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CNS Statement: Black Lives Matter

The Cognitive Neuroscience Society (CNS) stands against racism, hate, and injustice.  We affirm unequivocally that Black Lives Matter. CNS condemns all acts of discrimination and violence against Black people and other people of color. As an international organization, CNS is committed to the fight against racism, and to promoting inclusion and diversity in science and academia globally. Yet, we recognize we can and must do more.  Read the full statement here.


New on the CNS Blog: Beyond the Science: 4 Lessons Learned from the Kanwisher Award Talk

Hearing from luminaries in a scientist's field can have many benefits, as I learned during this year's CNS conference. As this year's recipient of the George A. Miller Prize in Cognitive Neuroscience, Nancy Kanwisher had the difficult job of delivering an effective award lecture over video conference. Despite the virtual format, her enthusiasm for research permeated throughout her lecture titled "Functional imaging of the human brain: A window into the organization of the human mind." It became obvious to me why Kanwisher was receiving this award, which recognizes people whose research has revolutionized the field of cognitive neuroscience. Her wealth of experience in the field offers rich lessons to graduate students like me. Re-watching her lecture via the "On Demand Video" feature, I homed in on four insights that went beyond her research, including the value of deep questions, the need to know the literature well, the power of collaboration, and the need for ongoing learning. Read the full guest post by Paula P. Brooks.

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Contestants are invited to submit 1-minute YouTube or mp4 videos featuring novel illusions (unpublished, or published no earlier than 2019) of all sensory modalities (visual, auditory, etc.)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

Faculty Position

Research Professor & Research Associate positions - BCBL

BCBL, Basque Center on Cognition, Brain & Language

The Basque Center on Cognition Brain and Language (San Sebastián, Basque Country, Spain) offers Research Professor & Research Associate positions in seven main broad areas or research:

- Language development across the life span
- Speech perception, production and disorder
- Reading and dyslexia
- Multilingualism
- Neurodegeneration, brain damage and rehabilitation
- Language and other cognitive systems
- Advanced methods in cognitive neuroscience

The Center promotes a rich research environment without substantial teaching obligations. It provides access to the most advanced behavioral and neuroimaging techniques, including 3 Tesla MRI, a whole-head MEG system, four ERP labs, a NIRS lab, a baby lab including an eyetracker, two eyetracking labs, and several well-equipped behavioral labs. There are excellent technical support staff and research personnel (PhD and postdoctoral students).

We are looking for cognitive neuroscientists or experimental psychologists with a background in psycholinguistics and/or neighboring cognitive neuroscience areas, computational modelers, and physicists and/or engineers with fMRI/MEG expertise.

These permanent positions are for researchers willing to develop a long-term scientific career in the Basque Country. This call is open both to stablished researchers as Research Associates, with 8 to 12 years of postdoctoral experience; and senior leading researchers as Research Professors, with longer research experience. The applicants must have their PhD completed before January 2012.

Applications from women researchers are specially welcome.

An acceptance letter Scientific Director of the host institution is mandatory. 

To submit your application please follow this link

Deadline: September 17, 2020, at 13:00, CET

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Postdoctoral Positions

Postdoctoral Position

Postdoctoral Position in Electrophysiology of Human Memory

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, NIH

The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke is seeking a full-time post-doctoral position focused on understanding the neural correlates of human memory. This position involves studies focused on analyzing and manipulating human intracranial electrophysiological signals, including single-unit activity, local field potentials, and electrocorticography (ECoG), captured from patients with medically refractory epilepsy and from patients receiving deep brain stimulation surgery. Post-doctoral fellows will join a laboratory aimed at understanding the neural mechanisms that underlie human episodic memory formation and decision making and at developing novel and innovative techniques to directly communicate with those circuits.

We are seeking candidates that are highly creative, motivated, and independent with a Ph.D. in neuroscience, biomedical engineering, or a related field. Candidates must have a strong research background, with a record of relevant publications. Candidates will be encouraged and expected to participate in independent laboratory research, and will be expected to write scholarly manuscripts. Candidates must be able to lead and work well in a team. Candidates should have strong computational, quantitative, and/or engineering skills, with proficiency in developing custom code (Matlab, Python, etc.) for data analysis preferred. Past medical research is not required, but candidates must be willing to perform experiments in a clinical setting. Candidates will interact with clinical staff, graduate students, research fellows, and must have excellent spoken and written English skills.  

