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A monthly newsletter of the Psychonomic Society                                                       March 2020 | Issue 2
In this Issue:
The Society's Response to COVID-19
  • What the Society Is Doing in Light of the COVID-19 Pandemic
  • Revised Deadlines for Call for Abstracts, Nominations, and More
  • Planning for Remote Participation in our November 2020 Annual Meeting
  • Providing the Public with Expert Advice on Achieving Behavioral Change
  • Ongoing Plans to Reduce our Society's Carbon Footprint
  • Call for Volunteers to Serve on Psychonomic Society Initiatives
  • Complimentary Society Memberships available to Cognitive Scientists in need
  • The Society Extends its Publishing Contract through the year 2030
Scroll down to read the updates.
What the Society Is Doing in Light of the COVID-19 Pandemic
In January, the Psychonomic Society began developing contingency plans for our annual meeting, in the event that the coronavirus outbreak would turn into a pandemic lasting into November. Our planning has focused on converting our physical meeting in Austin, Texas, USA to a hybrid event (part in-person, part virtual), or even a fully remote conference if necessary. More details are provided below in other sections of this newsletter. We hope to provide periodic updates in forthcoming issues of the Psychonomic Scientist and on our website.
Revised Deadlines for Call for Abstracts, Nominations, and More
Because the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted schedules for all of us, we are now announcing later deadlines to replace those that had been rapidly approaching. New deadlines are listed below. Please check our website periodically in case further changes become necessary.
Planning for Remote Participation in our November 2020 Annual Meeting
Prior to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Psychonomic Society Task Force on Carbon Neutrality had already been planning to move our November annual meeting to a hybrid in-person/online event. Our initial goals were to reduce the Society's carbon footprint and to increase our international reach and inclusivity. In light of the pandemic, we are redoubling our efforts and considering that our entire November conference may have to be held virtually. Some members of our Task Force participated in a fully remote conference on March 19-20, and one of our members took a lead role in running its livestreaming technology. All reports suggest that this virtual conference was a great success. We will soon be conducting a follow-up of our own, a virtual dress rehearsal for a November symposium.
Providing the Public with Expert Advice on Achieving Behavioral Change
We know that the novel coronavirus is transmitted primarily through human behavior, such as shaking hands, touching our faces, and failing to socially distance. Members of the Psychonomic Society are experts on human behavior and how it can be modified. Jonathon Crystal, editor of Learning & Behavior, is leading the new Behavioral Science Response to COVID-19 Working Group to develop expert recommendations on behavior change. These recommendations will be distributed to the general public, to news media, to medical teams, and to government officials, as well as posted on social media. We hope our membership will help distribute these messages on social media to the public as soon as they begin to appear on our blog and in our Psychonomic Scientist newsletter.

The first set of evidence-based recommendations made by the Behavioral Science Response to COVID-19 Working Group is detailed in the infographic below. You can also
download the image as a PDF.
Ongoing Plans to Reduce our Society's Carbon Footprint
The Task Force on Carbon Neutrality was established early this year, before the coronavirus outbreak became a pandemic. It grew out of a set of overlapping concerns, starting with climate change and our collective carbon footprint. Its scope soon expanded, however, to include our desire to expand our Society’s international reach as well as to expand our inclusivity 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. Moving our conference quickly toward a hybrid event (part physical, part virtual) has now become more urgent. Please click here to see the membership of this committee, and email any suggestions for the Task Force to info@psychonomic.org.
Call for Volunteers to Serve on Psychonomic Society Initiatives
The coronavirus pandemic has placed great strains on many of us, with new burdens including converting courses to online formats, dealing with shuttered labs, supporting grad students, undergrads, and postdocs who have returned to their homes, and managing our personal lives and families. As the Psychonomic Society weathers its share of this storm, we are looking for volunteers who can help us meet the new challenges.

The Psychonomic Society seeks volunteers to help us prepare to go virtual with our
November annual meeting, support the work of the Behavioral Science Response to COVID-19 Working Group, and volunteer as reviewers for PS journals. Additionally, we are looking for people with skills in graphic design, who can assist in creating visuals and disseminating messages structured to reach various audiences, such as children, adults, seniors, those with disabilities, and health care professionals. We also hope to join forces with other societies to develop tools to help graduate students and postdocs through this difficult period. If you have the skills and the time to contribute, please volunteer by completing the form below. Sign up to volunteer.
Complimentary Society Memberships available to Cognitive Scientists in need
The Psychonomic Society is offering complimentary 2020 memberships to cognitive scientists who need free access to our seven journals and who are experiencing financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. To request your complimentary membership, email info@psychonomic.org and specify your member type and the reason(s) you are requesting a waiver of the member dues.
The Society Extends its Publishing Contract through the year 2030
We conclude on some good news: The Psychonomic Society has reached an agreement to continue the publication of our seven journals with Springer Nature, through the year 2030. This will allow us to continue publishing our journals with no interruption and no inconvenience to our members, subscribers, authors, or editors. It also allows us to continue and extend our presence in open access publishing, where Psychonomics is a clear leader in the field of cognition. Read more.
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