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Congratulations to our
2018 Psychonomic Society Graduate Travel Award Recipients


Melisa Akan Johnathan E. Avery Christina Bejjani Chloe Callahan-Flintoft Shauna P. A. de Long

Melisa Akan
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
The effect of prior familiarity and conceptual knowledge on face recognition accuracy

Johnathan E. Avery
Indiana University, USA
Representation and Retrieval in Semantic Memory

Christina Bejjani
Duke University, USA
Causal Transfer of Specific Attentional Control States

Chloe Callahan-Flintoft
Pennsylvania State
University, USA

Exploring the influence of feature autocorrelation on attentional sampling

Shauna P. A. de Long
Kent State University, USA
Does Learning the Meaning of a Word Make Spelling Easier? Evidence from Incidental Word Learning during Reading

Blake L. Elliott Nathaniel R. Greene Anna Foerster Chun-Yuan Huang Haena Kim

Blake L. Elliott
Arizona State University, USA
Neural Correlates Underlying The Effect of Value on Recognition Memory Encoding

Nathaniel R. Greene
University of Missouri, USA
Age-Related Changes Across Time in Verbatim and Gist Memory for Face-Scene Pairs

Anna Foerster
University of Würzburg, Germany
Better safe than sorry: Response monitoring in dishonesty

Chun-Yuan Huang
National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan
System Factorial Technology Provides New Insights on Hybrid Search

Haena Kim
Texas A&M University, USA
Neural mechanisms of reduced inhibitory control following associative reward learning

Pascal J. Kieslich Krista D. Manley Matthew P. McCurdy Casey L. Roark  Tomer Sahar

Pascal J. Kieslich
University of Mannheim, Germany
Design Factors in Mouse-Tracking: What makes a Difference?

Krista D. Manley
Iowa State University, USA
When Less is More: Showing Masked Faces in a Lineup Enhances Identification of a Masked Face

 Matthew P. McCurdy
University of Illinois at Chicago, USA
Theories of the Generation Effect and the Impact of Generation Constraint: A Meta-Analytic Review

Casey L. Roark
Carnegie Mellon University, USA
Factors Influencing Incidental Category Learning

Tomer Sahar
Tel-Aviv University, Israel
Modeling Posner’s validity effect reveals less guessing, but not enhanced precision.
Julia S. Soares Chunyue Teng Ngoc-Han Tran Christine E. Weber Laura Werner

Julia S. Soares
University of California, Santa Cruz, USA
Volitional Photography Inflates Metamemory Confidence but still Causes an Impairment in Memory

  Chunyue Teng
The George Washington
University, USA

Uncovering the Shared Representation Between Visual Working Memory (VWM) and Perception: Neural Tuning Curves
 Ngoc-Han Tran
University of Amsterdam
Empirical Priors for Evidence Accumulation Models

Christine E. Weber
University of South Carolina, USA
The Role of Liking in Evaluative Conditioning of Affective States

Laura Werner
University of Nevada,
Las Vegas, USA

Forgetting Distractors: Evidence of Inhibition and Decay in Working Memory depends on Test Type



The Psychonomic Society will annually give up to fifteen Graduate Travel Awards for graduate student members of the Society. Each Awardee will receive a travel stipend of $1,000.

2018 Applications - CLOSED
The application deadline was May 15, 2018.


  • All current, Student Members whose dues are paid by 12:00 a.m. EDT on May 15 are eligible to apply for the Graduate Travel Award.
  • Applicants must be the first author and presenter of a poster submitted for presentation at the Annual Meeting.

Application Process

  • Applicants must submit a sponsored Psychonomic Society abstract AND an online application for the Graduate Travel Award by May 15.

  • Applications must include:

    • Research summary (1,000 words + figure + references) that includes how the research fits into the “big picture.”

    • Summary must be written by the applicant.

    • A letter of support from a sponsor -- who must be a Fellow (who has paid 2018 dues) or Emeritus Fellow -- even if the sponsor is an author on the poster.


The deadline is May 15, 2018. Please submit nominations for consideration by the Program Committee so awardees can plan to attend and be recognized during the Business Meeting at the 2018 Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.

Recipients Receive

  • Competitive Travel Award ($1,000 USD).
  • A ribbon which is placed on their poster during their poster session at the Annual Meeting.
  • A special notation in the Abstract Book indicating the honor.
  • Honor that can be listed on the student’s vita.

Process Overview

  • The Chair of the Program Committee, as well as two additional members of the Governing Board, are appointed by Chair of the Governing Board for a one-year term on the committee. The Chair of the committee will appoint four non-Governing Board members for staggered three-year terms.

  • The Program Committee members review each nomination and make their recommendation to the Chair who then forwards the list to the Governing Board for final approval.

  • Success candidates are notified by the Society between six and eight weeks after the deadline.

  • Recipients are not eligible for the award in the following year.

  • For questions or information, please contact the Service Center at or 608-441-1070 x163.

