Future Meetings and Workshops

Research Workshop: Perturbing and enhancing perception and action using oscillatory neural stimulation. MRC-CBU Cambridge 18th – 19th January 2018

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

Organisers: Matt Davis and Benedikt Zoefel

Postgraduate/Postdoctoral Research Workshop: 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

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.

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/

Organisers: Indu Dubey, Roser Canigueral and Alexandra Georgescu

Research Workshop: The probabilistic brain. To be held at Durham University, 23-24 March 2018 

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

Organiser: Marko Nardini

EPS Meeting: University of Leicester, 18-20 April 2018

This meeting will include the Sixteenth Mid-Career Lecture by Professor Neil Burgess with an accompanying symposium organised by Aidan Horner entitled: ‘Spatial memory from neurophysiology to PTSD‘.

The Twenty Fifth EPS Prize Lecture by Professor Courtenay Norbury will also take place at this meeting, with an accompanying symposium: ‘New insights into child language and language disorders‘ organised by Kathy Rastle.

There will also be a local symposium organised by Kevin Paterson and Sarah White: ‘Developments in eye movement research on reading across the lifespan‘.

Local organisers Kevin Paterson and Sarah White.

We expect abstract submissions to open on approx 8 January 2018

Research Workshop: The future of social cognition.  Julian Study Centre, University of East Anglia, 14-15 June 2018 

The workshop brings together scholars from across psychology whose work is driving forward our understanding of social cognition. Recent research on social cognition has benefitted from theoretical and methodological integration from other areas of psychology. The workshop will therefore showcase the exciting work of researchers from experimental social psychology, cognitive neuroscience and related traditions. It is hoped that this forum will help to highlight opportunities for future advances for the field as it tackles core questions underpinning human social cognition and behaviour.

Organisers: Andrew Bayliss and Natalie Wyer.

Research Workshop: The multi-faceted body: Updates into body representation and embodiment. Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, 29 June 2018

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.

Organisers: Elisa Ferre, Anna Sedda and Gianna Cocchini

EPS/CSBBCS Meeting: St John’s, Canada, 4-7 July 2018

Background information about the July meeting can be found here: https://www.csbbcs.org/csbbcs-2018

In liaison with CSBBCS, we anticipate that the submission portal for this meeting will open early in the new year (February). The programme is likely to fill and submissions close before the Leicester meeting, in order to permit travel arrangements and meeting organisation. EPS members are advised to plan in advance for this meeting by preparing possible presentation material. More information will be provided to members as it becomes available.

The EPS will be sponsoring the following two symposia:

Interactions between selective attention and working memory‘ organised by Martin Eimer.

Experimental evidence of the interdependence between cognition and the social environment‘ organised by Doug Martin.

Local organiser Aimee Surprenant with liaison through Dr Anna Weighall

EPS Meeting: University College London, January, 2019

Local organisers: to be confirmed

EPS Meeting: University of Manchester, April, 2019

Local organisers: Andrew Stewart and Ellen Poliakoff

EPS Meeting: Bournemouth University, July, 2019

Local organisers: Peter Hills and Andy Johnson