Applicants should submit a brief statement of research activities and interests, a current CV, and names and contact information of at least three references. Salary will be commensurate with experience and accomplishments. To arrange a meeting with the PI and to send materials required for consideration for this appointment please contact Dr. Zaghloul at:

NIH, an agency of DHHS, is an equal opportunity employer. All employees are subject to background investigation.

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Postdoctoral Position

Post-Doctoral Position at Stanford University

Lewy Body Dementia and Parkinson's disease Dementia

Department of Neurology & Neurological Sciences

Stanford University

Do you want to help develop world-leading research to better diagnose and treat people suffering from Lewy Body Dementia and Parkinson's disease Dementia?
Successful applicants will have completed a PhD in neuroscience or a related field, and have a strong record of productivity that includes neurodegenerative, biomarker, or neuroimaging publications. Individuals with an interest in the cognitive and behavioral aspects of Parkinson's disease and Lewy Body Dementia are particularly encouraged to apply. Candidates will need a high level of experience in Statistics to both support other members of the group as well as to advance the overall aims of the lab through their own work. Position start date is negotiable.
Full description of post-doctoral position can be found here:
Interested applicants can send their CV, three letters of reference, and a cover letter describing their research interests and career goals to Dr. Kathleen Poston (

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Postdoctoral Position

Fellowship Available in Brain Aging


Harvard University

Explorations Into Human Brain Aging

Start date: August 1, 2020.

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral fellowship under the direction of Professor Randy Buckner in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University. The postdoctoral fellow is expected to contribute to research exploring brain aging that includes extensive measurements of the brain structure and function collected through neuroimaging and analysis of existing data sets to chart normal and clinical brain aging. Work will be conducted within the Harvard Center for Brain Science.

Strong applicants will have:

*A background in psychology, neuroscience, statistics, genetics or computer science.

*Experience using advanced statistical and modeling approaches to neuroimaging data analysis.

*Extensive background in data analysis including overcoming statistical challenges.

*Demonstrated ability to complete projects as evidenced by first-author publications.

*Excellent organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills.

*Programming skills (Matlab, Python, R, SPM, FSL, AFNI, or similar platforms).

*Data visualization skills.

The term of the appointment is two years with possible renewal depending on extramural funding. To apply, please submit a CV, cover letter that describes research interests, and a list of three references to Randy Buckner by email: Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position has been filled.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions or any other characteristic protected by law.

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Postdoctoral Position

Postdoctoral Fellowship - Desai Lab



University of South Carolina

Postdoctoral Fellow: Cognitive Neuroscience of Semantics. A post-doctoral research position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Rutvik Desai at the University of South Carolina, Department of Psychology. The lab focuses on cognitive neuroscience of language, semantic memory, and embodiment of concepts using neuroimaging, brain stimulation, patient studies, lesion-symptom mapping, and computational modeling. Excellent facilities for fMRI, TMS, tDCS, and eye tracking are available. The Fellow will have an exciting opportunity to pursue collaborative and self-directed projects at the Institute for Mind and Brain (

Candidates with a PhD in any of the cognitive sciences (e.g., Psychology, Neuroscience, Computer Science) are welcome to apply. A research background in cognitive neuroscience/cognitive science, relevant to semantic or language processing, is required. Expertise with fMRI (including MVPA), or brain stimulation (TMS or tDCS) is required. Experience in one or more of lesion-symptom mapping, behavioral testing or imaging of patient populations, EEG, connectionist modeling, or machine learning is also a positive, along with skills in programming and statistics (e.g., Python, Matlab, R). Salary will be commensurate with experience. Applications should include a CV, brief statement of research experience and interests, and names of three referees (who will be asked for a reference letter if necessary; actual letters are not required initially). Starting date around September 2020 is desirable, but is somewhat flexible. Applications should be sent to and will be assessed as they arrive.

The University of South Carolina is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. The University of South Carolina does not discriminate in educational or employment opportunities or decisions for qualified persons on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation or veteran status.

Postdoctoral Position

Postdoc in Affective Neuroscience

Center for Brain, Biology, and Behavior


University of Nebraska-Lincoln

The Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience Lab at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (PI: Maital Neta) invites applications for a full-time Postdoctoral Researcher (start date negotiable). The lab uses neuroimaging (fMRI, resting state fMRI), psychophysiology, behavioral techniques, and network analyses to examine individual differences in emotion processing and emotion regulation.

