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The Psychonomic Society invites proposals to fund a Collaborative Symposium between the Psychonomic Society and the Japanese Society for Cognitive Psychology (JSCP). The symposium will be held in conjunction with the JSCP Annual Conference in Ritsumeikan University, Ibaraki, Osaka, Japan, September 1-2, 2018.

Call for Proposals
Deadline Passed: December 15, 2017


This program, created in 2015, is an initiative of the Psychonomic Society's international outreach as set forth in Society's strategic plan. The program aims to strengthen the communication and collaboration between the Society and other international societies representing the field of experimental and cognitive psychology 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 each year 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
The Japanese Society for Cognitive Psychology is the selected meeting for 2018 Psychonomic Society Collaborative Symposium.

Deadline: December 15, 2017 (Submission's now closed.)

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). There is no need to contact JSCP.

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.
  • Speakers should include both men and women whenever possible, and consideration should be given for racial diversity and inclusion.

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, including Japan.


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

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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