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New on the CNS Blog: Aging Amplifies the Retention of Irrelevant Info in Our Memory

In the 1990s, research led by Lynn Hasher, then at Duke University, identified some stark differences in how older and younger adults interpret narrative passages. They found that when reading passages, older adults form the same inferences that young adults do and when interpretations turn out to be wrong, both groups are able to correct their understanding. However, unlike young adults, older adults do not abandon their first interpretation. These findings led to the development of the Inhibitory Deficit Theory, which, among other ideas, posits that older adults have trouble "deleting" information from memory once it is no longer relevant for current task goals. Buchsbaum and colleagues recently revisited the theory in a new study in the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience. Using fMRI and multivoxel pattern analysis, they wanted to examine how memories are selected and inhibited in working memory as people age. They found that indeed older adults retained irrelevant information in their memory longer than the younger participants. Read the Q & A with Buchsbaum.

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Positions Available:
Faculty Positions
Faculty Position

Tenure-Track Faculty Position in Human Neuroscience

Human Neuroscience

Department of Psychology and Neuroscience Program

Hamilton College

The Psychology Department at Hamilton College invites applications for a tenure-track position in Human Neuroscience at the Assistant Professor level (PhD or ABD required) beginning July 1, 2021. We especially seek candidates with interests in social, affective, and clinical neuroscience. The teaching load will be the equivalent of five courses per year, including some combination of Introductory Psychology, Fundamentals of Human Neuroscience, topical and laboratory courses in the candidate's specialty area, and supervision of student research projects. Candidates from underrepresented groups in higher education are especially encouraged to apply.

The Psychology Department, consisting of nine faculty members, has a strong tradition of excellence in teaching and research, and is housed in a state-of-the-art unified science center. Please visit our websites at and for additional information about the Psychology Department and Neuroscience Program. 

Applicants should submit the following: (1) cover letter (addressed to Dr. Jennifer Borton, Psychology Department Chair), (2) curriculum vita, (3) statement of teaching philosophy and experience, (4) research statement, (5) statement that describes how the candidate's teaching, scholarship, and/or service would engage and sustain Hamilton's commitment to diversity and inclusion, and (6) the names and information for three references who have agreed to provide letters of recommendation upon request. We seek candidates who can demonstrate their experience in teaching or working with diverse student populations. Submit all materials to Interfolio at Review of applications will begin October 1, 2020.

Hamilton College ( is a residential liberal arts college located in scenic upstate New York. Applicants with dual-career considerations can find other Hamilton and nearby academic job listings at Hamilton College is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer and is committed to diversity in all areas of the campus community (see Hamilton provides domestic partner benefits.

Postdoctoral Positions

Postdoctoral Position

Postdoctoral Position in the Cognitive Neuroscience of ASD  

MIND Institute/Department of Psychiatry

University of California, Davis

The Solomon lab invites applicants for a postdoctoral research position in the cognitive neuroscience of autism. The postdoctoral researcher will play an integral role in overseeing the collection and analysis of functional and structural magnetic resonance imaging data for Dr. Marjorie Solomon's NIH-funded ACE Center project that is a clinical trial comparing the efficacy of cognitive behavior therapy versus medication versus pill placebo and an NIH-funded study investigating internalizing disorders in children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder. During data collection, the fellow also may analyze and publish data from the Lab's other grants that investigate cognitive control, memory, and emotion processing in children, adolescents, and young adults with autism spectrum disorder. The position also includes opportunities for the postdoctoral researcher to participate in clinically-oriented activities in the Solomon Lab and at the MIND Institute.

The Solomon Lab ( is located at the UC Davis MIND Institute ( ), a collaborative international research center committed to the awareness, understanding, prevention, care and cures of neurodevelopmental disorders. Dr. Solomon is the Associate Director of the UC Davis Imaging Research Center ( ), which houses a Siemens Trio 3-Tesla scanner. The job will include participation in the MIND Institute's ACE Center meetings to learn about team science. 

Applicants must have a PhD in cognitive neuroscience, psychology, or a related field prior to start date and a strong interest in studying autism spectrum disorder. Experience in behavioral and neuroimaging experimental design and data analysis and strong writing skills are required; strong computational skills and/or expertise in neuroimaging methods preferred.
If interested, contact Marie Krug, PhD ( Please include a CV and a statement of research interests.


