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Congratulations to our 2020 Young Investigator Awardees, Catherine Hartley and Samuel Gershman! We look forward to hearing their award lectures at CNS 2020.

New on the CNS Blog: Mapping the Brain's Visual Behavior One Tidbit at a Time

For the past 30 years, Marlene Behrmann has been on a mission to answer some of the biggest questions in cognitive neuroscience about how visual function in the brain maps onto structure. Along her journey, she has explored a wide range of topics, including autism, migraines, aphasia, agnosia, and more.

"These seemingly disparate topics all feed a single narrative and that is how does the brain make meaningful sense of the sparse signals received from the eyes?," says  Behrmann, a cognitive neuroscientist at Carnegie Melon University . "Deep answers remain elusive and so persistence and perseverance are critical. Somewhere along the way, there may be a small insight, and this can tide one over until the next small insight is obtained. The aggregation of these tidbits, for me, is enormously satisfying."

CNS is now awarding her for her contributions to this aggregation of knowledge with the 2020 Fred Kavli Distinguished Career Contributions Award. Read the full Q & A with Behrmann here

Get regular updates from CNS about our members and the latest science in the journals and in the news  on Twitter ( @CogNeuroNews ) and  Facebook .

CNS 2020 Trainee Event
Mark your calendars! The CNS trainee association will be hosting a professional development panel on the evening of Monday, March 16th. The panel will consist of members from both industry and academia, and will be held in an environment where you can feel comfortable asking any questions you may have about life after grad school and postdoctoral fellowships. The panel members have not yet been selected, so please fill out this form if you would like to nominate someone. Hurry, nominations close soon!   

Please join us afterward for our annual networking event! This is a great opportunity to have some fun with new friends and grow your network! More information to come soon.

Recruiting Guest Bloggers for CNS 2020
CNS invites its members to author blog posts about research being presented at the upcoming CNS 2020 meeting in Boston. This is a great opportunity to communicate and share your work with a broader audience! Send your ideas to Lisa M.P. Munoz at:

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2020 Rotman Research Institute Conference- Aging & Brain Health: Mental Health and Well-being

Rotman Research Institute, Baycrest Health Sciences

2020 Rotman Research Institute conference in Toronto, Canada

Aging & Brain Health: Mental Health and Well-being 

Sign up now and take advantage of early bird registration for the annual Rotman Research Institute Conference - Aging & Brain Health: Mental Health and Well-being.

Attend workshops about the newest treatments for mental health and healthy aging.

Join us to hear about the latest research on:
* The lifelong and intergenerational effects of trauma
* Brain mechanisms linked to cognitive changes in mood disorders
* Well-being and identity in older age
* Biomedical interventions for mental health that go beyond medications, such as brain stimulation

Visit the conference website ( for the full program.

Submit your poster abstract today!
For this year's conference, we invite posters on aging research that focuses on mental, cognitive, and/or brain health.

The deadline for abstract submissions has been extended to *January 13, 2020* 

Submit your poster abstract online:

If you have questions about poster abstract submissions, please email or call 416-785-2500 ext. 2957.

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ERP Boot Camp

UC Davis and SDSU

The UC-Davis/SDSU ERP Boot Camp, a 10-day NIH-funded summer workshop on the ERP technique, will be June 22-July 1, 2020. This year's workshop will be held in San Diego. It is intended primarily for beginning and intermediate-level ERP researchers and for both basic scientists and clinical researchers from a variety of disciplines.

Topics will include:
* Neural origins of ERPs
* The design and interpretation of ERP experiments
* EEG data acquisition
* Filtering, artifact rejection, and artifact correction
* Measuring and analyzing ERP components
* Advanced methods, such as time-frequency analysis and decoding
* Setting up and running an ERP lab

The Boot Camp consists of lectures on these topics, accompanied by guided discussions of ERP papers, activities, and individual consultations. It is led by Steve Luck and Emily Kappenman, and the faculty includes many distinguished ERP researchers from SDSU, UCSD, and other universities.

