About MP2012

Basic Information

The 45th Annual Meeting of the Society for Mathematical Psychology (SMP) will take place in Columbus, Ohio from Saturday, July 21 through Tuesday, July 24. There will be a workshop in the morning, a preconference women's symposium in the afternoon and a welcome reception in the evening on Saturday, July 21.


The conference program is available here.


We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Air Force Office for Scientific Research (AFOSR).


You can register for the conference (and conference dinner) by creating an account on this website, using the 'register' link at the bottom left of this page. Here you will be asked to indicate what conference activities you want to take part in and to fill out your personal details that will be used in the program if you submit an abstract. The fees are listed below are in US dollars.

Activity Registrant Early Bird Regular
Conference Faculty 200.00
Student 100.00
Banquet Faculty 75.00
Student 35.00


Women's Symposium: Bridging the "Gaps"

Saturday, July 21 1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Fairfield Room

Keynote Speaker: Betty Tuller



Workshop: Building Human Cognitive Models Using Quantum Probability and Dynamics

Jerome R. Busemeyer, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, USA
Zheng Wang, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, USA

Saturday, July 21 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Fairfield Room


The cognitive revolution in the 1960’s was based on classical computational logic and the connectionist/neural network movements in the 1970’s were based on classical dynamical systems. These classical assumptions remain at the heart of both cognitive architecture and neural network theories. They are so commonly and widely applied that they are taken for granted and presumed to be true. However, in recent years, quantum probability and dynamics have been successfully used to explain many important anomalies in human cognition that resist classic explanations, including applications to perception of ambiguous figures, associative memory, conceptual combinations, probability judgments, decision making under uncertainty, survey research, and game theory.

Our workshop will compare fundamental differences between the two types of probability theories and dynamic systems. The logic and mathematical foundation of classic and quantum theory will be laid out. We will emphasize the process to develop quantum models to account for experimental findings which are puzzling from the perspective of classic cognitive models using real research examples.

References and resources are available at Cognition Notes.htm


Other Conferences

The Cognitive Science Conference will be held in Sapporo, Japan between August 1 and 4.