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Mark your Calendar!
CNS Annual Meeting from March 14-17, 2020 in Boston

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We are pleased to announce that Poster and Symposium Submissions are now open for CNS 2020.   
 
If you want to be considered for a data blitz session please check the appropriate box during the poster submission process.   
 
If you are a grad student or postdoc you can apply for a Graduate Student Award (GSA) or a Postdoctoral Fellows Award (PFA) as part of the poster abstract submission process. At least two submissions in each topic area will be recognized with a GSA or a PFA award.  Abstracts will be evaluated with respect to the merit of the research and the clarity of the presentation. Winners will receive special recognition in the printed program and during the conference. Winners  will also receive a monetary stipend to help with conference travel expenses.
 
Submissions Deadlines:
  • Symposia Submissions Deadline, October 29, 2019  
  • Poster Submissions Deadline, November 19, 2019
  • Datablitz Deadline, November 19, 2019
  • GSA/PFA Application Deadline, November 19, 2019
For more information on Submissions please visit:   https://www.cogneurosociety.org/submissions  
 
For more information on Data Blitz please visit:  
 
For more information on GSA/PFA Applications visit:   https://www.cogneurosociety.org/gsa-or-pfa-application  

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New on the CNS Blog: Communication Control: The Brain Activity that Monitors Our Speech
 
When we communicate with others, we are constantly monitoring our speech and theirs - taking in multiple external cues - to best engage in meaningful conversation. Despite the multidimensional aspects of speech monitoring, most studies on the topic to date have focused on how we produce a string of accurately sequenced sound units rather than how we actively work to control our speech.
In a new study with senior authors Katie L. McMahon and Greig I. de Zubicaray of Queensland University of Technology in Australia, researchers sought to understand what happens in the brain while we monitor our speech. "We were seeking to clarify the neural mechanisms underlying speech monitoring and inhibition, which might help us better understand neurological disorders characterized by impairments of these processes, such as Tourette's syndrome and stuttering," says lead author and Ph.D. student Samuel Hansen at the University of Queensland. Read the full Q&A with Hansen here

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Call for abstracts
 
Prefrontal cortex and executive functions
 
Special issue of Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience in Honor of Donald T Stuss
 
Edited by Brian Levine, Shayna Rosenbaum, and Anne-Kristin Solbakk
 
Dr. Don Stuss was a key figure in establishing the role of the prefrontal cortex in the scientific study of behavior, cognition, memory, and consciousness. In 1986, following on his series of studies in prefrontal lobotomy patients, as well as seminal studies on confabulation and Capgras syndrome, Stuss and Benson published The Frontal Lobes. Deeply rooted in anatomy, this volume served as a key resource for interpretation of lesion effects as well as for the explosion of functional neuroimaging findings on the prefrontal cortex that followed in the 1990s.
 
Dr. Stuss's research contributions always started with clinical observations of patients. His work in traumatic brain injury formed some of the earliest neuroscientific studies of intra-individual variability, later validated in focal lesion patients and neuroimaging. Using lesion symptom mapping, he refined functional fractionation of the prefrontal cortex (again anticipating influential work on the fractionation of executive functions). This theoretical work was complemented by clinical studies documenting the effects of focal frontal lesions on so-called "frontal" tests of executive functioning used in clinics, as well as more advanced measures of higher-level constructs such as emotion and humor, theory of mind, the self, consciousness, and rehabilitation.
 
Dr. Stuss was the Director of the Rotman Research Institute at Baycrest from its founding in 1989 through 2008. Dr. Stuss cultivated an atmosphere of excellence that made the Rotman Research Institute a world-leading centre for cognitive neuroscience and neuroimaging, launching the careers of dozens of scientists and trainees, with substantial impacts in multimodal neuroimaging, cognitive science theory, neuropsychology, and neurorehabilitation.
 
As founding President and Scientific Director of the Ontario Brain Institute (2011-2015), Dr. Stuss created integrated, province-wide research platforms for brain disorders that brought together scientists and clinicians with industry towards treating patients
with brain disorders and improving overall understanding of brain function.
 
In recognition of his achievements, Dr. Stuss won lifetime achievement awards from the International Neuropsychological Society, the National Academy of Neuropsychology, the Canadian Society for Brain, Behavior, and Cognitive Science, and the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine. He was recognized by the Order of Ontario, the Order of Canada, the Royal Society of Canada, the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences and as University Professor of the University of Toronto.
 