Previous ERP Boot Camp participants have come from around the world and have included graduate students, postdocs, research scientists, and faculty. They have included psychologists, neuroscientists, psychiatrists, neurologists, audiologists, linguists, and more. We require that graduate students and postdocs have had at least 1 year of significant ERP experience before attending the Boot Camp (this requirement is waived for faculty-level participants). We strongly encourage applications from individuals from underrepresented groups and disadvantaged backgrounds.

Funding is available from NIH to defray most or all of the costs of attending the Boot Camp for both domestic and international participants. There is no registration fee. We typically accept 30-32 U.S. citizens and permanent residents, along with 3-5 international participants. 

Applications for the 2020 workshop are now open. For more information and the application form, see

Applications are due by March 1, 2020. Admissions decisions will be made in early April. 

Questions should be directed to

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Growing Up in Aging Neuroscience Minisymposium

Cognitive Neuroscience of Aging

Cognitive, Linguistics, and Psychological Sciences

Brown University

Are you an undergraduate student, research assistant, graduate student, or postdoc, interested in learning more about the Cognitive Neuroscience of Aging?

Any early career researcher interested in aging neuroscience across a wide range of domains - including cognition, affect, memory, and everything in between - is invited to attend the inaugural Growing Up in Aging Neuroscience (GRAN) mini-symposium, sponsored by the Scientific Research Network on Decision Neuroscience and Aging. Our objective is to provide a setting in which junior researchers considering or pursuing a career in aging neuroscience can learn about the latest developments (and people behind it). We have brought together world-class researchers across a wide range of career stages (from assistant to full professor) to present their work as well as share their unique experiences relating to how they became investigators (inspired by the Growing Up in Science series), in hopes of encouraging junior researchers considering or pursuing a career in aging neuroscience. To make this event accessible to a broad audience and reduce financial barriers for trainees, the event registration will be free to all attendees.

GRAN2020 will take place on Friday, March 13, 2020, at Brown University, from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Registration will include attendance to all of the talks, Growing Up in Science panel, free breakfast, coffee, as well as a networking social hour at the end of the day. 

Confirmed Speakers:
Anne Berry
Angela Gutchess
Elizabeth Kensinger
Derek Issacowitz
Lauren Richmond
Julia Spaniol

For more information about the event and registration, please visit our website:
To stay up to date about when registration opens, please join our mailing list:
If you have any additional questions, feel free to email us at 
Finally, for those more into social media, you can follow our twitter handle: @growingupaging

We look forward to seeing you in Providence next year! 

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Society for the Neuroscience of Creativity 6th Annual Meeting: Less than one month left to submit to SfNC 2020!

Cognitive Neuroscience

Society for the Neuroscience of Creativity

Dear colleagues,

Be sure to get your submissions ( in by January 15th for the 6th Meeting of the Society for the Neuroscience of Creativity (SfNC)!

The meeting will feature keynotes by three leading creativity researchers: Teresa Amabile (Harvard), Jonathan Schooler (UCSB), and Ellen Winner (Boston College).

We will also host a "How to Make It as a Creativity Researcher" panel, in which junior and senior researchers, including a recent NSF program director, will discuss challenges, opportunities, and effective strategies for crafting a career in cognitive and brain-based creativity research. The panel is open to all attendees, with Q & A focused on questions from emerging and mid-career scholars interested in mapping paths to advance their careers and contribute to the field.

See you in Boston!

