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November 9-12, 2017
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2017 Symposia Submissions - Closed

Psychonomic Society 58th Annual Meeting
November 9-12, 2017
Vancouver Convention Centre West
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada


Symposium Submissions: CLOSED

All Members, Fellows, and Emeritus Members are invited to organize a symposium for the 58th Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society. The deadline for the receipt of symposium proposals was May 1, 2017. General information about the meeting, including hotels, can be found at the navigation bars on the left.

Please consider organizing and submitting a proposal for a symposium. To increase diversity among symposium organizers, the Governing Board strongly encourages symposium proposals from women and members of underrepresented groups.

The submission will:

  • highlight new emerging ideas that are likely to have broad influence in shaping future research, especially ideas from related disciplines.
  • include a title for the symposium
  • include an abstract for the symposium
  • provide the names of the participants, their membership status, and a title and abstract for each presentation.
  • include abstracts of 150 words or fewer. 
  • include the format (e.g., discussants can be scheduled, question periods can be extended, etc.), but the symposium should not be longer than 2 hours. 
  • provide a schedule indicating the times for an introduction (if used), each abstract, and Q&A, and discussion.
  • acknowledge that participants should have agreed to participate prior to proposal submission.


  • Participating in a symposium does not preclude submission of an abstract for a talk or poster.
  • Symposium proposals that are not accepted for presentation as symposia may be submitted later as a group under “Special Topics” during the regular abstract submission process.
  • Governing Board members may serve as speakers on symposia but they may not propose a symposium during their time of service. If a Governing Board member is on a symposium proposal as a speaker, he/she will not participate in the selection of symposia.


 Previous Symposia (2005-2016)

2016 Model-based Cognitive Neuroscience (Organized by Thomas J. Palmeri and Brandon M. Turner)
Motivated Memory: Considering the Functional Role of Memory (Organized by Christopher R. Madan)
Language by Mouth and by Hand (Organized by Iris Berent and Susan Goldin-Meadow
Leading Edge Workshop Symposium: The Evolutionary and Psychological Significance of Play, In honor of Stanley J. Kuczaj, II (Organized by Lance J. Millerand Alex de Voogt)
2015 Individual Differences in Executive Function and Related Processes (Organized by Marie Banich & Randy Engle)
Leading Edge Workshop Symposium: The Process of Explanation (Organized by Andrei Cimpian)
From Thought to Action: Cognitive & Neural Mechanisms in Writing (Organized by Brenda Rapp & Michael McCloskey)
Enhancing Education Through Cognitive Psychology (Organized by Alice F. Healy & Michael C. Moser)

2014 Multi-Voxel Pattern Analyses of Source Memory (Organized by Karen Mitchell)
Cognitive Science in the Attention Economy (Organized by Sean Lane and Paul Atchley)
Memory, Sleep and Dreams (Organized by Richard Schweickert)
New Ideas About Memory Development (Organized by Rebecca L. Gómez and Nora S. Newcombe)

2013 Future Global Change and Cognition (Organized by Stephan Lewandowsky)
Experience-Induced Neuroplasticity: Evidence from Bilingualism Organized by Ellen Bialystok and Judith Kroll)
Memory & the Law: Lessons from Cases (Organized by Martin A. Conway and Mark A. Howe)
Exploring the Canine Mind: Studies of Dog Cognition (Organized by William A. Roberts)

2012 Motivations, Emotions, and Cognition: What Am I Afraid of, and Why Does It Matter? (Organized by Thomas H. Carr)
The American Journal of Psychology: Celebrating 125 Years of Contributions Shaping Contemporary Scientific Psychology(Organized by Robert Proctor)
The Adaptive Nature of Memory Illusions: Positive Consequences Can Arise from Illusory Memories (Organized by Mark Howe)
Psychonomics without Experiments? Discovering Psychological Principles by Mining Large Data Sets (Organized by Robert Goldstone)

2011 Wayfinding in the Seattle Public Library: What can we learn about navigational styles? (Organized by Laura Carlson & Amy Shelton)
Psychocinematics: Exploring cognition at the movies (Organized by Arthur Shimamura)

2010 Practical benefits of Bayesian data analysis (Organized by John K. Kruschke)
Using ERPs to track visuospatial cognition as it happens (Organized John J. McDonald)
Criteria, confidence, and recognition memory (Organized by Ian G. Dobbins)
Aesthetic science: Psychophysical and neuroscientific approaches (Organized by Stephen E. Palmer)

2009 What are we learning from fMRI about the neural mechanisms of source memory? (Organized by Karen Mitchell)
Wandering minds and brains (Organized by Michael Kane & Jonathan Schooler)
Visual simulation in conceptual processing (Organized by Haline Schendan)
Darwinian themes in contemporary psychology (Organized by Sara Shettleworth)

2008 Time and time again (Organized by Ralph Miller)
The gist of aging: Implications for cognitive neuroscience (Organized by Robyn E Holliday & Timothy N. Odegard)
Psychology and the law: Emerging trends addressed by empirical studies (Organized by Thomas Busey)
Language as a tool for thinking(Organized by Lera Boroditsky & Dedre Gentner)

2007 Mechanisms of cognitive development: Domain-general learning or domain-specific constraints? (Organized by Vladimir M. Sloutsky)
Reuniting motivation and cognition: Motivational factors in learning and performance (Organized by W. Todd Maddox & Arthur B. Markman)
Embodied perception and cognition(Organized by Maggie Shiffrar)
Toward a cognitive psychology of collective memory: Methods, data, and theory (Organized by Amanda J. Barnier)

2006 Is reinforcement learning coming of age?(Organized by Jonathan D. Cohen & Randall O’Reilly)
Cognitive aging: Genetics, behavior, neuroscience, and technology (Organized by Soledad Ballesteros & Lars-Goran Nilsson)
Advances in Prospective Memory (Organized by Peter Graf)
Statistical learning: Mechanisms and limitations (Organized by Morten H. Christiansen)

2005 Applying cognition to education (Organized by Mark A. McDaniel & Ayanna K. Thomas)
The effect of emotion on declarative memory (Organized by Morris Moscovitch, Adam K. Anderson, & Deborah Talmi)
Event memory (Organized by Thomas F. Shipley)

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