Dr. Stuss's career encompasses interdisciplinary themes of cognitive neuroscience and brain-behavior relationships. It is thus fitting that the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience is hosting this special issue. Reviews and empirical papers related to the above-mentioned research themes or otherwise inspired by Dr. Stuss are welcome, as long as they address the biological bases of mental events (see https://www.mitpressjournals.org/journals/jocn/sub). Please submit a tentative title and abstract of no more than 250 words to blevine@research.baycrest.org with the subject line "Don Stuss Special Issue." Proposals will be accepted immediately on a rolling basis until October 18, 2019. Proposed manuscripts will be evaluated for scientific rigour, fit to the special issue, and for balance of topics within the special issue, as determined by the special issue editors. Invitations to submit full manuscripts will be sent by December 2, 2019. The deadline to submit full manuscripts will be May15, 2020. All submissions will be evaluated according to standard criteria maintained by the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience. Publication of this special issue is planned for August, 2020; articles will appear online as they become available.

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Diving DEAP into Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) Study Data Participate in an interactive ABCD study design and data analysis workshop at this year's Society for Neuroscience annual meeting October 19, 6:30 - 9:30 pm, featuring tutorials on the use of the web-based Data Exploration and Analysis Portal (DEAP) for analysis of
ABCD data. The workshop will include information about how to access ABCD data through the NIMH Data Archive, as well as presentations on ABCD study design and measures, brain imaging and other data processing pipelines, statistical analysis using DEAP, vertex-based brain imaging analysis, and tools for analyzing ABCD data through cloud computing. To register, email AdolescentBrain@mail.nih.gov.
 
Faculty Positions

Tenure-track Assistant Professor
 
Department of Psychology
 
College of Arts and Science
 
Venderbilt University
 
The Department of Psychology of the College of Arts and Science at Vanderbilt University and the Vanderbilt Brain Institute (VBI) jointly invite applications for up to two positions at the tenure-track Assistant Professor level in the fields of non-human primate (NHP) neuroscience or human neuroscience. For each field, we seek applicants with innovative research programs at the interface of psychology and neuroscience.
In non-human primate neuroscience, we particularly welcome applications from scientists using emerging techniques in circuit-level neurophysiology, neuropharmacology, or anatomy that complement existing programs of research at Vanderbilt in cognitive and systems neuroscience in non-human primates. In human neuroscience, we particularly welcome applications from scientists using electrophysiological, neuroimaging, and/or computational approaches to understanding human behavior and/or its disorders. Preference will be given to those individuals who study cognitive, clinical or social neuroscience and who complement existing programs of research in the Department of Psychology and the VBI. For either field, the ideal candidate would also leverage the latest approaches in data science. The Department of Psychology comprises about 25 faculty grouped into three interactive and overlapping clinical, cognitive & cognitive-neuroscience, and neuroscience areas, while the VBI is a trans-institutional organization that oversees and facilitates neuroscience-related endeavors carried out across 5 colleges, 22 departments and 27 centers and institutes of the Vanderbilt campus. The successful candidates will have opportunities to teach and supervise students in the Department of Psychology's undergraduate and graduate programs and in the VBI's neuroscience graduate program. While their primary appointment will be in Psychology, the candidates are expected to actively contribute to the VBI's research, training, and education missions. Neuroscience and Psychology research at Vanderbilt is facilitated by numerous outstanding institutional resources including the Vanderbilt Vision Research Center, the Center for Cognitive & Integrative Neuroscience, the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center, as well as the Academic Computing Center for Research & Education, Vanderbilt Institute of Imaging Science, Vanderbilt Institute of Nanoscale Science & Engineering and the new Data Science Institute. Vanderbilt encourages and facilitates collaboration across departments and schools. Applicants should describe opportunities and relationships that they envision.
 
Applicants should submit a cover letter, their curriculum vitae, a research and teaching statement of no more than 5 pages, up to three relevant publications, and arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent to the search committee. The materials should be submitted via interfolio (https://apply.interfolio.com/67396).
Applicants are urged to submit their materials at their earliest convenience, and no later than by November 15, 2019. Review of applications will begin on November 4. Informal inquiries may be sent via email to frank.tong@vanderbilt.edu. Vanderbilt University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer committed to recruiting and retaining an academically and culturally diverse community of faculty. The university has a strong
institutional commitment to diversity in all areas, and particularly encourages applications from minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and members of other underrepresented groups.
 
