Conference program

2017 FINAL Program


2017 Program Addendum

Psychophysiology Supplement and abstracts


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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
Presidential Address: Overcoming Impaired Cognition in Schizophrenia: New Opportunities for Intervention
Cindy Yee Bradbury
SPR President and Professor and Director of Clinical Psychology, Departments of Psychology and Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences, University of California, Los Angeles, CA USA

Pre-Meeting Workshops

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

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
Autonomic Nervous System Laboratory (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.

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Women in Science and Education Luncheon

Evaluation of Merit in Psychological Science: Implications for Women and Minorities
Co-hosted by Diversity Committee and WISE
Friday, October 13, 2017, 12:00 noon-1:30 p.m.
Fee:  $10 USD per person
RSVP: September 8, 2017 (anticipated space for 130 attendees)

WISE and the SPR Diversity Committee invite you to attend a lunchtime discussion of the evaluation of merit in psychological science and the implications for women and minorities. Extensive research documents the role that implicit biases play in the hiring and promotion processes, as well as peer review and teaching evaluations. We will discuss potential solutions, at both the institutional and individual levels, to help mitigate the impact of these biases. We hope you can join us! The lunch and panel discussion are inclusive and open to all, irrespective of gender, ethnicity, or career level. Any questions about the event can be directed to Lauren Neal (
To register, please check the appropriate box on the SPR registration form or directly contact the SPR Registrar via email at Confirm your attendance by September 8, 2017. (Registration for this event is on a first come, first-served basis).

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? (CANCELLED)
Date and Time: Friday, October 13 – breakfast or lunch
Host: Nash Boutros, MD
Professor and Chair, Department of Psychiatry. University of Missouri-Kansas City

Can You Feel the Beat? The Study of Interoception in Affective, Social, and Cognitive Science 
Date and Time: Thursday, October 12, 2017, 12:00 noon-1:15 p.m., Lunch
Sarah Garfinkel, PhD
Associate Professor, Brighton and Sussex Medical School, University of Sussex
Sarah Kark, PhD Candidate
Graduate Student, Department of Psychology, Boston College
Interested in participating? Send an email to

Doing Effective Psychophysiological Research at a Primarily Undergraduate Institution
Date and Time: Thursday, October 12, 2017, 12:00 noon-1:15 p.m., Lunch
Host: Catherine Norris, PhD, PUI Sub-committee
Interested in participating? Send an email to

Simultaneous EEG-fMRI – Is it Worth Doing? Share Your Experience of Coupling EEG and fMRI Data
Date and Time: Friday, October 13, 2017, 12:15 p.m.-1:30 p.m., Lunch (date change from Saturday)
Host: Ewa Beldzik, PhD
Associate Professor, Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland
Interested in participating? Send an email to