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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.


TMI: Disengagement and Memory

Thursday, November 19   |   7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. (time subject to change)
Psychonomic Society 2020 Annual Meeting: A Virtual Psychonomics Experience

Lynn HasherLynn Hasher
University of Toronto, Canada

Can you really have too much information? And, what happens when you do? Our research program focuses on these questions and may help explain patterns of age-related cognitive deficits as well as spared functioning. Older adults show a shift from intentionally-biased processing of information to a more incidental bias which results in excessive encoding and subsequently, in delays in disengaging from non-relevant information. As a consequence, too much information can be active at any one point in time, resulting in poor explicit recall - and sometimes, in superior implicit memory. This pattern may be especially pronounced in older adults but it is not unique to them: A limited literature suggests that positive moods and circadian disruptions can produce similar outcomes. 

About Hasher  
Lynn Hasher is a Senior Scientist at the Rotman Research Institute of Baycrest Health Sciences and Professor Emerita in the Psychology Department at the University of Toronto.  She has held faculty positions at Carleton, Temple and Duke Universities and was also a Visiting  Professor at the University of California, Berkeley.  She joined the faculty at University of Toronto and the staff of the Rotman Research Institute in 1999.  She is a Fellow of the APS, the Psychonomic Society, and the Society of Experimental Psychologists as well as a member of the Memory Disorders Research Society. At the University of Toronto, she is a Fellow of Massey College. She has won several awards including a James McKeen Cattell Fellowship as well as a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship. Her work in the US was originally supported by the National Institute on Aging and more recently, it has been supported by two Canadian funding sources, Canadian Institutes of Health Research and Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council. Her research has always had a developmental approach, initially with children and for most of her career, with older adults.  As well, she has always been interested in implicit cognition, studying it across traditional domains including attention, memory and language comprehension.  As not incidental side-lines to this work she has also done research on the role of circadian rhythms on cognition, as well as on the cognitive consequences of differences in mood and cultural backgrounds.  Her theoretical work proposes that attention regulation is foundational to mental life. Over the years, she has worked with an amazing group of students at Temple and at Duke University and at the University of Toronto. She is grateful to all of them, to her colleagues (especially to Rose Zacks and David Goldstein) and to her undergraduate and graduate mentors, as well. 

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