Research Workshop: Decision-Making in Voluntary Action was due to take place at University College London between 23-24th April 2020. This workshop will be reorganised for a future date and we will announce the new dates as soon as possible.
Voluntary agents are capable of meaningfully interacting with the environment to achieve their goals. Such ability crucially depends on the integration of endogenous intentions and desires with processing information and making decisions about the environment in which an agent dwells.
The aim of this two-day meeting is to bring together researchers from the fields of voluntary action control and decision-making to achieve a better understanding of how low-level perceptual decisions and higher-order intentional control processes interact in daily-life voluntary actions. The talks will cover a variety of topics, including the neural mechanisms underlying voluntary speed-accuracy trade-off regulation, disorders of voluntary action, the factors driving exploitatory vs exploratory behaviour and the neural mechanisms mediating the interaction between low-level perceptual processes and higher-order intentions. We hope that this workshop will provide an opportunity for researchers to share new ideas and perspectives across these domains, and to inspire new directions in how we think about voluntary action as the ability to endogenously regulate decision-making processes.
Places at this workshop are free of charge, but strictly limited, and attendees are expected to present a poster communicating some of their work on the theme of the workshop. If you would like attend, please fill out the form below, and include the title and abstract of the poster you wish to present.
If you have any questions, please contact the organisers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Organisers: Dr Elisabet Parés-Pujolràs and Dr Eoin Travers
EPS Online Meeting: 2 July 2020
As announced in the April newsletter, the meeting due to be held in July at Swansea University has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, we will be running a special one-day online EPS event on 2nd July. This meeting will include a collection of live invited keynote talks, covering different research areas of experimental psychology.
We are also inviting researchers to submit abstracts for a poster presentation (which will be showcased in an OSF repository alongside an optional 3-minute ‘talk-through’, and opportunity for one-to-one discussion via Zoom). Please note that presentations can take the form of either a traditional research poster presenting complete empirical work, or a research plan poster presenting plans for studies yet to be undertaken (see Submit an Abstract for guidance on the new research plan posters). Given the exceptional circumstances this year, the committee has agreed to allow a poster presentation at this online conference to count towards eligibility for membership applications (i.e. fulfilling the require to ‘have presented an oral presentation to a meeting of the Society’).
Finally, we will run an online speed mentoring session to link junior scientists with more senior scientists. More details and a signup link will be available in June.
The submission portal for poster presentations is now closed.
EPS Meeting: University College London. January 2021
This meeting will include the 49th Bartlett Lecture by Chris Frith (with an accompanying symposium organised by Steve Fleming), the 19th Mid-Career Prize Lecture by Michael Anderson (with an accompanying symposium organised by Pierre Gagnepain) and the 9th EPS Frith Prize Lecture by Emma James.
Local organiser: Jo Taylor
The submission portals will open at 10am on Monday 7th September 2020.
EPS Meeting: University of Plymouth. April 2021
This meeting will include the 18th Mid-Career Prize Lecture by Matthew Rushworth with an accompanying symposium. This meeting will also include a British Science Association / EPS Undergraduate Project Prize talk by the 2020 winner, Lenard Dome of Plymouth University.
Local organiser: Alastair Smith
Research workshop: ‘Body-up’: Current trends and future directions on embodiment and social interaction. Perspectives from comparative, social & experimental psychology, neuroscience and new technologies.
To be held at the Department of Biological & Experimental Psychology, Queen Mary University of London, Spring/Summer 2021 (TBC).
The capacity to effectively interact with others in a multimodal and constantly changing world generates positive impact on social, emotional and physical well-being. Many factors including biology, genetics, developmental experience, technology and the environment influence cognitive processes underlying social interaction. Looking for a common denominator in these factors, researchers have turned to our bodies, and propositions that our sensory experiences and the way we perceive and use our own body is crucial for enhancing our ability to connect with ourselves, others and the world have recently found increasing acceptance. As such, embodied social interaction has gained a place in the research agenda across multiple domains including comparative, social, cognitive, and clinical branches of psychology, as well as neuroscience and computer science. Each discipline has its own insights and methods but a comprehensive overview of how the body contributes to social interaction is missing.
The future of research in embodied social interaction would have to integrate lab-based and field research, clinical approaches and the development of new technologies. This one-day research workshop aims to facilitate the dialogue between these approaches and contribute towards a comprehensive view of how embodied social cognition has evolved and developed across species, and how the body and multimodal communication relate to social interaction and can initiate positive social change.
The event will be open and free to researchers of all levels. We will invite abstract submissions for short talks and posters. Submissions will be reviewed and selected based on relevance and soundness.
Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
● Theoretical issues and empirical studies of social cognition and interaction (e.g., empathy, social learning, compassion, prosocial behaviour)
● Evolutionary perspectives in social cognition and communication
● Embodied social cognition
● Verbal and nonverbal communication (e.g., gestures)
● Body-ownership and agency
● Body-representations and self-recognition
● Interoception and intersubjective relations
● Technology-based approaches to study social interaction (e.g., virtual and immersive technologies)
● Therapeutical and clinical applications (e.g., aphasia, Parkinson’s, ASD)
Organiser: Paraskevi Argyriou
EPS Meeting: Nottingham Trent University. July 2021
This meeting will include the 48th Bartlett Lecture by Susan Carey (with an accompanying symposium organised by Josep Call). This meeting will also include the 27th EPS Prize Lecture by Camilla Gilmore (with an accompanying symposium organised by Silke Goebel), and the 28th EPS Prize Lecture by Sarah Lloyd-Fox, with an accompanying symposium.
Local organiser: Duncan Guest
EPS Meeting: University College London. January 2022
Local organiser: to be advised
EPS Meeting: Keele University. April 2022
Local organiser: Jim Grange
EPS Meeting: University of Stirling. July 2022
Local organiser: to be advised