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Faculty Positions

Faculty Position

Tenure-track position in Developmental Psychology, University of Haifa

The School of Psychological Sciences

University of Haifa, Israel

The School of Psychological Sciences at the University of Haifa, Israel, invites applications for a tenure-track position in Developmental Psychology commencing on the 2020 academic year pending financial approval. We are looking for a developmental psychologist with interests in normative development and psychopathology in infancy, childhood, and adolescence, and we welcome candidates with interests in applications of developmental research to the field. The position involves teaching and supervising the research of psychology undergraduate, MA, and PhD developmental psychology students and students from our Interdisciplinary Program in Child Development for allied health professionals. The position includes an affiliation with the Center for the Study of Child Development
Qualifications: Ph.D. with expertise in Developmental Psychology. The successful candidates will be expected to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in Hebrew, develop a research program, secure research grants, and supervise graduate students. The academic rank of the position is open. 
Send CV, representative publications, research and teaching statements (one page each), and contact information for three letters of reference to Prof. David Oppenheim, Chair of Search Committee, School of Psychological Sciences, University of Haifa, Haifa 3498838, Israel, email: Screening of applications will continue until the position is filled.
Faculty Position

Visiting Assistant Professor 

Open (Ideally: Clinical, Cross-Cultural, Health or Cognitive)


Hamilton College

HAMILTON COLLEGE. The Psychology Department invites applications for a three-year, full-time Visiting Assistant Professor position (PhD or ABD required), beginning July 1, 2020. The ideal candidate will have teaching experience at the college level. Area of research is open, but applicants with a background in clinical, cross-cultural, health, or cognitive psychology are particularly encouraged to apply. The teaching load will be the equivalent of five courses per year, including some combination of service courses (Introductory Psychology, Statistics, or Research Design), courses in the candidate's specialty area, and supervision of senior research projects. 

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 website at for additional information about the Psychology Department. 

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, and (5) statement that describes how the candidate's teaching, scholarship, and/or service would engage and sustain Hamilton's commitment to diversity and inclusion. We seek candidates who can demonstrate their experience in teaching or working with diverse student populations. Submit all materials to Interfolio at Candidates should arrange for submission of three letters of recommendation to Interfolio. Review of applications will begin January 15, 2020 and will continue until theposition is filled.

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, as well as additional information at (Opportunities for Spouses or Partners). Hamilton College is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer and is committed to diversity in all areas of the campus community. Hamilton provides domestic partner benefits. Candidates from underrepresented groups in higher education are especially encouraged to apply.

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Postdoctoral Positions

Postdoctoral Position

Postdoc in Affective Neuroscience


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, and behavioral techniques, and network analyses to examine individual differences in emotion perception 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 required, 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 researcher will also have access to with EEG/ERP, 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 You will need your CV and the contact information for three references. Review of applications will begin immediately and proceed on a rolling basis. 

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Postdoctoral Position

Postdoctoral Position in the Neurobiology of Aphasia

Language Neuroscience


Medical College of Wisconsin

Postdoctoral Position in the Neurobiology of Aphasia
Language Imaging Laboratory, Medical College of Wisconsin

The MCW Language Imaging Laboratory (, directed by Jeffrey Binder, is seeking a postdoctoral fellow to collaborate on imaging and behavioral studies of post-stroke aphasia. The work focuses on testing and refining a high-dimensional embodiment model of semantic representation using lesion-symptom correlation and resting state fMRI connectivity analysis in people with aphasia. Results will be applied to developing a mechanistic account of category-related deficit patterns, including verb, event, and abstract concepts as well as concrete object categories. The postdoc will also be involved in therapeutic studies of aphasia using high-definition tDCS and targeted psycholinguistic training methods. The postdoc will work with a large interdisciplinary team. Ample funding for scanning and neuroimaging resources are available, including two research-dedicated 3T MRI systems, human 7T MRI, magnetoencephalography, tDCS, and TMS. Applicants should have an interest in theoretical and empirical studies of aphasia and a high level of proficiency with computational methods in neuroimaging. 

The Language Imaging Laboratory is funded by federal and intramural grants and provides a rich research environment for postdoctoral students with opportunities to mentor graduate students and minimal formal teaching responsibilities. MCW is an equal opportunity employer. To apply for the position, please submit a cover letter stating research interests, a curriculum vitae, and copies of at least one published or in-press paper to Samantha Drane (, Aphasia Program Coordinator.

