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The Society for Mathematical Psychology promotes the advancement and communication of research in mathematical psychology and related disciplines. Mathematical psychology is broadly defined to include work of a theoretical character that uses mathematical methods, formal logic, or computer simulation. The official journals of the society are Journal of Mathematical Psychology and Computational Brain & Behavior.

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Update regarding MathPsych/ICCM 2020

Dear Colleagues,

As President of the Society for Mathematical Psychology (SMP), I am writing on behalf of the Executive Committee of SMP and the leadership of the International Conference on Cognitive Modelling (ICCM) to update you on the COVID-19 pandemic impact on the 53rd Annual Meeting of the SMP, and the 18th Annual Meeting of the ICCM.

It is now clear that it will not be possible for us to hold our annual conference in Toronto this year. We have not taken this unprecedented decision lightly. However, for the health and safety of our membership, and given the newly instituted closure of public events in Toronto through June 2020, and the cancellation of the Cognitive Science Conference we strongly believe this to be the right decision.

Although we are disappointed about not being able to host a physical meeting this year, we are excited about the possibilities of hosting the conference through alternative venues, such as a virtual meeting. We will announce further details in the coming weeks. At this time our submission portal remains open at

We remain fully committed to making sure the award winners for 2020 will still receive their much-deserved recognition. This includes William K Estes EARLY CAREER AWARD winners Dora Matzke and Joseph Austerweil, Society for Mathematical Psychology SENIOR FELLOW AWARD winner Jean-Claude Falmagne, R. Duncan Luce OUTSTANDING PAPER AWARD (the Journal of Mathematical Psychology) TBD, and Computational Brain & behavior OUTSTANDING PAPER AWARD TBD. We will announce further details in the coming weeks.

We thank our conference chair, Joachim Vandekerckhove, and Secretary/Treasurer Leslie Blaha for their tremendous efforts in these difficult times.

If you have any questions or concerns these can be directed to the Society Conference Chair, Joachim Vandekerckhove or the Society President, Pernille Hemmer at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it



Pernille Hemmer, President SMP

Postdoctoral position in Cognitive & Economic Psychology

Postdoctoral position in Cognitive & Economic Psychology

The Center for Economic Psychology at the Department of Psychology of the University of Basel, Switzerland, is seeking applicants for a postdoctoral position for a period of 2 years with the possibility to extend the position for further years. The Center is directed by Prof. Dr. Jörg Rieskamp and is part of the growing Department of Psychology at the University of Basel, one of the leading research universities in Europe.

Researchers will become part of an international research group in an English-speaking environment. The required teaching may be conducted in German or English. The ideal candidate has a Ph.D. in psychology, cognitive science, decision neuroscience, behavioral economics, or a related field. Solid knowledge of cognitive and decision sciences research and corresponding research methods and an interest in applying these skills to understand the cognitive processes underlying human decision making are appreciated. Experience in cognitive/mathematical modeling, Bayesian statistics and corresponding programming skills (using R/Matlab) are desirable.

The position starts at the 1st of June 2020, but later starting dates are possible. The salary will be very competitive and additional resources are available for funding experiments and conference travel.

Basel is situated at the river Rhine right at the border to France and Germany. It’s a great place to live and work. Health care, quality of life, and public transportation meet the highest international standards. The University of Basel is an equal opportunity and family friendly employer committed to excellence through diversity. To increase the number of women in leading academic positions the university strongly encourages applications from women.

Please submit applications (consisting of a cover letter describing research interests, curriculum vitae and up to five preprints as a single PDF file, with the applicant’s name as the file name, and two letters of recommendation) by the 1st of March to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Save the date: MathPsych/ICCM 2020

Announcing MathPsych/ICCM 2020



Please see an update from SMP President Hemmer here.  The information in this post is no longer current.



VENUE: Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel; Toronto, Canada
DATES: July 25-28, 2020

We invite you to MathPsych/ICCM 2020, the joint gathering of the 53rd Annual Meeting of the Society for Mathematical Psychology and the 18th International Conference on Cognitive Modeling (ICCM): the premier conference for research on computational models and computation-based theories of human cognition.  Following our success in previous years, ICCM has again joined forces with the Society for Mathematical Psychology to create a conference in which all sessions are open to all attendees, and cross-talk is highly encouraged.

MathPsych/ICCM 2020 is a forum for presenting and discussing the complete spectrum of cognitive modeling approaches, including connectionism, symbolic modeling, dynamical systems, Bayesian modeling, and cognitive architectures.  Research topics can range from low-level perception to high-level reasoning.  We also welcome contributions that use computational models to better understand neuroscientific data.

The conference will run from July 25, 2020 (approx. 9am) to July 28, 2020 (approx. 6pm).

More information, including submission deadlines, will be made available on the conference website at a later time.

Please note that the Society for Mathematical Psychology will arrange for a block of rooms at the Sheraton hotel at a discounted rate.  Attendees are strongly urged to make use of the room block since the Society has made a financial commitment to the hotel.   More information about the room block will be made available at a later time.

Visa requirements for Canada can be found here. Please be sure to check well ahead of time whether you need to obtain a visa to travel to Toronto, since that process may take some time (sometimes months) and effort.

Confirmed speakers and events

We are pleased to announce these world-class invited speakers and events:

  • Dora Matzke (University of Amsterdam; Estes Early Career Award winner)
  • Joseph Austerweil (University of Wisconsin-Madison; Estes Early Career Award winner)
  • Jean-Claude Falmagne (University of California-Irvine; Senior Fellow Award winner)
  • Women of Math Psych Professional Development Symposium
  • The 27th Annual ACT-R Workshop

Additional speakers and events will be announced at a later time.

Call for symposia

Symposia are blocks of four to eight regular-length presentations on a relatively narrow topic.  "Regular length" means that there are 20 minutes total per presentation (this includes time for questions and answers).  To propose a symposium, send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with subject line "Symposium:" followed by a short title.  In the body of the email, please provide a symposium title; a 200-250 word abstract; and a proposed list of speakers.  Please also indicate which speakers (if any) have already agreed to contribute.

The deadline for symposium proposals is February 15, 2020.  The conference committee will review proposals within two weeks.  The strongest proposals involve a topic that is of interest to many conference attendees, while also attracting new people who don't normally attend the conference.  Ideally, many of the proposed speakers have already agreed to contribute.

Code of Conduct

Please note that everyone attending the meeting will be expected to adhere to the Society's Code of Conduct.  Attendees or applicants who have a priori concerns about the accessibility, inclusiveness, or welcoming nature of the conference should feel free to contact the Conference Chair directly at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


We hope to see you in Toronto!












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