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PSYCOLOQUY ISSN 1055-0143 Monday, 23rd April 2001, Newsletter Section

(1) Announcement: The Spearman Seminar.
(2) Announcement: Internat.Behav.and Neural Genetics Society.
(3) Announcement: Neural Information Processing Systems.
(4) Announcement: LOT-NWCL Summer School.
(5) Announcement: Wksp on Cog.Agents and Multi-Agent Interaction.
(6) Employment: Post-Doctoral Research Associateship.
(7) Employment: Four Lectureships.


From: Gerry Pallier (
Subject: The Spearman Seminar.

The Third Quadrennial Spearman Seminar
Wednesday November 28th - Friday November 30th 2001
The University of Sydney, Australia

The purpose of this conference is to bring together 20 or so of the top
investigators from around the world who have conducted research from a
variety of perspectives on the enhancement of human intelligence. The
work of these leading scientists will be complimented by presentations
from other psychologists, from both Australia and elsewhere.

This is the third in a series of quadrennial "Spearman Seminars," named
after the late British psychologist, Charles Spearman, who is credited
with discovering the concept of general intelligence, or g. The first
two seminars, initiated by Sidney Irvine of Plymouth University, dealt
with reviewing new conceptions of intelligence (Dennis & Tapsfield,
1996), and considering the mediating role of personality (Collis &
Messick, in press). With the concurrence of Plymouth University, the
venue for the current Seminar, to be held in 2001, is the University of
Sydney, Australia.

Further information regarding speakers, abstract submission,
registration dates, fees, and so on is available on the www page above
or via e-mail:


From: Wim Crusio (
Subject: International Behavioural and Neural Genetics Society.

The International Behavioural and Neural Genetics Society was founded
in 1996, aiming to bring together scientists working in the fields of
behavioral and neural genetics. IBANGS has experienced rapid growth in
the years since and now has over 400 members worldwide, that work on a
variety of subjects using a multitude of organisms (including
Caenorhabditis elegans, Drosophila melanogaster, rodents, and humans).

The Society is now entering a new phase of its existence with the
creation of a new journal, Genes, Brain and Behavior, to be published
by Munksgaard International Publishers. Genes, Brain and Behavior, or
G2B for short, will publish behavioral and neural genetics in its
broadest sense, defined as any article addressing problems in behavior
or neuroscience using genetic research strategies. The emphasis will be
on the analysis of the behavioral and neural phenotypes under
consideration, the unifying theme being the genetic approach as a tool
to increase our understanding of these phenotypes. It is our conviction
that now, when the Human and Mouse Genome Projects have just been
completed and many new techniques are being applied to the analysis of
brain and behavior, the publication of a journal covering the complete
field of behavioral and neural genetics is particularly timely.

In addition to the usual mix of Research Articles, Reviews, and Short
Communications, the journal will publish Book Reviews, Letters to the
Editor (on articles published in the journal), and Commentaries
(opinion pieces on topics of general interest to the behavioral
neurogenetics community). Timely expert review will be assured by a
slate of world-class scientists, all active researchers in behavioral
neurogenetics, that have agreed to serve as Associate Editors and
members of the Editorial Board. For a listing see:

The Editors and the Publisher are committed to rapid publication,
working preferentially through the Internet, from submission to
publication, to reduce the time needed for the editorial process. The
print version of the journal will appear quarterly.

The first issue of G2B will be presented during the forthcoming Fourth
Annual Meeting of IBANGS in San Diego (November 8-10, 2001). We are
therefore now starting to accept submissions for papers for
publication. Suggestions for Book Reviews and Commentaries are also
welcome. Full Instructions for Authors can be found on the journal's

It is our hope that many of you will join us in this exciting endeavor.


From: NIPS (
Subject: Neural Information Processing Systems.

Neural Information Processing Systems: Natural and Synthetic.
Monday, Dec. 3 -- Saturday, Dec. 8, 2001
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Whistler Ski Resort

This is the fifteenth meeting of an interdisciplinary conference which
brings together cognitive scientists, computer scientists, engineers,
neuroscientists, physicists, statisticians, and mathematicians
interested in all aspects of neural processing and computation. The
conference will include invited talks as well as oral and poster
presentations of refereed papers. The conference is single track and
is highly selective. Preceding the main session, there will be one day
of tutorial presentations (Dec. 3), and following it there will be two
days of focused workshops on topical issues at Whistler Ski Resort
(Dec. 7-8).

