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Call for Symposia
The Call for Symposia is now closed. The submission deadline was April 30, 2020.

2020 Annual Meeting
A Virtual Psychonomics Experience

The Psychonomic Society is pleased to announce that its annual meeting in November will now be fully virtual. In the interest of the health and safety of our members, the in-person portion of the meeting has been canceled.

The move to a fully virtual conference will make our society more international and inclusive by opening up our activities to those who are unable or unwilling to participate in-person due to concerns about the environment, travel bans, disabilities, family needs, health risks, or lack of funds. We remain committed to making the conference as accessible as possible, so the annual meeting will remain a free conference for all Society members.

The JW Marriott Austin has graciously agreed that the Society's contract with the hotel can be canceled without penalty due to the impact of the global COVID-19 pandemic. This frees up the Society to invest its financial and staff resources into creating and executing a fully virtual Psychonomics experience, bringing the science you love directly to you, in the comfort of your home or office.

While we will all miss the in-person networking, we hope you will take advantage of the many opportunities to interact online through the conference portal, as you continue to build relationships within the Psychonomics network and strengthen collaborations to improve the science in our field. We also hope that the move to a fully virtual format will open doors for more participation than ever before, as the format eliminates conference travel and lodging costs and makes it easier for cognitive scientists all around the world to participate.

More information about the format of the 2020 Annual Meeting, a Virtual Psychonomics Experience, will be announced in the coming weeks. In the meantime, we are reopening our Call for Abstracts to allow as many people as possible to participate. Everyone who has already submitted an abstract will be contacted to confirm that they are willing and able to present remotely. The new submission deadline is July 15, 2020. Submit a paper or poster abstract.

Psychonomic Society 61st Annual Meeting
A Virtual Psychonomics Experience
November 19-22, 2020

Psychonomic Society Fellows, Members, and Emeritus Members are invited to submit a symposium proposal for the 61st Annual Meeting. A symposium proposal should highlight emerging ideas that are likely to have broad influence in shaping future research, especially from related disciplines. To submit a proposal, follow the Proposal Submission instructions below.

The Call for Symposia is now closed. The deadline was April 30, 2020.

Consider Diversity
The Psychonomic Society is committed to scientific merit, which entails the inclusion of all scientists regardless of gender, race, sexual orientation, disability status, country of origin, geographic location, and disciplinary expertise. Please critically examine your deliberations to eliminate biases that detract from our commitment to merit. You will be required to create a statement on how the make-up of your proposed symposium is consistent with the Diversity Statement of the Psychonomic Society.

Submission Requirements
Proposals must include:

  • A title for the overall symposium.
  • An abstract for the overall symposium.
  • All the following details for each of the individual presentations in the proposal (up to a maximum of six presentations):
    • Presenter's name, affiliation, country, and e-mail address.
    • Presenter’s Psychonomic Society membership status.
      • Note: Membership is not required for presenters at the time of the submission, however all presenters must register to attend the meeting and registration for current members is free. Non-members must pay a non-member registration fee. Information about Society membership is available here.
    • Acknowledgment that each presenter on the proposal has agreed to participate at the time of the submission.
    • Presenter's permission to have their presentation recorded and live streamed as part of Psychonomics Live!.
    • A statement on how the make-up of your proposed symposium is consistent with the Diversity Statement of the Psychonomic Society.
    • The title and abstract for each individual presentation.
    • Abstracts should be approximately 150 words or fewer. Abstracts longer than 1,250 characters (including spaces) will be automatically truncated by the submissions database.
    • Symposium format (not to exceed two hours).
      • The typical symposium at the Psychonomic Society Annual Meeting is organized with multiple 15-minute individual presentations, each followed by 5 minutes for a Q&A.
      • Organizers may vary this format and include an optional discussant or an extended Q&A session, etc. The symposium may not be longer than two hours.
      • The symposium format must include a schedule indicating the times for an introduction (if used), each individual presentation, Q&A, and discussion periods.
  • Contact Reed Hunt, the Psychonomic Society Secretary, with questions about the format of your symposium or substantive content of your proposal.

Proposal Submission
The Call for Symposia is now closed. The submission deadline was April 30, 2020.

To be considered complete, the proposal must include all required information at the time of submission. The submitter’s 2020 Psychonomic Society membership also must be paid at the time of submission. Incomplete proposals and non-member submissions will not be considered.

Notifications are made by e-mail within three weeks of the proposal deadline. Please contact the Psychonomic Society Secretary Reed Hunt with questions about the topic and formatting of a symposium proposal.

Conflicts of Interest
Conflicts of interest arise in science when financial incentives, personal/familial relationships, or other such considerations undermine a scientist’s objectivity. For example, if a scientist is a shareholder in a company that sells a treatment for a condition, that scientist would have a conflict of interest (COI) about research on that and closely related conditions and treatments. Having a COI does not preclude presenting your research, but COIs must be declared so that the scientific content of the presentation can be reviewed considering the COI(s). If you have a COI, please indicate this when asked in the online submission program. See for further discussion.


  • Participating in a symposium does not preclude submission of an abstract for a spoken session or poster.
  • Symposium proposals that are not accepted for presentation as symposia may be later submitted during the regular abstract submission process for consideration to be grouped in a spoken session. In order to be considered, all submitted abstracts must use exactly the same first and second Session Topics.
  • Current members of the Psychonomic Society Governing Board may participate in a symposium but may not propose a symposium during their time of service. If a Governing Board member is listed in a symposium proposal, s/he will not participate in the selection of symposia.

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Previous Symposia (2005-2019)

2019 Symposium I: What Memory Quirks, Hiccups and Odd Phenomena Tell Us (Organized by Bennett L. Schwartz, Zehra F. Peynircioglu, and Anne M. Cleary)
Symposium II: Re-organizing our Understanding of Semantic and Episodic Memory (Organized by Louis Renoult and Signy Sheldon)
Symposium III: Seeking Explicit Cognitive Processes in Animals (Organized by Barbara A. Church and J. David Smith)
Symposium IV: Beyond a Single Participant: Interactive Social Cognition in Dyads and Groups (Organized by Jelena Ristic)
 2018 Generalization in Language and Memory (Organized by Jelena Mirkovic and M. Gareth Gaskell)
Should Statistics Determine the Practice of Science, or Science Determine the Practice of Statistics? (Organized by Richard M. Shiffrin)
Medical Image Perception and Decision Making (Organized by Trafton Drew)
What Speech Prosody Can Tell Us About Cognition (Organized by Cassandra Jacobs)
Leading Edge Workshop Symposium: Time for Action: Reaching for a Better Understanding of the Dynamics of Cognition (Organized by Joo-Hyun Song and Timothy Welsh)
2017 Dual Process Theory 2.0 (Organized by Wim De Neys)
Improving Use of Statistical Inference in Science (Organized by Don van Ravenzwaaij)
Leading Edge Workshop Symposium: Beyond the Lab: Using Big Data to Discover Principles of Cognition (Organized by Gary Lupyan and Robert Goldstone)
When Man Bites Dog: What do Developmental Reversals tell Us about Cognitive Development, Aging, and the Brain (Organized by Vladimir M. Sloutsky)
50 Years of Implicit Learning Research: A Symposium in Honor of Arthur S. Reber (Organized by Paul J. Reber)
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. Miller and 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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