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Small grants and study visits: open for open science!

The EPS committee have agreed to make explicit in the guidance for small grant and study visit  applicants that we welcome proposals that specify relevant open science practices. These awards are used for a wide variety of purposes and without being restrictive, we are simply encouraging applicants to frame their proposals in ways that help convince an audience of their potential value to applicants and the community.

Forthcoming Workshop

Research Workshop: Memory malleability over time. To be held at University of Kent. 10-11 January 2019

Traditional research into the neurocognitive mechanisms that underlie long-term memory has typically focused on how we encode information from a single exposure into memories that are then retrieved once in a test phase. Through these type of paradigms, we have learned a lot about the brain mechanisms that underlie memory for unique experiences. However, in real life, very similar experiences are often encoded multiple times, and memories are often retrieved/reactivated repeatedly. Recent evidence suggests that repeated encoding and retrieval can change memories in different ways. The aim of this workshop is to bring together researchers who investigate long-term memory malleability over time from different theoretical angles and using different cognitive neuroscience methodologies.

 Further information will be available in Autumn 2018.

Organisers: Zara Bergstrom and Robin Hellerstedt

Journal News

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

Research Workshop: Mapping the future for poor comprehender research: Taking stock and moving forward. To be held at University of York, 6-7 September 2018

Confirmed speakers include Professor Kate Nation, Professor Kate Cain

An estimated 5-10 per cent of children have specific comprehension problems despite good reading accuracy, and these difficulties often go undetected in the classroom. This workshop will bring researchers together to discuss ongoing research on current practices in assessment, identification and intervention for comprehension difficulties, and debate the utility of considering poor comprehenders as a distinct group.

The first day of the workshop will constitute talks aiming to reconcile previous approaches to poor comprehender research, and will consider the assessment and stability of reading comprehension, relevant language interventions, and new methodological approaches. Attendees are also invited to present posters.

The second day of the workshop will provide a forum for collaboration. The focus will be on combining existing data to directly address the issues discussed on Day 1. Those wishing to contribute data are invited to stay for the second day.

 For more details: https://sites.google.com/york.ac.uk/poor-comprehender-workshop/

Organiser: Jessie Ricketts

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).