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Postdoctoral Position

Postdoctoral Fellowship at UNC Chapel Hill in the Cohen Lab

Cognitive Neuroscience, Neuroimaging, Graph Theory, ADHD 

Psychology and Neuroscience

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The Cohen Laboratory in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, directed by Dr. Jessica Cohen, is seeking a postdoctoral fellow beginning summer or fall 2020 (specific start date flexible). We investigate how functional brain networks dynamically interact and reconfigure when confronted with changing cognitive demands, when experiencing transformations across development, and when facing disruptions in healthy functioning due to disease. The lab uses behavioral, neuroimaging, and clinical approaches taken from neuroscience, psychology, and mathematics to address our research questions. 

We are looking to hire someone with strong computational and image analysis skills, with a focus on brain connectivity. This position is to work on an NIMH-funded project following youth with ADHD longitudinally across the transition from childhood into adolescence to identify trajectories of structural and functional network development that may serve as biomarkers indicating increased risk (or, conversely, decreased risk) for negative outcomes in adolescence. Responsibilities include conducting neuroimaging scans, processing and analyzing neuroimaging and behavioral data, supervising graduate students and research assistants, and preparing manuscripts for publication.

Necessary qualifications include: 1) a Ph.D. in Psychology, Neuroscience or a related field; 2) experience programming, particularly with python, unix and/or matlab; 3) experience with neuroimaging software packages (e.g., FSL, AFNI, SPM); 4) experience with collecting, processing and analyzing functional connectivity data; and 5) a strong publication record. Preference will be given to candidates who additionally have: 1) experience working with children (typically developing and/or with developmental disorders); and 2) experience with advanced analytic techniques (e.g., functional connectivity and graph theory).

Position is for two years, but may be extended. 

Interested applicants should submit their CV, a cover letter describing their research interests and career goals, and contact info for 2-3 references to:

Additional information can be found at:
For questions, please contact Dr. Jessica Cohen (

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Postdoctoral Position

2 postdoctoral positions at the Learning and Cognitive Control Lab, Ghent University, Belgium

Cognitive Neuroscience

Ghent University

The Learning and Cognitive Control Lab in the Department of Experimental Psychology at Ghent University (Belgium) is recruiting two postdoctoral fellows.

The positions are funded by a European Research Council Advanced Grant, "Cracking the Anterior Cingulate Cortex Code: Toward a Unified Theory of ACC Function" ( ; for an example of our approach, please see doi 10.1073/pnas.1803650115 ). The positions are for two years with an opportunity to renew and are available to start immediately. Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled.

Position 1: Computational cognitive neuroscience. For details see .

Position 2: Cognitive neuroscience (fMRI). For details see .

Interested candidates should email their CV, a statement of research interests, and have three letters of reference forwarded to Clay Holroyd at Inquiries may be directed to him at that email address.
Postdoctoral Position

Two Postdoctoral Associate Positions

Brain and Mind Institute, Western University

Drs. Ryan Stevenson, Blake Butler, and Bobby Stojanoski of Western University's Brain and Mind Institute are actively recruiting two postdoctoral associates. Our labs are in the Department of Psychology and the Brain and Mind Institute, and are part of highly-productive and interdisciplinary group of researchers spanning a wide breadth of topics in cognitive neuroscience. We strongly value the principles of open science, and collaboration across labs and departments is highly encouraged; the successful candidate will have the opportunity to work with established collaborators, and to form new partnerships. Successful candidates for both positions will have a PhD in neuroscience, psychology, physiology, computer science, or a related discipline, with a strong record of publication and evidence of the ability to conduct independent research. Quantitative and programming skills in MATLAB, Python, or similar are expected. Successful candidates will also be expected to apply to the BrainsCAN PDF program, though there is the possibility of funding if the BrainsCAN application is not successful.

