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Forthcoming EPS Research Workshops

Recent developments in the neuroscience of symmetry perception. To be held at University of Liverpool, 9 June 2017 (with half day workshop 'Visual properties driving visual aesthetics' preceding this on 8 June 2017) - organisers Alexis Makin and Marco Bertamini

Forgetting: A forgotten issue? To be held at University of Edinburgh, 14 June 2017 - organisers Alan Baddeley and Robert Logie. http://forums.psy.ed.ac.uk/forgettingworkshop The event is free but people should register in advance in order for the organisers to sort the size of venue and catering.

The emerging social neuroscience of human-robot interaction. To be held at Bangor University, 17-18 August 2017 - organisers Emily Cross and Ruud Hortensius.

Perturbing and enhancing perception and action using oscillatory neural stimulation. To be held at MRC-CBU, Cambridge, December 2017 - organisers Matt Davis and Benedikt Zoefel.

Probabilistic learning and computation in the human brain. To be held at Durham University, Spring 2018 - organiser Marko Nardini.

Forthcoming EPS Postgraduate/Postdoctoral Workshops

Contemporary and future research into Alexithymia. To be held at King's College London, 15 September 2017 - organisers Hannah Hobson, Geoff Bird and Caroline Catmur.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/contemporary-and-future-research-into-alexithymia-tickets-33400807715 registration from w/c 10 April 2017. A draft and final schedule for the day will appear on the Eventbrite page once all speakers have confirmed.


For information about conferences organised by EPS, see Meetings.


Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology


Comments and Book Reviews

Listed below are the books that are currently available for review in the Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology. Expressions of interest regarding reviewing should be directed to Philip Quinlan (email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).

We are also happy to consider proposals for reviews of books that are not listed, but would be of interest to members of the Society.


Barker Bausell, R. (2015). The design and conduct of meaningful experiments involving human participants. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press

Decety, J., & Cacioppo, J. T. (Eds). (2015). The Oxford Handbook of Social Neuroscience. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press

Ferry, E. R. & Harris, L. R. (Eds). (2017). Vestibular Cognition. Brill online books

Hess-Biber, S. N., & Johnson, R. B. (Eds). (2015). The Oxford handbook of multimethod and mixed methods research inquiry. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press

Jensen, L. A. (Ed). (2015). The Oxford handbook of human development and culture. An interdisciplinary perspective. Oxford UK: Oxford University Press

Radman, Z. (Ed). (2017). Before consciousness. On search of the fundamentals of the mind. Exeter, UK: imprint Academic

Wagemans, J. (Ed). (2015). The Oxford handbook of perceptual organization. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press

Whitney, S. N. (2016). Balanced ethics review. A guide for institutional review board members. Heidelberg, Switzerland: Springer

Willis, G. B. (2015). Analysis of the cognitive interview in questionnaire design. Oxford UK: Oxford University Press


Update to policy 

QJEP has made two changes to the existing policies. First, comments will be allowed to alleviate the problem that readers have few options to raise their concerns (or support) about an article published in QJEP. Comments are short (1000 words at most), deal with articles published in QJEP or with general issues faced by psychological researchers, and will be published at the end of an issue. Normally they will not go to reviewers but be decided upon at the Editorial level. Given our experiences at the Meetings of the Experimental Psychology Society, it is our conviction that such commentaries can become a vital and very informative part of the journal.

We also discovered that many readers miss the Book Reviews section, which had to be dropped a few years ago because the publication lag was becoming too long. Now that the journal has many more pages (and could further extend if needed), there is an opportunity to revitalise that part. Philip Quinlan kindly accepted to be the new Book Review Editor of the journal and readers are invited to send him suggestion of must-be-reviewed books. More importantly, readers who want to help making this section a success, are invited to send in their names as possible reviewers (please also include your subjects of expertise/interest).


QJEP currently has the following special issue calls active. More details are available on the Journal website:

Language, emotion and decision making

Guest editors: Albert Costa, Boaz Keysar and Jon Andoni Dunabeitia

Deadline for submissions: 30 April 2017

Decision making involves many different aspects of cognition, and often reveal a trade-off between intuitive and rational forces. In recent years, several studies have shown that a seemingly irrelevant aspect of the decision making scenario has a dramatic effect in individuals' choices; namely the language in which the decision making problems are presented to the individual. More specifically, whether the problems are presented in the native or foreign language of the participants can affect their decisions. A first set of published studies revealed that when confronting problems presented in a foreign language, participant's choices seem to be less affected by heuristic biases than when the same problems are presented in the native language. For example, participants show a reduction in loss aversion and risk aversion when different  economic decisions are presented in a foreign language, consequently behaving in a more normative manner, at least from the expected value afforded by the different options. A second set of studies extended these observations to contexts in which moral judgements are required. These studies reveal that participants tend to make more utilitarian judgements in their foreign language. Also, using a foreign language leads to less severe negative judgements when assessing moral transgressions. Finally, using a foreign language also affects the way individuals integrate feedback and infer causal relationships, leading to a reduction of the hot-hand effect and the illusion of causality.

Despite these pervasive effects of foreign language on individuals' decision processes, the origin of the foreign language effect is still under debate. The aim of this special issue is to bring a collection of studies that presents novel data that helps to constrain the various potential explanations of this phenomenon.

Members Announcements

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Society for Improving Psychological Science (SIPS)

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Online Resource for Speakers

A new outreach/public engagement initiative that can be accessed by, and for, psychologists www.speakezee.org. The resource allows researchers to identify their areas of expertise and background.

20th Conference of the European Society for Cognitive Psychology (ESCoP)

Potsdam, Germany, 3-6 September 2017

ESCoP is pleased to announce that the 20th Conference of the Society will take place in Potsdam, Germany from 3rd - 6th September 2017. The ESCoP conference is organised bi-annually and includes keynote lectures, symposia, oral and poster presentations. Abstract submissions close 30th April. The organisers invite submissions from across all subfields of cognitive psychology and related disciplines. Full details can be found on the website: http://www.escop2017.org/

New text from Royal Society Publishing - Language as a multimodal phenomenon: Implications for language learning, processing and evolution

Compiled and edited by Gabriella Vigliocco, Pamela Perniss, Robin L Thompson and David Vinson. The content can be accessed at http://bit.ly/PTB1651. A print version is also available at the special price of £35.00. You can order online via the above web page (enter special code TB1651 when prompted) or alternatively contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

New text from Royal Society Publishing - Language in developmental and acquired disorders

Organised and edited by Dorothy M Bishop, Kate Nation and Karalyn Patterson. The content can be accessed at http://biy.ly/1aVtxla. A print version is also available at the special price of £35.00. You can order online via the above web page (enter special code TB1634 when prompted) or alternatively contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it