an international, accredited press pass or an official media-outlet-issued credential).
  3. Documentary film crews and video production companies must submit a written request in advance of the annual meeting no less than three weeks prior to the annual meeting that includes information about the company, the purpose of attending the annual meeting, synopsis of film/video/documentary, and information on the supporters of the project.


Companies or organizations producing publications, videos, and/or other electronic media intended for internal use, marketing, advertising, financial analysis, or public relations purposes may not register as media. Financial analysts, sales, advertising, marketing and public relations personnel may not register as media.

On-Site Media Guidelines

The following rules apply only to registered media. All other meeting attendees are required to adhere to the general Meeting Rules and Regulations

Meeting Admission

Registered media are required to wear the Psychonomic Society's media badge at all times while on site at the annual meeting. All Psychonomic Society symposia, workshops, and poster sessions at the annual meeting are open to the media. Entry into sessions requires a badge. 

Photography, Videotaping, and Audio Recording

Registered media are allowed to:

  1. Photograph, videotape, or audio record any Psychonomic Society press conference.
  2. Take photos (non-flash only) and audio record in the poster hall and in the session rooms.
  3. Video record in public areas of the convention center.

Members of the media are prohibited from the following activities:

  1. Taking flash photos during session.
  2. Taking photos of slide presentations.
  3. Taking photos, videotaping, or audio recording in the exhibit hall.
  4. Video recording any session room or in the poster or exhibit halls.

Disclaimer: Photos of copyrighted material reprinted without the prior consent of the study author/presenter is strictly prohibited.


The Psychonomic Society does not offer an interview room in conjunction with the conference. However, media interviews may take place within the confines of all common area of the hotel based on Psychonomic Society approval and interviews are granted within exhibit hall companies’ booths, so long as the rules of the Psychonomic Society's exhibit hall are observed, including the prohibition of visual or audio recording devices as mentioned above.

Violation of Psychonomic Society Policies by Reporters

The Psychonomic Society reserves the right to bar, from this and future annual conferences, any registered media who attempt to obtain advertising or subscriptions from any exhibitor or registrant, who deliberately promote the marketing objectives of a single company or institution, or who misuse media privileges to engage in activities other than journalistic pursuits.

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