Position 1) The Sensory Perception Research Lab ( and the Neuroplasticity in Sensory Systems Lab ( are seeking an ambitious postdoctoral associate interested in the study of multisensory integration, specifically audiovisual integration, using fMRI techniques. The successful applicant must have significant experience and demonstrated track record with fMRI procedures and analyses, and individuals with advanced fMRI analysis techniques will be given preference. They will also be encouraged to develop independent projects that build upon the laboratories' ongoing work, including the possibility to work with developmental populations, as well as clinical populations.

Position 2) The Sensory Perception Research Lab ( and the Development and Disorders of Cognition and Consciousness group (DDoCC) are seeking an ambitious postdoctoral associate interested in the study of structural changes to the brain in late childhood and adolescence in typically developing and clinical populations (ASD, ADHD, anxiety, etc.) with links to clinical metrics, and behavioural and cognitive development. Applicants must be highly-proficient in structural MRI analysis and pipelines, have the ability to work efficiently with large data sets, and preferably have some experience with fMRI. They will also be encouraged to develop independent projects that build upon the laboratories' ongoing work.

Western University and the BMI constitute communities that respect, accept, nurture and celebrate the diversity of their members. Our community is one where all members feel valued, respected and included. We strive to ensure our workplace is fully accessible and respectful for people's different needs and abilities. We support a healthy work-life balance and commit to the right of every member of the community to study, work and conduct his or her activities in an environment free of harassment and discrimination. Each member of our community is accountable for ensuring and supporting positive diversity practices.

Details pertaining to the BrainsCAN PD Fellowship competition, including timelines, eligibility, application materials, and compensation are available here. Salary outside of BrainsCAN is $50,000 per year plus benefits, and is available for two years, with contract renewal for the second year dependent upon satisfactory performance. Renewal beyond year two is possible, but is contingent upon funding.

Applications will be accepted until January 15th or until the position is filled. Interested parties should contact Dr. Ryan Stevenson ( and provide the following:

1. A cover letter describing your current research, and interest in our labs

2. Curriculum Vitae

3. Names and contact information for 3 references
Postdoctoral Position

Postdoctoral Position at Georgetown in Creativity and Education Neuroscience

Creativity and Education Neuroscience


Georgetown University

The Georgetown Laboratory for Relational Cognition, directed by Adam Green, anticipates hiring 1 to 2 postdoctoral researchers for NSF-funded projects applying cognitive neuroscience methods at the intersection of education and creativity. These projects are focused on 1) application of neuromodulation with the goal of enhancing both domain-general and scientific creative thinking; and 2) application of neuroimaging with the goal of identifying neural biomarkers of classroom education-based learning that may add value to traditional academic measurement in predicting scientific achievement. In collaboration with laboratories at Johns Hopkins and Penn State, this work will also involve the development a new classroom-based assessment of scientific creative thinking, and application of network neuroscience to predict creative cognitive performance.

Applicants should hold a Ph.D. or anticipate a Ph.D. by spring of 2020. The projected start date for the position(s) is early fall or late summer of 2020. Favorable consideration will be given to applicants with a strong record of productivity and with experience or substantial interest in the following areas: creativity, education, neuroimaging and/or electrical recording methods, neuromodulation, and advanced statistical data analysis.

Interested candidates should send a CV and a letter of application describing research interests and professional goals to Griffin Colaizzi (, and should indicate three professional references who can readily provide letters of recommendation upon request. Any informal inquiries can be sent to the principal investigator, Adam Green ( Review of applications will begin in the late fall - early winter and continue until the position is filled.

Georgetown University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. If you are a qualified individual with a disability and need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please see the Georgetown website for more information, or contact the Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity & Affirmative Action (IDEAA) at (202) 687- 4798. This position requires a criminal background check performed by Human Resources. Compensation is based on Georgetown pay scales, depending on qualifications and experience.