The successful candidate will have completed a PhD in psychology, neuroscience, or a related field and have a strong publication record that includes neuroimaging studies, preferably with a focus on using fMRI to examine theoretically relevant questions in cognitive psychology and emotion in particular. Candidates with substantial prior experience with advanced MRI methods (e.g., resting state MRI, MVPA, network modeling), and with eye tracking are uniquely attractive. Strong technical skills are preferred, including competence in several programming environments, and familiarity with programs such as E- prime, SPSS, R, Matlab, Python, AFNI, SPM, FSL, and Unix is especially valued but not required and otherwise would be learned on the job.

The lab is funded by the NIMH and NSF, and is housed in the Center for Brain, Biology, & Behavior at UNL (, which has a state-of-the-art Brain Imaging Center and a 3T MRI scanner dedicated for research. Beyond having access to the scanner, the postdoctoral fellow will also have access to with EEG/ERP, fNIRS, tDCS, virtual reality, mobile psychophysiology, eye-tracking (many of which can be measured both in and out of the MRI scanner), as well as several other cutting-edge techniques.

To apply, please fill out the application form at here or You will need your CV and the contact information for three references. Review of applications will begin immediately and proceed on a rolling basis. Please also feel free to contact Maital Neta ( for more information.

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Research Assistant Positions

Research Assistant Position

Lab Manager Position in the Bakkour Lab at The University of


The University of Chicago 

The laboratory of Akram Bakkour will be established in the Department of Psychology at The University of Chicago in July 2020. We are searching for a Lab Manager to join the team. Research in the Bakkour Memory and Decision Lab ( focuses on the cognitive and neural mechanisms by which memory contributes to and is influenced by decision-making. The research tools and techniques used by the Bakkour Lab include behavioral studies (in person and online), functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), eyetracking, and neuropsychological studies in special patient populations (e.g., amnesic patients, patients with Parkinson's Disease, and patients with eating disorders such as Anorexia Nervosa). 

We seek a Lab Manager to help establish the new lab in Chicago both administratively and scientifically. This individual will help develop and oversee compliance policies and protocols (IRBs), order and set up lab equipment and supplies, recruit participants (including patients in coordination with clinical units), maintain participant records (e.g., consent forms, screening forms), help design and maintain the lab website, schedule lab meetings, and perform other day-to-day lab management tasks. In addition to these administrative responsibilities, this individual will also conduct research under the guidance and supervision of the Principal Investigator, including an independent project (which will involve conceptualization, data collection, analysis, presentation of results, writing, and paper submission). Other research responsibilities include training and assisting lab members with data collection and technical troubleshooting. This is a particularly exciting opportunity for someone who wants to be part of a growing team where they are valued for their scientific as well as their managerial contribution. This position will provide useful training for individuals who are considering graduate school.

This is a one-year position, but a commitment of two years is strongly preferred. There will be the possibility of renewal on a yearly basis beyond the initial two years. The start date will ideally be between 7/1/2020 and 10/1/2020. Review of applications will start immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

The successful applicant must be eligible to work in the United States and have a Bachelor's degree (or higher) in psychology, neuroscience, cognitive science, or a related field. Candidates must have strong technical qualifications including proficiency in programming (e.g., Python, JavaScript, MATLAB), working knowledge of statistics (e.g., running basic statistical tests in R, Python, Julia), and fluency in office productivity software (e.g., word processor, slide presentations, spreadsheets). Candidates must be organized and detail-oriented, able to exercise good judgement and take initiative, able to work independently as well as collaboratively, and possess excellent communication skills. Knowledge of human research protocols (IRBs, consent forms, HIPAA) is preferred, but not required. Prior research experience (especially in a cognitive neuroscience lab studying memory and/or decision making) is also preferred.

How to apply: 
Please email the following (preferably in a single PDF) to Dr. Bakkour (

1. A brief cover letter describing your research interest, your technical skills, your past research experience (if any), and why this position is right for you.
2. Your CV.
3. Contact information of 3 professional references (e.g., past research mentors, professors).

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Research Assistant Position

Full-time lab manager position, fMRI, Cog. Psych. lab

Spatial navigation, cognitive psychology, fMRI, neuroscience


University of Florida

The Spatial Cognition and Navigational Neuroscience (SCANN) Laboratory at the University of Florida, directed by Dr. Steven Weisberg, is hiring a full-time lab manager / research technician / programmer to help conduct research related to the cognitive neuroscience of spatial navigation. The SCANN lab uses behavioral cognitive psychology methods in desktop and immersive virtual reality, structural MRI, and univariate and multivariate approaches to fMRI data to determine the behavioral and neural underpinnings of human navigation behavior. To learn more about our work please see our website.