Postdoctoral Position

Postdoctoral Position in the Kahnt Lab

Human Learning and Decision Making 
Department of Neurology

Northwestern University (Chicago Campus)

The Kahnt Lab at Northwestern University is looking to fill an open postdoc position. The ideal candidate will be team-oriented, self-driven, and brings a unique perspective and background to the lab. We study the neural systems that support learning, decision making, and olfaction in humans. Experimental techniques include functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), diffusion MRI (dMRI), olfactory psychophysics, and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). We utilize advanced data analysis techniques including multi-voxel pattern analysis (MVPA) and encoding models, and we link behavioral and neural data using computational modeling. Our research also aims to better understand the neural basis of behavioral deficits in neuropsychiatric conditions, including substance use disorder and dementia. 

Full Job Description:

Please send your application package (personal statement, CV, 1-3 selected publications) as a single PDF to Thorsten Kahnt (

Graduate Student Positions

Graduate Student Position

Funded PhD candidate position at the BCBL

BCBL, Basque Center on Cognition, Brain & Language

The BCBL is offering a predoctoral position to work on a PhD funded project to investigate the effects of bilingualism on language development in the first years of life. The PhD student will join the Infant Language and Cognition group to work under the supervision of Dr. Marina Kalashnikova.

Applicants should have a Master's (or equivalent Honours) degree in Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience, Linguistics, and/or neighboring areas. The applicants must demonstrate excellent written and oral communication skills in English (knowledge of Spanish and/or Basque is not a requirement). Previous experimental experience in developmental research is an asset (but not required).
The successful PhD student will have access to the BCBL BabyLab, which is fully equipped for conducting behavioural and neurophysiological research with young infants and children and has access to an extensive database of monolingual and bilingual families. The student's responsibilities will include the design and implementation of a research project under the supervision of Dr. Kalashnikova and contribution to the collaborative research activities of the group by recruiting and testing infant participants, analysing behavioural and neurophysiological data, and preparing research reports for journal publication and presentations at national and international conferences. The candidate must have excellent communication skills, be able to interact well with scientific colleagues, and work well both independently and as part of a team.


Graduate Student Position

Funded PhD candidate position at the BCBL

BCBL, Basque Center on Cognition, Brain & Language

The BCBL is offering a predoctoral position to work on a PhD funded project to investigate metacognitive functions using real-time functional MRI. The PhD student will join the Consciousness group to work under the supervision of David Soto.

Applicants should have an honours and a Masters degree in Computer Science, Machine Learning, Engineering, Neuroscience, or other relevant area. They must have a strong interest in consciousness and cognition coupled with strong computational skills in Python. Experience with state-of-the art neuroimaging techniques would be an advantage but not required. However, the applicant must demonstrate knowledge and experience in the implementation of machine learning models in Python and a keen interest in mastering neuroimaging methods. The candidate must also demonstrate an excellent knowledge of English both written and oral. The duties of the post-holder will be (i) design and implement psychophysical tasks and neuroimaging protocols, identify improvements and/or propose new analysis pipelines under the supervision of the Principal Investigator (ii) recruiting and testing healthy young adult participants (iii) analysing neuroimaging and behavioural data (iv) writing reports for publication in international reputable journals (v) presenting results at internal lab meetings, national, and international conferences. The candidate must have excellent communication skills, be able to interact well with scientific colleagues, and work well both independently and as part of a team. Excellent coding, analytical and presentation skills are highly desirable.

