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Psychonomic Society Association for Psychological Science

The Estes Fund is jointly overseen by the Psychonomic Society and the Association for Psychological Science.

The 2021 Request for Initial Proposals is now open.

The deadline for Initial Proposals is September 1st.

The mission of the William K. and Katherine W. Estes Fund is to support the advancement of mathematical psychology, construed broadly, including psychological statistics, experimental methodology, and formal approaches to psychological research.

The Estes Fund was established to extend the legacy of one of the most influential psychological scientists of the past century. Bill Estes was an intellectual force of nature whose pioneering work had a profound influence in psychological science and earned him the nation’s highest scientific honors, including the National Medal of Science.

Jointly overseen by the Psychonomic Society and the Association for Psychological Science, the Estes Fund supports a variety of activities aimed at strengthening methodology in mathematical, quantitative and experimental psychology and related areas.

Bill Estes was a major contributor to both organizations: He served on the founding committee that established the Psychonomic Society and later chaired its Governing Board, and was a charter member of the Association for Psychological Science. Bill served as the founding editor of the journal Psychological Science, with Kay serving as managing editor.


Supported Programs

Workshops and Summer Schools

Multinomial-Processing-Tree (MPT) Modeling: Basic Methods and Recent Advances
Organizer: Edgar Erdfelder, Daniel W. Heck, and Franziska Meissner

March 2020 | Jena, Germany
This workshop has been CANCELED due to the COVID-19 pandemic and will be rescheduled at a later date.

Summer School
Barcelona Summer School on Advanced Modelling of Behavior

Organizer: Alexandre Hyafil

2-10 Sep 2019 | Barcelona, Spain

Methods for Analyzing Sound and Modeling Auditory Plasticity (MASMAP)
Organizer: Eduardo Mercado, III
June 5-7, 2019 | Buffalo, NY, USA

Summer School
Nonlinear Dynamics in Life Sciences 
Organizers: Caroline Palmer and Anmar Khadra
Summer 2018 | Montreal, Canada

Summer School
Deep, Fast and Shallow Learning in Humans and Machines
Organizers: Franco Pestilli, Robert Goldstone, and Linda Smith
Summer 2018 | University of Indiana Bloomington, USA

Data on the Mind: Collecting, Analyzing, and Sharing Research Using Big Data and Naturally Occurring Datasets
Organizers: Thomas Griffiths, Alexandra Paxton, Michael C. Frank, and Todd Gureckis
Summer 2017 | Berkeley, CA, USA

Summer School
Model-based cognitive neuroscience summer school
Organizers: Birte Forstmann, Dora Matzke, Uta Noppeney, Andrew Heathcote, Brandon Turner, Gilles de Hollander, and Guy Hawkins
July 31 - August 4, 2017 | Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Summer School
Computational tools for developing and testing models of quantum cognition (PDF)
Organizers: Jerome Busemeyer, Tim Pleskac, Emmanuel Pothos, Jennifer S. Trueblood, and Zheng Wang
July 20-21, 2017 | University of Warwick, Coventry, United Kingdom

Bayesian Estimation of Evidence Accumulation Architectures in Neuroscience and Cognition (PDF)
Lead organizer: Andrew Heathcote
November 7-11, 2016 | Boston, MA, USA

Contemporary Neural Network Models: Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, and Cognition
Lead organizer: James L. McClelland
August 8-9, 2016 | Philadelphia, PA, USA

Summer School
Computational and Mathematical Modelling of Cognition
Lead organizer: Stephan Lewandowsky
July 12-24, 2016 | Bolzano, Italy

Lectures and Symposia

Translating Clark Hull’s Learning Theory Into Estes’ Statistical Theory: A 60-Year Retrospective (video)
Gordon H. Bower, Stanford University, USA
May 2016 | Chicago, IL, USA

This Is Your Mind on Technology (video)
Daphne Bavelier, University of Rochester and Université de Genève, Switzerland
Jeffrey Lin, Riot Games
May 23, 2015 | New York, NY, USA

From Principles of Cognitive Science to MOOCs (video)
Janet Metcalfe, Columbia University, USA (Chair)
Richard C. Atkinson, University of California, San Diego, USA
Henry L. Roediger, III, Washington University in St. Louis, USA
Robert A. Bjork, University of California, Los Angeles, USA
Daniel L. Schacter, Harvard University, USA
May 2014 | San Francisco, CA, USA





Upcoming Programs

The 2020 Estes Fund programs have been postponed in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Rescheduled dates will be announced here once they become available.


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William K. Estes

(1919 – 2011)
Professor and Distinguished Scholar of Psychology and Cognitive Science
Indiana University


Encyclopaedia Britannica

APS tribute

Katherine W. Estes
(1920 - 2011)


Estes Fund Committee Members

Alice Healy (Chair)
University of Colorado, Boulder, USA

Elizabeth L. Bjork
University of California, Los Angeles, USA

Morton Ann Gernsbacher
University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA

Mike Jones
Indiana University, USA

David Rosenbaum
University of California, Riverside, USA

Richard Shiffrin
Indiana University, USA

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