Psychonomics Pre-Conference
A symposium organized by the Society for Mathematical Psychology
Hosts: Clintin Davis-Stober, Timothy J. Pleskac
Date: Thursday, November 14, 2019
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location: 516A

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 day long symposium will showcase the latest theoretical and modeling advances spanning a broad range of topics, including: perception, memory, decision making, and methodology. The symposium will consist of a set of invited presentations, a poster session, and an unconference session. What is an unconference? Come find out because we aren’t sure either, but we promise it will be different, that you will learn something, and that by participating you will have the opportunity to help advance your own research and the field of mathematical psychology.

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You can download the symposium booklet here.


Are you interested in participating in the speed-geeking session? What is speed-geeking? To be honest, we are figuring this out as we go. But, here is the gist. During this session the presenters (i.e., the geeks) will have 5 minutes to present a half-baked idea, a fully-baked idea, a fully-baked idea but one in which the bread just didn't rise (so to speak), or anything in between. Attendees will rotate between geeks hearing their idea and have the opportunity to ask questions, pose solutions, or just be inspired by the creative energy.

Interested? Go ahead and submit an idea! We hope to accommodate everyone who applies to be a presenter.

To apply to participate in the speed-geeking session all you need is a title and a mini-abstract (280 characters). You can apply up until the time of the conference, but it would help if you could submit your application by Friday, November 1, 2019, using this link ↗.

9:00 - 9:05 Introduction
9:05 - 9:10 Remarks from Editor in Chief, Computational Brain & Behavior Scott Brown
9:10 - 9:15 Remarks from Editor in Chief, Journal of Mathematical Psychology Adele Diederich
9:15 - 9:45 The Lexical Context Model: A continuous bag of words model of semantic and episodic memory Cassie Jacobs
9:45 - 10:15 Are you an exception to Cumulative Prospect Theory? Michel Regenwetter
10:15 - 10:35 Short break
10:40 - 11:10 Bayesian hierarchical modeling of cognitive processes: Benefits and pitfalls Julia Haaf
11:10 - 11:40 Science, statistics and the problem of pretty good inference Danielle Navarro
11:40 - 13:00 Lunch break
13:00 - 14:15 Poster session (room 517ABC; posters 154-161)
14:15 - 15:30 Unconference: Speed geeking