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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 Society journal is the Journal of Mathematical Psychology.

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Cognitive Neuroscience Position at UC Irvine

Subject to budgetary authorization, the Department of Cognitive Sciences ( at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) has available a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level in cognitive neuroscience. Of particular interest are cognitive neuroscientists who combine experimental research with theoretical modeling or innovative analysis methods. The successful candidate will interact with a dynamic and growing community in cognitive, computational, and neural sciences within the Department and in the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience. Irvine is located in Orange County on the Southern California coastline between Los Angeles and San Diego.

The online application includes: A cover letter indicating primary research interests, CV, three recent publications, and 3-5 letters of recommendation. For further details and to apply, please visit:

Review of applications will commence on 11/01/2012. Inquiries about the application process or position should be sent to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

UCI is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity and strongly encourages applications from all qualified applicants, including women and minorities. UCI is responsive to the needs of dual career couples, is dedicated to work-life balance through an array of family-friendly policies, and is the recipient of an NSF ADVANCE Award for gender equity.

Vale Thaddeus Cowan

Thaddeus Cowan, a longtime member and SMP Secretary-Treasurer from 1996 to 2002, died on June 7, 2012 at the age of 77. Thad was retired from Kansas State University (KSU) and was living in Bozeman, MT. In addition to KSU, Thad taught at the University of Connecticut, Albion College, Oklahoma State University and Weber State University. Thad was the primary organizer of the 2003 SMP meeting that was held at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. Thad is remembered for his brilliant papers and talks, his distinctive laugh, his infectious enthusiasm, his expansive curiosity, and his valuable service to the field of mathematical psychology. Among his contributions, Thad used topology to show how people interpret impossible figures like those of artist M.C. Escher--two-dimensional representations that could never be reproduced in three dimensions. Thad also used mathematical braid theory to turn the Penrose triangle inside-out. In another paper, Thad used mathematical catastrophe theory to model approach-approach and avoidance-avoidance conflicts. Thad will be missed by his many friends in SMP.

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