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Research Assistant Positions

Research Assistant Position

Research Assistant/Lab Coordinator for the Cognitive Neuroscience of Aging lab and Kennedy Neuroimaging of Aging and Cognition lab

Center for Vital Longevity

The University of Texas at Dallas

The Cognitive Neuroscience of Aging lab and Kennedy Neuroimaging of Aging and Cognition lab, directed by Drs. Karen Rodrigue and Kristen Kennedy, are seeking a full-time research assistant/lab coordinator for studies investigating brain aging in both healthy individuals and in older individuals with mild cognitive impairment (MCI). Our research uses structural and functional neuroimaging techniques to investigate how the health of our brain's structure supports the brain's function, as well as the contributions of vascular health to normal and pathological aging.

Primary Responsibilities/Qualifications:
- Recruits study participants (both cognitive normal and MCI) from the Dallas community
- Schedules study participants for MRI and PET experiments
- Serves as liaison for IRB applications and modifications at UTSW and UTD
- Organizes and maintains filing system and database for research study
- Provides technical assistance for various research projects in the Kennedy and Rodrigue laboratories
- Collects, evaluates, and interprets research data to provide needed information to principal investigators and other researchers
- Updates notebooks, records and performs data entry on databases as needed
- Works with research participants including managing participant and lab schedules, as well as conduct behavioral testing sessions
- Strong interpersonal skills, task-oriented, high level of self-motivation, attention to detail
- Minimum of a Bachelor's degree in one of the basic sciences (preferably psychology or neuroscience or closely related field) or an equivalent combination of education and customer service or laboratory experience

To apply for this position applicants should visit:

For further questions, please contact Dr. Christina Webb ( or Dr. Karen Rodrigue (

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Research Assistant Position

Research Assistant/Lab Manager Position

Cognitive Neuroscience
Neurobiology and Behavior

University of California Irvine

The lab of Arielle Tambini in the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior at UCI is seeking applicants for a Research Assistant/Lab Manager. Research in the lab focuses on human memory consolidation, examining how different time periods and neural mechanisms after learning support long-term memory. The lab uses multiple approaches, including measurements of brain activity (fMRI, EEG) and behavior, as well as the application of external manipulations to modify memory (TMS and behavioral manipulations).

Responsibilities consist of both performing research and managerial tasks. Research duties include recruiting and scheduling participants, aiding in the development of behavioral tasks (programming in MATLAB or Python), data collection for behavioral, fMRI, and other experiments, performing data analysis, and preparation of findings for presentation. Managerial duties will include training new researchers, management of IRB protocols, and general organizational support.

An undergraduate degree (in Neuroscience, Psychology, Biology, Engineering, Computer Science, or related area) is required. Prior relevant lab experience is highly desired, including prior experience working with human subjects, collection of behavioral, MRI, EEG and/or TMS data, analysis of behavioral or neural data, and programming experience (MATLAB and/or Python, Bash). Email with any questions.

Please see full job advertisement:

Research Assistant Position 

University of Iowa

The Hwang lab in the Psychological and Brain Sciences Department at the University of Iowa has a NIH funded research assistant / lab manager position available. Our lab focuses on brain network mechanisms, cognitive control, and developmental processes with a strong emphasis on the human thalamocortical system and neural oscillations. Our research utilizes multimodal neuroimaging (EEG and fMRI), TMS, and lesion studies in combination with network neuroscience approaches. For more info please see:

This position is ideal for someone ultimately interested in a career in research, attending medical school or pursuing graduate training. Training and mentoring will be provided. The lab is affiliated with the DeLTA Center and the Iowa Neuroscience Institute, which offers a collaborative research environment with access to research dedicated 3T and 7T MRI systems, TMS, EEG, neurosurgery patients, and a large lesion patient registry.

