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New video material of Andy Young’s Bartlett paper

Andy YoungIn what we hope will be the first in a series of commissioned video resources, Andy Young talks about the research and the ideas that are central to the 45th Bartlett Lecture on “Faces, people and the Brain”. This is now hosted here

We hope this resource will be useful to everyone from students to colleagues, and provide a helpful supplement to the paper itself. We should also note that, as part of the Journal partnership with SAGE, the Bartlett paper is free to view.

Andy’s Society Lecture is also available to members here

Forthcoming Workshop

Postgraduate/Postdoctoral Research Workshop: Gesture and technology. To be held at University of Warwick, 3 June 2018

Over the past decade, technologies such as motion trackers (e.g., Kinect, Leap Motion) and Virtual Reality headsets (e.g., Oculus Rift) have become increasingly accessible and affordable. However, such technologies have yet to be introduced in gesture studies, and gesture studies are often neglected in the development of applications for these technologies. For this workshop, gesture is defined as movement of the hands, body, head, and face. In gesture studies, the meaning of these movements is often studied in the context of communication. We will realise an interdisciplinary workshop that brings together gesture researchers and researchers who develop and work with advanced technologies to start the discussion of how such existing technologies could advance gesture studies, and how gesture studies can contribute to the development of useful applications. One could think of a body tracking system for patient monitoring to improve healthcare, or immersive learning experiences with augmented reality and gesture control for education. The workshop is open to researchers at all levels (EPS members and non-EPS members) and will enrich the gesture research community in the United Kingdom.

Organisers: Sotaru Kita and Suzanne Aussems

Forthcoming Workshop

Research Workshop: The future of social cognition. To be held at 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.

For more details: https://thefutureofsocialcognition.weebly.com

Organisers: Andrew Bayliss and Natalie Wyer

Forthcoming Workshop

Research Workshop: We are open! Reproducibility and replicability in psychology and experimental philosophy. To be held at University College London, 14-16 June 2018

The main aim of the Workshop ” Open Science, Open Philosophy?” is to bring together psychologists, philosophers and cognitive scientists who aim to increase the openness, integrity, and reproducibility of their research. The conference will introduce concepts and methods of open science to an interdisciplinary audience working on psychological and philosophical topics, and provide a platform for debate around replicability and reproducibility. By organising this workshop, our aim is to foster a more reflective attitude towards research in the empirical sciences and philosophy, and to stimulate methodological improvements.

Organisers: David Shanks, David Lagnado and Pascale Willemson

Forthcoming Workshop

Postgraduate/Postdoctoral Workshop: Metacognition of actions, causes and effects. To be held at University College London, 21-22 June 2018

Metacognition — the ability to monitor and evaluate one’s own cognitive processes — is key to many aspects of human cognition and behaviour. It allows us to evaluate our performance and detect when we have made a mistake, to assess our own knowledge state in an uncertain world, and to use that information in order to guide our future actions and decisions.

This two-day workshop brings together researchers interested in the metacognitive aspects of how we act on, and interact with, the world around us. This is a broad topic, ranging from counterfactual reasoning about what might have been had we acted differently, to sense of agency, ownership, and control over our own actions, to how we monitor and represent our confidence in our own perceptions and actions, to how we learn about the world by intervening upon it. As such, 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 metacognition and action.

Organisers: Brianna Beck and Eoin Travers

Member News

Obituaries

It is with great sadness that we record the following deaths:

Anne Treisman, February 2018. Anne was a recipient of the EPS Frederic Bartlett Prize award in 1987. Her Bartlett lecture can be found here:

http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/02724988843000104

 

Peter Venables, April 2017. Peter was elected and served as Honorary Secretary of the EPS in 1965-1967 and President of the EPS in 1969-1970.

Peter Venables

Annette Karmiloff-Smith, December 2016. Annette was a recipient of the EPS Frederic Bartlett Prize award in 2012.

 

Anyone interested in writing an obituary in respect of any of the above, for the website/newsletter is welcome to contact the Hon Secretary for more details.

Journal News

Update to journal format

QJEP has made changes to the existing format of two types of journal article – comments and book reviews.

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).

Forthcoming Workshop

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