General Positions

General Announcement

Contents Alert for JEMR's Special Thematic Issue

Journal of Eye Movements Research

Dear Colleagues, 

On behalf of the Journal of Eye Movement Research, it is my pleasure to announce that Part 1 of the Special Thematic Issue on "Microsaccades: Empirical Research and Methodological Advances" is now complete, comprising 14 articles by research teams around the world. Contributions include the characterization of fixational eye movements and saccadic intrusions in neurological impairments and in visual disease, methodological developments in microsaccade detection, the measurement of fixational eye movements in applied and ecological scenarios, and advances in the current understanding of the relationship between microsaccades and cognition. 
We invite you to read the Table of Contents below, and download articles of interest:
* Microsaccades: Empirical Research and Methodological Advances - Introduction to Part 1 of the Thematic Special Issue Susana Martinez-Conde, Ralf Engbert, Rudolf Groner
* Microsaccades distinguish looking from seeing Eva Krueger, Andrea Schneider, Ben Sawyer, Alain Chavaillaz, Andreas Sonderegger, Rudolf Groner, Peter Hancock
* Anticipation of cognitive conflict is reflected in microsaccades: Evidence from a cued-flanker task Mario Dalmaso, Luigi Castelli, Giovanni Galfano
* Motion tracking of iris features to detect small eye movements Aayush K. Chaudhary, Jeff B. Pelz
* VisME: Visual microsaccades explorer Tanja Munz, Lewis L. Chuang, Sebastian Pannasch, Daniel Weiskopf
* Microsaccades and covert attention: Evidence from a continuous, divided attention task Aimee Elizabeth Ryan, Brendan Keane, Guy Wallis
* Microsaccades reflect the dynamics of misdirected attention in magic Anthony S. Barnhart, Francisco M. Costela, Susana Martinez-Conde, Stephen L. Macknik, Stephen D. Goldinger
* Saccadic intrusions in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) Wolfgang Becker, Martin Gorges, Dorothée Lulé, Elmar Pinkhardt, Albert Christian Ludolph, Jan Kassubek
* Fixational eye movement waveforms in amblyopia: Characteristics of fast and slow eye movements Sarah Linda Kang, Sinem B. Beylergil, Jorge Otero-Millan, Aasef Shaikh, Fatema Ghasia
* Effects of visual blur on microsaccades during visual exploration Sherry Tang, Peggy Skelly, Jorge Otero-Millan, Jonathan Jacobs, Jordan Murray, Aasef G. Shaikh, Fatema F. Ghasia
* Reliability and correlates of intra-individual variability in the oculomotor system Marlou Nadine Perquin, Aline Bompas
* Can microsaccade rate predict drug response? Tom Stafford, Paul G. Overton, Elliot Hampsey
* What makes a microsaccade? A review of 70 years research prompts a new detection method Anna-Katharina Hauperich, Laura K. Young, Hannah E. Smithson
* Microsaccade generation requires a foveal anchor Jorge Otero-Millan, Rachel E Langston, Francisco Costela, Stephen L Macknik, Susana Martinez-Conde
* Microsaccades in applied environments: Real-world applications of fixational eye movement measurements Robert G Alexander, Stephen L Macknik, Susana Martinez-Conde
Part 2 of the Special Thematic Issue is already in progress and articles there will be published immediately after acceptance.
Thank you for your interest and best wishes,
Susana Martinez Conde, Ralf Engbert, & Rudolf Groner, editors of the Special Thematic Issue

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General Announcement



Neural Correlate Society


We are happy to announce the 16th edition of world's Best Illusion of the YearSM Contest!! Submissions are now welcome!  
In 2015, the Best Illusion of the YearSM Contest became an annual online event, with the goal of bringing the creativity of the illusion creator community all around the world. Anybody with an internet connection can now participate! No matter where you live, you can be a contestant, and/or vote for the Top 3 winners!

We thank the Museum of Mind, Gold Sponsor of the 2020 Best Illusion of the Year Contest, for its generous support. 

Contestants are invited to submit 1-minute YouTube or mp4 videos featuring novel illusions (unpublished, or published no earlier than 2019) of all sensory modalities (visual, auditory, etc.) and/or cognitive nature.

The content of the 1-minute video presenting your illusion is solely up to you, and the only requirement is that it wows all viewers! Some examples include, but are not limited to:

* A slide presentation, or succession of images, with a voice over (and/or written text, if you prefer)
* A video of yourself describing your illusion
* A video animation/theatrical performance of your illusion

An international panel of impartial judges will rate all the videos and narrow them down to the Top 10. Then, online voters around the world will choose their favorite illusions from the Top 10 finalists. All Top 10 finalists will receive a commemorative plaque. In addition, the Top 3 winners will receive cash prizes: $3,000 USD for first place; $2,000 USD for second place, and $1,000 USD for third place.

The Judge Panel will rate illusions according to:
* Significance to our understanding of the human mind and brain
* Simplicity of the description
* Sheer beauty
* Counterintuitive quality
* Spectacularity

Submissions will be held in strict confidence by the Judge Panel. Only the Top 10 illusions will be posted online, to allow worldwide voting. Participation in the Best Illusion of the YearSM Contest does not preclude you from also submitting your work for publication elsewhere. By participating in the Best Illusion of the YearSM Contest you agree to have your illusion posted on the Contest website, if selected among the Top 10, and included in press releases and other promotional materials/fundraising initiatives for the Contest. You (and your co-authors, if appropriate) will retain the full copyright of your illusion and receive full credit as illusion creator(s).

Illusions submitted to previous editions of the contest can be re-submitted to the 2020 Contest, as long as they meet the above requirements and were not among the Top 10 finalists in previous years.

You can send your 1-minute video to Susana Martinez-Conde via email ( until August 7th, 2020.

On behalf of the Executive Board of the Neural Correlate Society:
Jose-Manuel Alonso, Stephen Macknik, Susana Martinez-Conde, Luis Martinez, Xoana Troncoso, Peter Tse

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