Call for NVP symposium proposals

We invite proposals for the next NVP Mini Symposium, to be held in Fall/Winter 2016. NVP Mini Symposia are small symposia that are organized biannually, in years when the NVP Winter Conference is not held. The symposium topic should be relevant to the field of psychonomics, and consist of three or four talks to fill an afternoon (e.g. 13h-18h). We encourage proposals with special attention to a topic with a strong Dutch tradition. During the coffee break there will be a poster session for graduate students. The symposium will be concluded with drinks and awarding the poster prize.

There will be budget available to invite speakers (max. 1 international speaker). The NVP board can provide assistance in organizing the symposium, e.g. logistics.

Proposals should include:

  • The title of the symposium
  • Organizers and their affiliations
  • The topic’s importance to the discipline of psychonomics (150 words)
  • Suggested speakers (3 or 4)

Deadline for submission is June 30, 2016. Please submit your proposal to For further information, contact

Symposium on multitasking in Groningen

Dear colleagues and students,

We would like to invite you to join our symposium on Multitasking here in Groningen, The Netherlands, on June 23, 2016.

Multitasking becomes ever more pervasive in everyday life. It is therefore important to have a better understanding of how the human brain processes multiple tasks. This can help us predict whether any given combination of tasks go well together. Furthermore it is important to know the nature of choice in multitasking: when do people choose to take on a secondary task, or decide to switch from one task to another. A better understanding can help to improve human-computer interaction, and to make people aware of how they can improve their own multitasking.

The symposium features a series of talks by international experts in the field and will be concluded with a panel-discussion around the question of what we have learned from research on multitasking and interruptions so far.

Registration is free and open until June 16.

For more information go to or send an email to

We are looking forward to seeing you at the symposium!

Katja Mehlhorn & Niels Taatgen

PhD position at Ghent University

We are seeking a highly motivated PhD student for a 4-year project on instruction following and its implementation in the human brain. An outline of the general project can be obtained upon request. The PhD research will be supervised by Tom Verguts (Ghent University, and Durk Talsma (Ghent University, The supervisors are specialized in cognitive control and instruction following, with methodological focus in resp. computational modeling and EEG.

Candidates should have a master’s degree in psychology, (cognitive) neuroscience, or a related discipline on the starting date. He or she will carry out behavioral and EEG experiments, potentially combined with computational modeling (depending on the candidate’s interests).

Experience with behavioral experimentation and EEG (programming, data collection, data analysis) is a strong benefit but not a must. In any case, the candidate must be highly motivated to learn such skills.

The starting date is October 2016 at the latest. Salary is according to standard Belgian regulations. Although the official language at Ghent University is Dutch, knowledge of Dutch is not required, and in general the research environment is strongly internationally oriented.

Interested candidates should send a CV, motivation letter, and two (email) addresses of potential referees to Informal inquiries can also be sent via email. Candidates will be considered until the position is filled.

For more information about the Department of Experimental Psychology, see

NVP Winterconference Update

Dear Members of the NVP,

We are happy to announce that this year’s Winter Conference is a record breaker in terms of submitted abstracts. We will sport:

  • 4 keynote lectures
  • 28 symposium presentations
  • 56 oral presentations
  • approx. 170 poster presentations

If you have submitted an abstract, you will be notified by the end of this week (21 November latest) whether your abstract is accepted as a poster or a talk. Please note that because of the high volume of submissions with preference for a talk, and the limited number of time slots for talks, we can only accommodate ~50% of the preferences for talks.


EPOS Practical course: “Positive Journal Interactions”

EPOS Practical course: “Positive Journal Interactions

Location: Hotel Zuiderduin, Egmond aan Zee

Time: 17 December 9:00 am – 2:00 pm (just before the beginning of the NVP Winter Conference)

Teacher: Eric-Jan Wagenmakers (

Course description: Whether you like it or not, interactions with academic journals are a pivotal part of your scientific career. In this short course Eric-Jan Wagenmakers discusses some guidelines that will help you produce constructive reviews, attractive papers, and compelling cover letters. All concepts are illustrated with concrete, real-life examples. Students are encouraged to send questions for discussion.

Lunch at 17/12 is included. If you need accommodation in the hotel on the 16th, you can make a reservation directly with the hotel for 47.50/pers (twin room) or 65.00/pers (individual room). This price includes breakfast buffet and use of the swimming pool and sauna.

Credit: 1 ECTS

For information on pricing and registration, see

Deadline for registration 3 December