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Clemson University: College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences: Psychology
SmartLIFE Endowed Chair in Aging and Cognition

Location: 418 Brackett Hall- Clemson University
The Clemson University College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences is seeking an accomplished scholar to serve as SmartLIFE Endowed Chair in Aging and Cognition, the first endowed chairmanship in the college. This individual will be a faculty member in the Department of Psychology at Clemson University, but will be expected to embrace collaborative opportunities within the College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences, as well as across the university. This high-level position will be supported by a South Carolina SmartState Chair Endowment and will be joining a collaborative network of other SmartState endowed chairs. In addition to serving as an endowed professor, the successful applicant will act as the Associate Director for the Clemson University Institute for Engaged Aging and will have dedicated laboratory space at the Oconee Memorial Hospital of Prisma Health, which will serve as her/his primary work location and allow the opportunity to engage with our clinical partners. For this role, the ideal candidate would be a Psychologist who has a research focus on cognitive issues relevant to elderly and aging populations. Some of the specific research domains may include (but are not limited to): learning/skill acquisition, memory, problem solving, decision making, transportation safety, accidents/falls, community/home care, retirement, and rural issues.
Responsibilities/Expectations:
The Endowed Chair in Aging and Cognition will be expected to possess a creative, entrepreneurial, and developmental mindset to fulfill the vision established by the College and Department for this newly established initiative and lead the development of an internationally recognized research and training program in this area. This leader will have responsibility for the recruitment of additional faculty and for mentoring, teaching and promoting graduate education. There are currently two additional SmartState endowed chairs at the University of South Carolina with different focus areas that will serve as a productive network for this new Endowed Chair.
QUALIFICATIONS
The candidate should have a well-established program of research in one of the following areas: Cognitive Psychology, Developmental Psychology, or a related field of study. The candidate should possess a robust research program and a history of acquiring external funding (preferably from NIH). Lastly, it is vital that this individual has excellent interpersonal and communication skills and enthusiasm about collaborating with researchers from various disciplines.
Preferred Qualifications:
The ideal candidate for this role would be a renowned research scientist with an emphasis on Aging and Cognition. A competitive applicant will also have experience in building, developing, or enhancing a research center or institute; be a creative research-oriented leader, an interdisciplinary collaborator, and a team builder.
As a faculty member at Clemson University, you can expect to be immersed in a community of scholars who are committed to fostering diversity and inclusive excellence. We value individuals whose background or interests align with this commitment. Candidates are welcome to include a brief statement in this regard in their application.
Clemson is an R1 Carnegie Institution that has ranked among the top 25 national public universities in the country by the US News and World Report for the past 11 years. The campus is located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains near outstanding year-round recreational opportunities. The College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences is composed of the departments of Communication, Parks Recreation Tourism Management, Political Science, Psychology, Public Health Science, Sociology Anthropology and Criminal Justice, and the School of Nursing, along with 9 centers and institutes ( https://www.clemson.edu/cbshs/ ). The Department of Psychology is located within the College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences, and is a research-oriented department with 31 full time faculty, 800 undergraduate majors, and 40 graduate students ( https://www.clemson.edu/cbshs/departments/psychology/index.html ). The department currently offers doctoral programs in Human Factors Psychology and Industrial-Organizational Psychology, as well as a master's program in Applied Psychology. We are seeking an individual to join the Clemson family who is dedicated to moving the College, Department and University forward.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS
All application materials should be submitted via Interfolio. The review of applications will begin on October 15. Applicants must submit a CV and cover letter including a vision for building an interdisciplinary research institute.
Questions regarding the position can be directed to:
Cheryl Dye Director, CU Institute for Engaged Aging Professor Emeritus, Department of Public Health Sciences tcheryl@clemson.edu 864-656-4442, fax: 864-656-6227

Clemson University is an AA/EEO employer and does not discriminate against any person or group on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, pregnancy, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or genetic information. Clemson University is building a culturally diverse faculty and staff committed to working in a multicultural environment and encourages applications from minorities and women.

Postdoctoral Positions

Clinical Neuropsychologist and a Clinical Research Postdoctoral Fellow
 
The Cognitive Neurophysiology Laboratory
 
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
 
The Cognitive Neurophysiology Laboratory at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx has openings for a clinical neuropsychologist and a clinical research postdoctoral fellow. We offer exciting opportunities to work with children and adolescents presenting with a diverse range of intellectual and developmental disabilities, on research projects investigating perception and cognition using high density EEG, pupilometry, and behavioral measures. As a member of our clinical research team, you will administer, score, and record the results of clinical and cognitive tests, conduct clinical interviews, and write reports. You will also have the opportunity to engage in community outreach, and contribute to research and manuscript preparation. Potential candidates should have a passion for translational research and have experience working with children with developmental disabilities. Experience with children on the Autism Spectrum is a plus; familiarity with autism diagnostic tools (ADOS-2 and ADI-R) is strongly preferred. Training and supervision is available by a licensed psychologist.
If interested, please contact Dr. Sophie Molholm:sophie.molholm@einstein.yu.edu.
 
