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Collaborative Symposium

Call for 2021: check back in late 2020 for more information.

This program, created in 2015, is an initiative of the Psychonomic Society's international outreach as set forth in the Society's strategic plan. The program aims to strengthen communication and collaboration between the Society and other international societies who represent the field of experimental and cognitive psychology. This is accomplished through an annual, jointly organized, cutting-edge topical symposium held at the other international society’s regular annual meeting. One international society will be chosen for this program.

Mechanism of Support

Each year a Call for Collaborative Symposium will be opened in agreement with a non-PS international conference. The organizer of the symposium must be a current member of Psychonomic Society. The organizer will receive up to $5,000 for expenses relating to the Psychonomic Society symposium at the conference. The organizer decides what expenses will be covered, but generally the support is used for airfare and/or hotels.

Application Process
Check back in late 2020 for more information on the 2021 Collaborative Symposium..

Deadline: TBD

A Collaborative Symposium consists of five 20-minute spoken presentations and, possibly, a discussion on a broad, highly relevant topic (to be mutually agreed upon with the conference organizers). 

The proposal must include:

  • Symposium title
  • Brief 250-word abstract – written by the organizer – describing the purpose and theme of the symposium
  • List of speakers
    • Title and 250-word abstract for each speaker
  • The organizer must be a current member of the Psychonomic Society, although the speakers can be non-members.
  • Consider Diversity: The Psychonomic Society is committed to scientific merit, which entails the inclusion of scientists of all genders, races, sexual orientations, countries of origin, geographical locations, and disciplinary expertise. Please critically examine your deliberations to eliminate biases that detract from our commitment to merit.

Selection Criteria

  • Scientific quality, future impact, and recent scientific breakthroughs and/or highlights.
  • The fit between the global structure and content of the scientific program of the selected conference and the proposed symposium.
  • Preference will be considered for proposals which include speakers from different countries.

Potential proposers are encouraged to contact John Dunlosky, chair of the International Presence Committee, or Lou Shomette, Executive Director of the Psychonomic Society.

Collaborative Symposia



2019 Collaborative Symposium

Theories and Models of Human Intelligence: Recent Developments

In conjunction with the
21st European Society for Cognitive Psychology Conference
Tenerife, Spain  |  25-28 September 2019

Andrew Conway, Claremont Graduate University, USA

For almost a century, the field of human intelligence has developed independently of mainstream experimental/cognitive psychology, resulting in what Cronbach famously identified as a separation of the two disciplines of scientific psychology: correlational and experimental. Relatedly, research on intelligence had been dominated by taxonomies rather than cognitive models. The beginning of the 21st century has seen a drastic change; the field of intelligence suddenly proliferated in theories and models that integrate results from the study of the cognition and the neural bases of cognitive processes in order to explain core phenomena in the individual differences literature. Such recent advances include the mutualism model (van der Maas et al., 2006), process overlap theory (Kovacs & Conway, 2016), the watershed model (Kievit et al., 2016), and network neuroscience theory (Barbey, 2017). According to these models, the general factor of intelligence is not a psychological attribute; instead, it is an emergent property of dynamic cognitive and neural networks.


2018 Collaborative Symposium

Advances in Information Aggregation and Collective Intelligence Research

In conjunction with the
Japanese Society for Cognitive Psychology Annual Conference
Osaka, Japan  |  1-2 September 2018

David B. Budescu, Fordham University, USA
Mark Steyvers
, University of California, Irvine, USA

The last decade has seen a proliferation of theoretical and empirical work in various areas psychology on “Wisdom of Crowds” and “Collective Intelligence”.   Much of this first wave work consists of simple and straightforward illustrations that simple aggregation rules that invoke the “Wisdom of Crowds” and effective teaming efforts can improve various measures that reflect the quality of the collective decisions.  The proposed symposium includes a collection of papers that represent more sophisticated efforts to understand and model the cognitive, structural and social factors that drive the aggregation and teaming effects.

2017 Collaborative Symposium

Applications of Embodied Cognition to STEM Education

In conjunction with the
20th European Society for Cognitive Psychology Conference
Potsdam, Germany  |  3-6 September 2017

Nora S. Newcombe
Temple University, USA

Theorists of embodied cognition postulate that the brain must be understood to function in the context of the physical body and that, reciprocally, engaging the body alters the function of the brain (i.e., affects thinking). This idea has led to insights in basic cognitive science – such as the ubiquity of embodied metaphors, or how gesture facilitates learning and thinking. Embodied cognition has thus provided effective learning tools that may be especially useful in the STEM disciplines, which rely upon concepts that are both richly detailed descriptions of the physical world and quite abstract (e.g., the notion of a limit in mathematics). Embodied tools to cut to the core of such ideas but also support abstraction might make STEM disciplines more accessible. Such tools include unscripted, scripted or elicited gestures or bodily experiences. Yet, abstraction is also required, so language may be used in conjunction with such techniques. The purpose of this symposium is to explore how embodied cognition might be applied to augment STEM learning. The papers cover various disciplines including mathematics, geoscience and chemistry, and span age groups from elementary school through university. This material shows the reach of cognitive research across the theory-translation continuum.

The papers presented in this symposium are a selection from a special issue of Cognitive Research: Principles and Implications.

2016 Collaborative Symposium

The Ever-Changing Engram: Towards an Integrated Understanding of Long-Term Memory Dynamics

In conjunction with the
International Conference on Memory
Budapest, Hungary  |  17-22 July 2016

Almut Hupbach
Lehigh University, USA

We are witnessing exciting times in memory research -- the traditional view of long-term memory as a stable entity is being replaced by the opposing idea that long-term memory is in fact fundamentally dynamic. In the last decade, basic mechanisms modulating the formation and dynamic restructuring of memory have been identified at multiple levels of analysis. For example, this new direction in research has revealed how cognitive processes such as targeted memory retrieval and intentional memory control interact with neurobiological processes such as sleep and stress signalling to shape long-term memory.



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