  • 2017 Graduate Travel
    Award Recipients

    Abigail Benecke
    Villanova University, USA
    Classification of English Stop Consonants: A Comparison
    of Multiple Models of Speech Perception

    (Abstract #3127)

    Pablo Bernabeu
    Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands
    Modality Switch Effects Emerge Early and Increase Throughout Conceptual Processing: Evidence from ERPs
    (Abstract #1234)

    Weijia Chen
    University of Melbourne, Australia
    Optimising Perceptual Training for the Detection of Hip Fractures on Conventional Radiography
    (Abstract #5155)

    Josh Dorsi
    University of California, Riverside, USA
    What You See Isn’t Always What You Get, Or Is It?: Re-examining Semantic Priming from McGurk Stimuli
    (Abstract #3128)

    Josh Fiechter
    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
    Implementing Adaptive Retrieval Practice with Flexible Cues: A Powerful Technique for Generalizing the Benefits of Testing
    (Abstract #4162)

    Laura L. Heisick
    Louisiana State University, USA
    Implicit versus Explicit Social Classification in Unfamiliar
    Face Perception

    (Abstract #5088)

    Kyle Rhoads Kraemer
    University of Alabama, USA
    Understanding Metamemory: A General Ability or Separate Systems?
    (Abstract #2113)

    Sarah Moneer
    University of Melbourne, Australia
    Attentional Modulation of Processing Architecture: A Synthesis of Electroencephalographic and Response Time Modeling Approaches
    (Abstract #1136)

    Chi Ngo
    Temple University, USA
    Tracking Relational Memory and Pattern Separation
    Across the Life Span

    (Abstract #3180)

    Sharon M. Noh
    University of Texas at Austin, USA
    Blocked vs. Interleaved Study Sequences Differentially Impact the Retention of Generalized Knowledge and Specificity
    (Abstract #1012)

    Steven C. Pan
    University of California, San Diego, USA
    Is it Preterite or Imperfect? Investigating the Interleaving Effect for Spanish Verb Conjugation Skills
    (Abstract #3158)

    Benjamin Pitt
    University of Chicago, USA
    Spatializing Time and Number: How Culture Shapes Cognitive Universals
    (Abstract #3087)

    Sander Roest
    Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands
    Getting a Handle on Object Based Alignment Effects
    (Abstract #1188)

    Cameron Smith
    University of South Carolina, USA
    Space-Language Interactions in the Auditory Modality
    (Abstract #5112)

    Jessica Siler
    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
    Long-term Inference and Memory Following Retrieval Practice
    (Abstract #4164)

    Jihyun Suh
    Washington University in St. Louis, USA
    Action-planning Biases Size Representation in Visual Working Memory
    (Abstract #3209)

    2016 Graduate Travel
    Award Recipients

    Kirsten Adam
    University of Chicago, USA
    The reliability and stability of change detection capacity estimates

    Siti Syuhada Binte Faizal
    Washington University in St. Louis, USA
    Visual word processing in an atypical learning situation: The case of non-Arabic-speaking Qur’anic memoriser

    Sara Davis

    Iowa State University, USA
    Variation in Initial Test Performance Does Not Affect the Benefit of Testing in Cued Recall

    Juan Guevara Pinto

    Louisiana State University, USA
    The Low-Prevalence Effect Transfers to Across Tasks

    Mehmet Gunal

    University of Texas at Dallas, USA
    Survival Processing of Face Memory

    Hannah Hausman

    Williams College, USA
    Pretesting To Facilitate Conceptual Learning from Reading Texts

    Corinne Holmes

    Temple University, USA
    Integrating partial viewpoints of space: Array stability supports flexibility 

    Ana Marcet

    Universitat De Valencia, Spain
    Does Perceptual Grouping Modulate Letter Position Coding?

    Rachel Pizzie

    Dartmouth College, USA
    The Academic Anxiety Inventory: Assessing the Impact of Anxiety Across Scholastic Domains

    William Saban

    Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
    From Reflexive to Volitional Processes

    Edyta Sasin
    University of Groningen, The Netherlands
    Can we Learn to Forget?

    Michelle Stepan
    Michigan State University, USA
    Sleep and Eyewitness Identifications: Changes in Decision Making Strategies

    Matti Vuorre
    Columbia University, USA
    The Relation Between the Sense of Agency and the Experience of Flow

    Drew Weatherhead
    University of Waterloo, Canada
    Visual speech influences lexical access in infants

    Peiyun Zhou
    University of Illinois, USA
    Is imagining a voice like “listening” to it? Evidence from ERPs


    2015 Graduate Travel
    Award Recipients

    Maisy Best
    University of Exeter, United Kingdom
    Automatic Stopping When Distracted

    Paulo Carvalho
    Indiana University Bloomington, USA
    Blocked Study Results in Better Encoding of the Frequent (Non-Diagnostic) Properties of the Categories

    Katherine Clark
    University of Missouri-Columbia, USA
    Development of Working Memory
    Capacity and Precision for Tone Pitch

    Taylor M. Curley
    Villanova University, USA
    Overcoming Talker Variability When Learning
    Speech Sound Categories: A Computational Approach

    Laura M. Getz
    University of Virginia, USA
    Correspondence of Pitch
    and Size Dimensions Is Not Automatic

    Kyle Hardman
    University of Missouri, USA
    Testing the Absolute Validity of
    Mathematical Models Used in Working Memory

    Darin Hoyer
    The George Washington University, USA
    Distance and Direction
    Information in Spatial Environments

    Karen L. Melrose
    University of Warwick, United Kingdom
    We Compare Our Health to Others:
    A Rank-Based Model of Social Comparison

    Hillary Mullet
    Duke University, USA
    Correcting False Memories

    Matthew Kyle Robison
    University of Oregon, USA
    Neurotic Wandering Mind

    Travis Morgan Seale-Carlisle
    Royal Holloway, University of London, United Kingdom
    Verbal Descriptions Reduce Discriminability
    but the Confidence-Accuracy Relationship Is Strong

    Cynthia S.Q. Siew
    University of Kansas, USA
    The Influence of Network
    Density on Spoken Word Recognition

    Amy M. Smith
    Tufts University, USA
    Increasing Age-Related Memory
    Distortion via Stereotype Activation

    Kyle Weichman
    University of West Florida, USA
    Effects of Long-Term Conceptual Knowledge and
    Categorical Distinctiveness on Object Bindings in Working Memory

    Xin Xie
    University of Connecticut, USA
    Perceptual Adaptation to Foreign-Accented
    Speech Reshapes the Internal Structure of Phonetic Categories

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