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Forthcoming EPS Research Workshops

Perturbing and enhancing perception and action using oscillatory neural stimulation. To be held at MRC-CBU Cambridge, 18-19 January 2018 - organisers Matt Davis and Benedikt Zoefel.

Oscillatory brain activity may provide a fundamental mechanism for coordinating neural activity with the continuous sensory stream or for efficient "communication" between distant brain regions. However, there is a lack of robust evidence that demonstrates a causal rather than epiphenomenal role for neural oscillations. Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and transcranial electrical stimulation (TES) provide important methods for perturbing or enhancing neural oscillations so as to demonstrate a causal role of neural oscillations in perception and action.

The aim of this meeting is to bring together researchers and to improve our knowledge of the effect of these brain stimulation methods on neural activity. Presentations will explore new measures of their impact on neural oscillations, perception and action.

More information can be found on the following website: http://www.mrc-cbu.cam.ac.uk/pepa


The probabilistic brain. To be held at Durham University, 23-24 March 2018 - organiser Marko Nardini.

Probabilistic approaches to learning, perceiving and acting are at the core of highly influential theoretical neuroscience proposals, including the "probabilistic  brain", the "predictive brain" and the brain as an optimiser of "cost functions". Making connections in this rapidly developing field is challenging since researchers are using different methods, studying the brain at different levels of analysis, and do not attend the same meetings.

The aim of this workshop is to facilitate dialogue among researchers at the frontier of this new field, to identify gaps in our current models and approaches, and to shape the future agenda for research.

For more details: http://tinyurl.com/tbp2018


The multi-faceted body: Updates into body representation and embodiment. To be held at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, 29 June 2018 - organisers Elisa Ferre, Anna Sedda and Gianna Cocchini.

Whatever object we might encounter in our life, our encounter with our own body is never the same. It might not be surprising therefore, that few issues in experimental psychology have encountered such interest as how the brain represents our body.

No comprehensive view has developed on how the brain represents the body. This might be related to the methodological constraints in researching this area: as William James stated " our body is always there". Additionally, there has always been a scarce dialogue between different approaches in the study of body representation. Remarkably, however, the future of research in body representation would have to integrate lab-based research, clinical approaches and the development of new technologies, such as virtual reality embodiment.

A novel focus within the workshop will be to treat body representation with a multidisciplinary multifaceted approach, organizing a network between experts with the aim of communicating findings and sharing paradigms, considering the needs of the different settings, and finally promoting awareness in other disciplines.


Forthcoming EPS Postgraduate/Postdoctoral Workshops

Methodological advances in interactive social gaze research: From the lab to the real world. To be held at University College London, 12-13 February 2018 - organisers Indu Dubey, Roser Canigueral and Alexandra Georgescu.

From antiquity to today, scientists have acknowledged the importance of eye-gaze in understanding human social behaviour. Whether someone looks at people or objects, attractive or angry faces, and how often or how long they fixate on them can tell us a lot about their mental state, motivation and social behaviours. As gaze behaviour is generally automatic, it provides a reliable and objective measure of affective state, behavioural intentions and subjective social preferences.

Traditional studies of social gaze behaviour have used extremely controlled and artificial laboratory settings, which lack  generalization to the complex world we live in. However, a recent theoretical account proposes that in the real world eye gaze has a dual function: the eyes both seek out useful information from the environment (an encoding function) and can reveal one's perceptual states to others (a signalling function). Understanding the dual function of social eye gaze and its impact on socio-cognitive processes can e extremely valuable to decipher complex human interactions, but at the same time poses new theoretical and methodological challenges.

This 2-day event aims to bring together researchers from different backgrounds to discuss novel theoretical and methodological frameworks that can channel the complexity of the dual function of eye gaze in the real world into a coherent approach. It is hoped that this discussion will outline clear directions for future research and help advance cognitive theories of human social interactions.

For more details: http://interactive-eye-gaze.weebly.com/


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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.


  • 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. In search of the fundamentals of the mind. Exeter, UK: imprint Academic
  • Rolls, E. T. (2016). Cerebral cortex: Principles of Operation. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press
  • 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).


Members Announcements

The EPS makes no representations or warranties in relation to Members' announcements.

Society for the Improvement of Psychological Science (SIPS)

If you want to join the mailing list for the Society for Improving Psychological Science (SIPS) you can follow this link: http://improvingpsych.org/ by copying and pasting into your browser.

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.

Royal Institution - Christmas Lectures

This year, the Royal Institution Christmas lectures will be delivered by EPS member Professor Sophie Scott, on 'The language of life'.

This will be aired on BBC 4 between Christmas and New Year.

As the Royal Institution describes it, "Professor Sophie Scott will take us on a fascinating journey through one of the fundamentals of human and animal life: the unstoppable urge to communicate".

For more information about this event, see: http://www.rigb.org/christmas-lectures/2017-the-language-of-life