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Postdoctoral Researcher
 
The Georgetown Laboratory for Relational Cognition
 
Georgetown University
 
The Georgetown Laboratory for Relational Cognition anticipates hiring 1 to 2 postdoctoral researchers for NSF-funded projects focused on brain-based research at the intersection of education and creativity. These projects are applying neurostimulation with the goal of enhancing both domain-general and scientific creative thinking, and applying 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 scientific and domain-general creative thinking.
 
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, neurostimulation, 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 (gc815@georgetown.edu), and should indicate three professional references who can readily provide letters of
Recommedation upon request. Any informal inquiries can be sent to the principal investigator, Adam Green (aeg58@Georgetown.edu).
 
Applications will be reviewed in the fall - 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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Postdoctoral Position
 
Cognitive Neuroscience of Language Lab
 
Department of Psychology
 
University of Arizona
 
The Cognitive Neuroscience of Language Lab at the University of Arizona ( http://vickylai.lab.arizona.edu/ ) invites applications for a postdoctoral researcher. The candidate will work on projects related to metaphor and learning, metaphor and emotion, metaphor and memory, or metaphor and compositional semantics. Experiences with special populations, adolescents, and older adults are a plus. The length of the postdoc is one year pending further funding. The start date is flexible but before the end of this year.
Our primary methodologies are behavioral, electroencephalogram (EEG) and functional neural imaging (fMRI). Other techniques such as TMS (MR compatible), EEG-fMRI co-registration, and machine learning are possible through collaborations with faculty members in Psychology, Speech and Hearing Sciences, Biomedical Engineering, and School of Information.
 
Applicants should have a Ph.D. degree in a related area by the start date. To apply, the url is https://uacareers.com/postings/39772 where you will be asked to upload your CV, a cover letter with a statement of research experience and interests, 2-3 recent publications, and the names and contact information for 3 references to the job position. Please feel free to reach out to Dr. Lai at tzuyinlai@email.arizona.edu for questions. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.
The University of Arizona is committed to meeting the needs of its multi-varied communities by recruiting diverse faculty, staff, and students. The University of Arizona is an EEO/AA-M/W/D/V Employer. As an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer, the University of Arizona recognizes the power of a diverse community and encourages applications from individuals with varied experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds.

The city of Tucson has been rated "the most affordable large city in the U.S." and is the first US city designated as a World City of Gastronomy by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). With easy access to both a vibrant arts and culture scene and outdoor activities ranging from hiking to rock climbing to bird watching, Tucson is a nice place to live. 
 
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POSTDOCTORAL POSITION
 
3 YEAR POSTDOC POST ON THE NEURAL CORRELATES OF PERSONAL SEMANTIC MEMORY ACROSS THE LIFECOURSE
 
School of Psychology
 
University of East Anglia (UEA), UK
 
A 3 year senior research associate post is available to work with Dr Louis Renoult on the neural correlates of personal semantic memory across the lifecourse, in collaboration with Professor Michael Hornberger. The project involves EEG and MRI and focuses on exploring the cognitive and neural correlates of personal semantic memory in young and older adults, including in individuals at genetic risk for Alzheimer's Disease (APOE 4 carriers).
 
Healthy and pathological cognitive ageing is an area of expertise at the University of East Anglia (UEA), spanning the faculties of Medicine and Social Sciences. The school of Psychology is equipped with a state of the art Brain Vision 64 channel active electrode EEG system. Scanning is conducted at the nearby Norfolk and Norwich Hospital using a 3T (wide bore) GE 750w scanner, which is fully equipped for neuroimaging experiments.
 
You will be responsible for conducting behavioural, EEG and MRI experiments with young and older adults. You will also contribute to the design of new experiments and the dissemination of the results at conferences and in journal articles. You will hold a PhD in Psychology, Neuroscience or a related discipline, and have experience of the acquisition and analysis of experimental data. You will have research experience with EEG and/or MRI and related analyses (MRI skills such as voxel-based morphometry and/or cortical thickness, as well as DTI analysis/resting-state fMRI would be a plus) and be able to satisfy all the essential criteria detailed in the person specification for this post. You will have relevant programming skills and experience with writing papers for academic journals.
 
This post is available from November 2019, or as soon as possible thereafter, on a full-time basis for a fixed-term period until 31 August 2022.
 
APPLICATION DEADLINE: OCTOBER 14TH
 
Contact Information
 
Contact Website:
https://myview.uea.ac.uk/webrecruitment/pages/vacancy.jsf?vacancyRef=RA1685
 
Contact Name: Louis Renoult
 
Contact Email: l.renoult@uea.ac.uk
  
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