* Bachelor degree in Psychology, Neuroscience, or other related disciplines
* Must have prior research experience
* Strong interpersonal skills and a high level of organization with careful attention to detail is
absolutely required
* Experience with neuroimaging (fMRI, EEG/MEG) is preferred but not required
* Strong Programming skills (Matlab or Python) is preferred but not required

The research assistant / manager position is opened immediately until filled. To apply, please send a cover letter and CV to:

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General Announcement

General Announcement

Congratulations to the Winners of the 2019 Best Illusion of the Year Contest!

Neural Correlate Society

Voters around the globe chose the Best Illusions of the Year from the Top 10 Finalists competing in the 15th edition of Best Illusion of the Year Contest (hosted by the Neural Correlate Society and supported by the Museum of Mind). The TOP 3 winning illusions were revealed on Friday, December 13th.  

First Prize and a $3,000 award went to Frank Force, USA, for his "Dual Axis Illusion," in which a spinning shape appears to defy logic by rotating around both the horizontal and vertical axis.

Second Prize and a $2,000 award went to Haruaki Fukuda, Japan, for his "Change the Color" illusion, in which scrolling dots change their apparent color depending on how viewers interpret their motion.

Third Prize and a $1,000 award went to Ryan E.B. Mruczek and Gideon Paul Caplovitz, USA, for their "Rotating Circles Illusion," in which a rotating circle appears to change its trajectory depending on the visual context.

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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Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B
Biological Sciences
Towards mechanistic models of meaning composition
A theme issue compiled and edited by Andrea Martin and Giosuè Baggio
Published December 2019
About this issue
The sentences 'The tiger ate the snake' and 'The snake ate the tiger' convey very different meanings with the same words. Human thought and language have extraordinary expressive power because individual parts and larger structures exist simultaneously yet independently from one another in the mind/brain and can be composed in endlessly novel configurations.
This theme issue investigates the mechanisms of meaning composition in biological brains and artificial computational systems. It includes fifteen contributions from leading experimentalists, theorists, and modelers in the fields of linguistics, cognitive psychology and neuroscience, and computer science. The emerging picture shows that meaning composition is the common root of a wide range of open problems and current debates across the cognitive and brain sciences.
Introduction Modelling meaning composition from formalism to mechanism
Andrea E Martin and Giosuè Baggio
The neurocognitive basis of knowledge about object identity and events: dissociations reflect opposing effects of semantic coherence and control
Elizabeth Jefferies, Hannah Thompson, Piers Cornelissen and Jonathan Smallwood
Neural basis of basic composition: what we have learned from the red - boat studies and their extensions
Liina Pylkkänen
The meaning making mechanism(s) behind the eyes and between the ears
Peter Hagoort
Structured sequence processing and combinatorial binding: neurobiologically and computationally informed hypotheses Ryan Calmus, Benjamin Wilson, Yukiko Kikuchi and Christopher I Petkov
Training neural networks to encode symbols enables combinatorial generalization
Ivan I Vankov and Jeffrey S Bowers
Linguistic generalization and compositionality in modern artificial neural networks Marco Baroni
Tensors and compositionality in neural systems
Andrea E Martin and Leonidas AA Doumas
How the brain composes morphemes into meaning
Laura Gwilliams
Quasi-compositional mapping from form to meaning: a neural network-based approach to capturing neural responses during human language comprehension
Milena Rabovsky and James L McClelland
Dissociable effects of prediction and integration during language comprehension: evidence from a large-scale study using brain potentials
Mante S Nieuwland et al.
Phase synchronization varies systematically with linguistic structure composition
Jonathan R Brennan and Andrea E Martin
Studying language in context using the temporal generalization method
Alona Fyshe
Sheaving-a universal construction for semantic compositionality
Steven Phillips
The geometry of predication. A configurational derivation of the defining property of clause structure
Andrea Moro
The acquisition of compositional meaning
Petra Hendriks
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Cognitive Neuroscience Society 27th Annual Meeting
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