Conference program

2017 Preliminary Program

Invited Speakers

Brain Structure and Dynamics of Language Processing
Angela D. Friederici
Director, Department of Neuropsychology, Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Germany and Vice President, Max Planck Society, Germany

The Future of Cognitive Neuroscience
Russell A. Poldrack
Albert Ray Lang Professor, Department of Psychology and Director, Stanford Center for Reproducible Neuroscience, Stanford University, Stanford, CA USA

The Anterior Cingulate Cortex in Learning and Changing Behavior
Matthew Rushworth
Research Fellow, Department of Experimental Psychology and Centre for Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the Brain, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK

Pre-Meeting Workshops

Pre-Meeting Workshops will all be held concurrently on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 and for an additional fee. Fees to be announced soon.

Pre-Meeting Workshop #1
Advanced EEG Single-Trial Analysis Techniques
Adrian Fischer, Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg

In this workshop, we will introduce participants into possibilities on how to combine model-based analysis techniques with single-trial EEG data. Computational modeling promises to help gain mechanistic insights into the temporal dynamics of brain signals to further our understanding of important cognitive processes. These models are especially fruitful if they exploit temporal dynamics within trials, as well as variation in cognitive processes that occur from trial-to-trial. On the other hand, electrophysiological signals, despite being highly time-resolved, have a poor-signal to noise ratio. In this workshop we will introduce participants to basic techniques of how to combine single-trial data with EEG analyses using robust regression techniques. We will additionally introduce means to increase single-trial data quality via independent component analysis (ICA) and multivariate modeling, which can fruitfully be combined with single-trial regressions.

All participants should have basic knowledge in matlab as well as a solid understanding of ERP analysis methods. If using a laptop, please bring an electrical adapter to plug into power.

Pre-Meeting Workshop #2
Multilevel Modeling
Elizabeth Page-Gould, University of Toronto

Multilevel modeling (MLM) is a statistical analysis that can analyze datasets with cases are not independent, like the repeated measures data commonly recorded in psychophysiological studies. Moreover, MLM is a flexible analysis that can be learned once and readily adapted to most psychophysiological designs. For psychophysiologists who are used to working with Repeated-Measures ANOVA, MLM offers an improved method for harnessing the statistical power of within-subjects designs and can easily incorporate continuous predictors. This workshop will provide a practical introduction to MLM for psychophysiologists, including advanced topics like growth curves, non-Gaussian data, cross-classified models, and the calculation of effect sizes.

Workshop materials will include example data and syntax for SPSS, R, and SAS. The goal is for you to leave the workshop with the theoretical and practical knowledge you need to immediately begin analyzing psychophysiological data with MLM.

If using a laptop, please bring an electrical adapter to plug into power.





Pre-Meeting Workshop #3
ANSLAB Workshop
Frank Wilhelm, University of Salzburg

The multidimensional nature of peripheral physiological data and interactions between different signals represent a methodological and computational challenge in psychophysiological science. ANSLAB (short for Autonomic Nervous System Laboratory) is an integrated software suite programmed in MATLAB that supports data visualization, artifact detection, data reduction, automated processing, and statistical analysis for a large range of cardiovascular (incl. HRV, ICG), electrodermal, respiratory, and muscular (incl. eye-blink startle) measures. In this workshop we will show how to analyze data using ANSLAB, both in its free and fully licensed version (see SPR Software Repository and

The workshop will be presented by Frank Wilhelm and Michael Liedlgruber, University of Salzburg, Austria, and consists of a set of demonstrations and hands-on exercises (please bring your notebook computers). Contact: Michael Liedlgruber,

If using a laptop, please bring an electrical adapter to plug into power.


Special Interest Breakfast, Lunches, and Dinners

As in previous years, small group breakfasts, lunches, and dinners may be held to provide an informal setting for people to meet and share common interests. If you are interested in organizing a special interest group, please send an email to Jane Shepard at with the topic, date and time. It will be posted on the website with your name as the contact.

Is it Time to Seriously Think About Clinical Applications?
Date and Time: Friday, October 13 – breakfast or lunch
Host: Nash Boutros, MD
Professor and Chair, Department of Psychiatry. University of Missouri-Kansas City
Interested in participating? Send an email to