The primary purpose of this position is to provide technical and organizational support to the lab. The lab manager will also have the opportunity to be a collaborator in research that will be presented at conferences and published in journals. Technical and organizational skills are a significant plus.

The position requires a 1-year commitment and can be renewed dependent on funding availability. Preferred start date is August 15, 2020, but is negotiable. Starting hourly rate is negotiable and commensurate with experience. If interested, please fill out the (short) application here. If you have any questions, please contact Steven Weisberg by email: I will accept applications until the position is filled. 

Qualifications: (1) A Bachelor's degree in psychology, neuroscience, computer science, biomedical engineering, or a related field. (2) Experience in a research laboratory. (3) Experience with computer programming (Matlab, Python, R, git, bash).

Preferred qualifications: (1) Experience with virtual environment design (Unity3D, SteamVR, Vive). (2) Experience with fMRI design and analysis (including FSL, Matlab, or Python tools. Experience with real-time neurofeedback a plus). (3) Experience with Photoshop and/or Illustrator. 

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General Announcement

Published abstracts and video streams from ECEM 2019

European Conference on Eye Movements

Dear Colleagues,

This is a belated announcement of the published abstracts from the 2019 European Conference on Eye Movements (ECEM), hosted in Alicante, Spain. Please find below the Contents Alert of the corresponding Special Issue of the Journal of Eye Movements Research. Note that this special issue contains video streams of the keynote lectures and symposia presentations, which might serve as introductions to expanding fields of research. A number of colleagues have reached out to us with positive feedback about these videos, saying that they enjoyed them and downloaded them quite often. Our hope with this announcement is to increase their reach and accessibility to the wider eye movements and vision communities.  

On behalf of JEMR and the 2019 ECEM organizing committee,

* Susana Martinez-Conde, SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University, New York, USA
* Luis Martinez-Otero, Universidad Miguel Hernández, Alicante
* Albert Compte, Institut d'Investigacions Biomèdiques August Pi i Sunyer (IDIBAPS)
* Rudolf Groner, University of Bern and Journal of Eye Movement Research

Contents Alert of the Special Issue of the Journal of Eye Movement Research 
20th European Conference on Eye Movements

* Abstracts of the 20th European Conference on Eye Movements, 18-22 August 2019, in Alicante (Spain)
Susana Martinez-Conde, Luis Martinez-Otero, Albert Compte; Rudolf Groner 
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* Beyond the lab ? Eye tracking in dynamic real-world environments
Enkelejda Kasneci 
* Hearing in a world of light: why, where, and how visual and auditory information are connected by the brain 
Jennifer M. Groh 
* The fate and function of vision during saccades 
Martin Rolfs 
* Unraveling Concussion Impact by Impact 
Janet C. Rucker 
* On the 'Where' and 'When' of Eye Guidance in Real-World Scenes 
Antje Nuthmann 
* The effects of fixational eye movements on population responses in V1. Keynote at the 20th European Conference on Eye Movements in Alicante, September 22, 2019 
Hamutal Slovin 
* From lab-based studies to eye-tracking in virtual and real worlds: conceptual and methodological problems and solutions. Symposium 4 at the 20th European Conference on Eye Movement Research (ECEM) in Alicante, 20.8.2019. 
Ignace T.C. Hooge, Roy S. Hessels, Diederick C, Niehorster, Gabriel J. Diaz, Andrew T. Duchowski, Jeff B. Pelz 
* Eye movements during the reading of narrative and poetic texts. Symposium 6 at the 20th European Conference on Eye Movement Research (ECEM) in Alicante, 21.8.2019. 
Arthur Jacobs, Jana Lüdtke, Johanna Kaakinen, Lynn S. Eekhof 
* Eye movements in developing readers: From basic research to classroom application. Parts of symposium 7 at the 20th European Conference on Eye Movements in Alicante, September 21, 2019 
Alexandra Spichtig, Christian Vorstius, Ronan Reilly, Jochen Laubrock 
* Eye and head movements while looking at rotated scenes in VR. Session "Beyond the screen's edge" at the 20th European Conference on Eye Movement Research (ECEM) in Alicante, 19.8.2019 
Nicola C. Anderson, Walter F. Bischof 
* Eyes Wide Shut: Gaze dynamics without vision, Symposium 6 at the 20th European Conference on Eye Movement Research (ECEM) in Alicante, 21.8.2019. 
Susana Martinez-Conde, Bradley Buchsbaum, Fatema Ghasia, Freek van Ede, Stephen L. Macknik 

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