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Fleur-de-lisGeneral Information
Poster sessions are a forum for information exchange that allows a presenter to engage others in direct, one-on-one discussion about their research. Unlike a spoken presentation where research is presented to an audience of multiple people, a poster presentation can be more conversational and should be self-explanatory to allow multiple viewers to quickly learn about your research on their own.


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Abstract Numbering
Each poster abstract is assigned a four digit number.

  • The first digit identifies the poster session. There are five sessions:
    (Times may be subject to change.)
    • Session 1: Thursday, November 15 (6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.)
    • Session 2: Friday, November 16 (12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.)
    • Session 3: Friday, November 16 (6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.)
    • Session 4: Saturday, November 17 (12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.)
    • Session 5: Saturday, November 17 (6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.)
  • The last three digits range between 001 and 200. This is the poster board number in a poster session (i.e., “001” refers to board #1 and “125” refers to board #125).
  • Example Abstract Numbers:
    • Abstract #2125 = Poster Session 2, board #125.
    • Abstract #4010 = Poster Session 4, board #010.
    • Abstract #5150 = Poster Session 5, board #150.


For proper display at the venue, your poster should have a horizontal (or landscape) orientation and be no larger than the following dimensions:

Width: 8 feet (2.44 meters)

Height: 4 feet (1.22 meters)

Fleur-de-lisPoster Preparation and Design

The title of your poster should be prominent, generally a banner across the top and visible to attendees from a distance. Lettering should be at least 1-inch (2.54 cm) high.

Poster boards are numbered and ordered by the abstract code included in the email with your schedule. It is recommended that you include the poster number at the top of your poster, generally in the top left corner.

The title and poster number should be the same as the corresponding abstract in the program and mobile app.

Presenter and Co-author Names
The poster should include the names and affiliations of all the contributing authors included with the abstract in the program. The name and affiliation of the presenting author should be clearly indicated.

Poster Design Basics

Review the General Information section above for important information about presenting a poster at the 2018 Psychonomic Society Annual Meeting. This video contains tips that may be useful to preparing an effective poster design but it is not a required layout for posters presented at a Psychonomic Society event. Your poster should be designed to best present your research. It may be beneficial to seek advice from a colleague at your institution who has experience presenting a poster.

Please Note: The video above is publicly available on YouTube and was not produced by the Psychonomic Society. Its inclusion here does not represent the endorsement of its content or creator. More videos on poster design are available on YouTube.


Figures should be designed to be viewed from a distance, using clear, visible graphics. Although each figure should illustrate no more than one or two major points, figures need not be simple. The main points should be clear without extended viewing, but detail can be included for the knowledgeable viewer.

Each figure or table should have a heading of one or two lines in large type stating the “take-home” message. Detailed information should be in smaller type in a legend below the graphic. Because there is no text accompanying a poster, the figure legend should contain commentary that would normally appear in the text of a manuscript (results and discussion). It should describe concisely not only the content of the figure but also the conclusions derived from it. Details of methodology should be kept brief and should be placed at the end of the legend.


Please follow the Psychonomic Society Statistical Guidelines. Effect sizes should be reported and error bars with appropriate labels should be included on all graphs.


Arrange materials in columns rather than in rows. It is easier to scan a poster by moving systematically along it rather than by zigzagging back and forth in front of it. An introduction should be placed at the upper left and a conclusion at the lower right, both in large type. The sequence of illustrations should be indicated with numbers or letters at least 1-inch high, preferably in bold print.

You may find it convenient to have a separate section describing methods, but it is quite effective to include this information as part of the data presentation, as described above. Carefully chosen photographs of apparatus, or schematic diagrams of procedures, can convey a great deal of information about methods without much text. Most viewers will tend to skim or ignore long textual passages.

Printing in New Orleans

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Paper Printing
A paper poster can be submitted up to the day before your session, but may require 24-48 hours to print. You may want to contact the printer in advance to determine how long it will take to print your poster.

Fabric Printing
This location also prints posters on fabric. The deadline for fabric posters is 12:00 p.m. on September 3, 2018 (CST).

Fleur-de-lisPresenting a Poster

Poster Mounting
Materials are fixed to the poster board by pushpins. Do not write or paint on the tack boards.

Projection equipment and electrical outlets are not available during poster sessions.


The presenting author must be at their poster during the "Author Present" portion of the assigned viewing time. The extended viewing time allows attendees to see more posters than would be possible during the limited "Author Present" time.

The three evening sessions will be held in conjunction with the general reception (hospitality). Please see below for the details of the viewing time and author presenting times (times subject to change).

Poster Presenting Tips

Please Note: The video above is publicly available on YouTube and was not produced by the Psychonomic Society. Its inclusion here does not represent the endorsement of its content or creator. More videos on poster are available on YouTube.


Session Date Author Present Viewing Time
Poster Session I Thursday, November 15 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. 4:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Poster Session II Friday, November 16 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. 11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Poster Session III Friday, November 16 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. 4:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Poster Session IV Saturday, November 17 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. 11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Poster Session V Saturday, November 17 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. 4:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

The presenter should be prepared to discuss details about the research, provide additional information, and answer questions. It might be beneficial to have a supplemental handout with the poster or pertinent information printed on it (a single sheet of paper no larger than the standard letter or A4 size). You may also wish to have a signup sheet or other way to collect contact information to answer questions or continue a discussion after the meeting.

All posters must be removed at the end of the poster session. Posters that are not removed at the end of the session may be discarded and destroyed.

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