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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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Fellowship in Computational Cognitive Modeling
Thursday, 16 June 2016 13:33

We are looking for a postdoctoral fellow as part of an NSF-funded project entitled “The Impact of Dynamically Changing Information on Decision Processes”. Applicants will join a collaboration at Vanderbilt University between Dr. Jennifer Trueblood (Psychology) and Dr. William Holmes (Physics) with the aim of using computational models to understand how people make decisions in dynamic environments.

Project Description: When we make decisions, we are often faced with complex, changing information. Any reasonable decision-making process should be able to adjust to and integrate new information, yet little is known about how this is done. This project takes a joint experimental and computational modeling approach to examine the impact of changing information on both binary and multi-alternative decisions.

Desired Skills: Candidates should hold a Ph.D. in psychology, neuroscience, physics, computer science, mathematics, engineering, or related disciplines. The following skills are also strongly desired:

1. Background in computational modeling and / or experimental psychology

2. Ability to create quantitative models of cognitive processing

3. Solid programming skills, including MATLAB and experience with high performance computing and GPUs

4. Knowledge of Bayesian methods for model fitting and comparison

5. Demonstrated scientific expertise, with publications in refereed journals

6. Experience with eye tracking is also desired, but not necessary.

Additional Information: The appointment can start as early as Fall 2016, but we will consider candidates who can start at a later date.  The appointment is for one-year. Renewal for a second year is contingent on availability of funds, satisfactory performance, acceptable progress in carrying out the assigned duties, and mutual agreement. Salary is commensurate with experience.

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter including a brief statement of career goals, curriculum vitae, one example publication / manuscript, and contact information of three references. Apply to Dr. Jennifer Trueblood, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Vanderbilt University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Women, minorities and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

PhD position in Quantitative Psychology

A PhD position is available in the research group on Quantitative Psychology and Individual Differences at the KU Leuven, University of Leuven, Belgium. The topic of the research is Computational models for emotions and emotion-related disorders.

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Postdoctoral Fellowships in Model-based Cognitive Neuroscience
We eagerly seek postdoctoral fellows to join an NIH-funded project in model-based cognitive neuroscience. Applicants will join a collaboration at Vanderbilt University between Thomas Palmeri, Jeffrey Schall, and Gordon Logan linking cognitive models with neural data, with the aim of developing and testing models that explain the behavioral and neural dynamics of perceptual decision making, visual search, and cognitive control. Projects variously combine cognitive modeling, neural modeling, neurophysiology and electrophysiology, and eye movements. The ideal applicant will have expertise in one or more of these areas and wish to develop new expertise linking these areas together in unique ways.


Research facilities include computer workstations, laboratory behavioral testing stations, eye trackers, and a shared 6000-core / 500TB compute cluster at Vanderbilt’s ACCRE for analyses and modeling. Candidates can hold a Ph.D. in psychology, neuroscience, computer science, mathematics, engineering, or related disciplines. Candidates should have demonstrated skills in computer programming and statistical analyses; some background in computational modeling is strongly desired. Start date is negotiable, but preference will be given to candidates who can begin within six months. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis as they arrive. Salary will be based on NIH postdoctoral scale; we anticipate a three-year fellowship, pending annual review and reappointment. Applicants should send a cover letter with a brief research statement, a CV, and names and email addresses of three references to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
Last Updated on Monday, 09 May 2016 18:07
PhD Position in Empathy & Emotion
Friday, 06 May 2016 07:44

PhD Position "Modelling the effect of empathy and emotion on strategies in two-player games.

We will use mathematical modelling of experimental psychology data to explore the role of emotional states in the development of cooperation strategies in two-player social dilemma games. The aim is to understand better the role of empathy and emotional states in the evolution of cooperation in social groups.

A social dilemma arises when an individual’s selfish interest diverges from that of the social group of which they are a part and on which they rely. A social dilemma game, such as the famous Prisoner’s Dilemma, is a mathematical construct in economic game theory that aims to model social dilemmas. Social dilemma games are also used experimentally to explore how people really behave when presented with stylised dilemmas. We aim to shed light on why people are typically more cooperative when playing such games than would be expected on purely rational grounds by investigating how the communication of emotional states between players might influence their behaviour. The PhD student on this project will analyse data from social dilemma game experiments involving feedback of players’ emotional states and will help run follow-up experiments. The student will use the data and insight from the experiments to construct mathematical models of the evolution of player strategies in response to emotional feedback.

Lead supervision is in Mathematical Sciences with co-supervision in Psychology. We anticipate that the project will involve game theory, stochastic dynamical systems and statistical inference, along with some programming in e.g. Matlab, python, or c++, and so candidates will need a strong background in mathematics and should have a first class degree, or equivalent, in mathematics or a related discipline with a large quantitative component such as physics or statistics. An interest in psychology is essential and previous study of it will be an advantage. Applicants must have strong interest in and motivation for interdisciplinary research and the ability to communicate effectively across discipline boundaries.

To apply for this studentship, please apply for the MPhil/PhD in Mathematics using the University of Southampton on-line application system and quote the project title in your application. The on-line application form and guidance notes can be found here:

The studentship will cover tuition fees and stipend for UK/EU applicants. Partial funding is available for non-UK/EU students.

Please submit applications as soon as possible: we will review applications until the position is filled.


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Lecturers in Psychology at UC Berkeley
Tuesday, 12 April 2016 17:12

The UC Berkeley Department of Psychology is seeking outstanding lecturers to teach courses during the fall, spring, and summer terms. Applicants will be selected from a pool throughout the academic year for specific courses. For more information or to apply to the pool, view the listing here:

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