Submission Instructions:

NIPS accepts only electronic submissions. Full submission instructions
will be available at the web site given below. You will be asked to
enter paper title, names of all authors, category, oral/poster
preference, and contact author data (name, full address, telephone,
fax, and email). You will upload your manuscript from the same page.
We will accept postscript and PDF documents, but we prefer postscript.
The electronic submission page will be available on June 6, 2001.

Submission Deadline:


The LaTeX style files for NIPS, the Electronic Submission Page, and
other conference information are available on the World Wide Web at

For general inquiries send e-mail to:


From: LOT (
Subject: LOT-NWCL Summer School.

We are very pleased to present the programme for the LOT-NWCL Summer
School 2001, to be held in Utrecht from July 9 to July 20. Below is a
short summary of the program; detailed information on each of the
courses can be found on our website:

You can now register electronically and make lodging arrangements via
this site. Deadline for both is May 8.


From: Charles Ling (
Subject: Workshop on Cognitive Agents and Multi-Agent Interaction.

Workshop on Cognitive Agents and Multi-Agent Interaction
A symposium at ICCS 2001 (Aug 27-31, Beijing, China)

The workshop is open to all members of the Cognitive Science
community. However, the number of participants is limited.
Consequently, authors of accepted papers will be given priority in
terms of attendance. The organizers will make a concerted effort to
ensure a good mix of established researchers, graduate students and
junior researchers with diverse backgrounds.

Important Dates and Deadlines

- Deadline for submission of full papers (up to 6 pages) or abstract (1
page): May 15, 2001.
- Notification of acceptance: May 31, 2001.
- Deadline for receipt of camera-ready papers: June 30, 2001

A special issue of Cognitive System Research is planned for the
selected papers accepted by the Workshop.

Check for updates at:


From: Stevan Sloman (
Subject: Post-Doctoral Research Associateship.

Post-doctoral research associate in CAUSAL REASONING.

The Department of Cognitive and Linguistic Sciences is hiring a
research associate funded by an award from NASA to participate in a
project on causal inference. Candidates should have a background in
higher-level cognition, preferably with experience using experimental
and mathematical or computational modeling techniques. Applicants must
hold a PhD in Cognitive Science, Psychology, or a related discipline,
or show evidence that the PhD will be completed shortly. Applicants
should send a vita, a 1 to 2 page research statement, three letters of
reference, and any other supporting material to:

Steven Sloman
Post-doc Search
Cognitive and Linguistic Sciences
Brown University, Box 1978
Providence RI 02912

The position is open immediately for one year, renewable upon
satisfactory completion of duties. Salary is competitive.
Applications will be accepted until a suitable candidate has been

Brown University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.


From: Colin Cooper (
Subject: Four Lectureships.

4 Lectureships in PsychologySchool of Psychology
Queens University Belfast

Post 1: Social Psychology
(Ref: 01/P251A)
Post 2: Developmental Psychology
(Ref: 01/P252A)
Post 3: Cognitive Psychology
(Ref: 01/P253A)
Post 4: Cognitive or Developmental Psychology or Individual Differences
(Ref: 01/P254A)

The School of Psychology wishes to appoint four lecturers in Psychology
and invites applications from those with a good research background,
compatible with existing research interests of the School. Applicants
should have a least a second class Honours degree in Psychology, and 3
years research experience at postgraduate level. Applicants should have
some experience of teaching and should have undertaken in an area of
psychology relevant to the Schools interests. Applicants should have
experience of making presentations at scientific conferences. Full
criteria will be listed in the further particulars for the positions.

Salary Scale: Lecturer A/B: 17,238 - 30,065 per annum (under review)
with eligibility for the Universities Superannuation Scheme and a
generous relocation package.

Informal enquiries should be made to:

Post 1: Dr John Kremer
tel: 028 90274375

Post 2: Dr Karen Trew
tel: 028 90274219

Post 3: Professor Carol McGuinness
tel: 028 90274373

Post 4: Dr Colin Cooper
tel: 028 90274545

Closing date: 5.00 pm, Monday 30 April 2001.

Applicants, quoting reference number(s), may obtain further particulars

Personnel Department
Queens University Belfast
Belfast BT7 1NN

The University is committed to equal opportunities and to selection on
merit. It therefore welcomes applications from all sections of


PSYCOLOQUY is a refereed electronic journal (ISSN 1055-0143)
sponsored by the American Psychological Association

Submissions are acknowledged automatically.

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