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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.

Society News and Updates
Research Associate University of Bristol - School of Experimental Psychology

We are seeking to appoint a talented experimental psychologist for a research project entitled "The Role of Local and Symbolic Representations in Mind and Brain". The goal of this project is to better characterise the representations that underlie language, memory and perception, and you will be involved in both computational and empirical research. Some related work to this project can be found at and

You will conduct literature reviews, carry out computer simulations using Parallel Distributed Processing (PDP) networks, complete statistical analyses, and contribute to writing papers for journal publication. You will also have the opportunity to present research findings and conferences. The academic leader of this project is Professor Jeffrey Bowers.

This post is funded for 30 months. If successful, you may be appointed either on a fixed term or a permanent contract depending on the extent of your previous relevant research experience, in line with the University's Fixed Term Contract Agreement. Further information can be found at

Contact for informal inquiries:
Professor J Bowers ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it | 0117 92 88573)

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News from MP2011

The 44th Annual Meeting of the Society for Mathematical Psychology was held at Tuft's July 15-18. Thanks go to local organizer Rich Chechile and his team for a very successful meeting, and to the NSF, AFOSR, and Cognitive Science Society for their financial support.

Highlights included

  • Plenary presentations from newly elected NAS member Barbara Dosher, Yann Le Cun, and 2010 Estes Early Career Award Winner Janne Kujala
  • A well attended "women in mathematical psychology" pre-conference meeting, with Barbara Dosher as a guest speaker
  • A post-conference workshop on "multinomial processing trees" run by Bill Batchelder, Rich Chechile, and Xiangen Hu


News coming from the meeting includes

  • The 2011 William K. Estes Early Career Award winner is Charles Kemp from CMU, who will give a plenary address at the 2012 meeting in Columbus, OH
  • The 2011 R. Duncan Luce Oustanding Paper Award winner is Clintin P. Davis-Stober from the University of Missouri, for his paper "Multinomial models under linear inequality constraints: Applications to measurement theory"
  • The 2011 winner of the best student poster on a cognitive science topic, sponsored by the Cognitive Science Society is Gilles Dutilh, from the University of Amsterdam, for his poster "A Phase Transition Model for the Speed-Accuracy Trade-Off"
  • New executive board members are Amy Criss from Syracuse, and Andrew Heathcote from the University of Newcastle, replacing outgoing members Zyg Pizlo and Jun Zhang
  • The new society president is Eric-Jan Wagenmakers, from the University of Amsterdam, and Robin Thomas from the Miami University of Ohio is now the vice-president
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