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Welcome to the Cognitive Psychology Section

The Cognitive Psychology section of the British Psychological Society was formed in 1978 as a national forum for the discussion of research and issues of professional concern to cognitive psychologists. The Section's activities include an Annual Conference, usually held in September, one or more specialist events in the year and symposia at the main Society Conference in March/April.

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Annual Conference - 2014

We are pleased to announce the 31st BPS Cognitive Psychology Section Conference, which will be held at Nottingham Trent University, 3rd to 5th September, 2014



We are now accepting submissions for oral papers and posters on all aspects of Cognitive Psychology and closely related topics.

Submissions for posters and oral papers should be between 150-200 words long, should include key words and all relevant authors. You can download the abstract submissions form, from the bottom of the Details tab, on the conference website. Instructions concerning the submission process are included on the form.

Extended Abstract submission deadline is now 23:59 GMT on FRIDAY 16 MAY 2014.

To submit an abstract please visit the Conference website

EVENT BOOKINGS are also live!

Early bird conference rates available until 30th June

For event bookings please visit the Conference Registration website

Annual Conference - CogDev2013

Joint BPS Cognitive & Developmental Section conference at the University of Reading, 4th to 6th September, 2013. Thank you to all the contributors and delegates who made this a great conference.

Annual Award Winner - 2013

Congratulations to Padraic Monaghan and colleagues who are the winners of the 2013 Cognitive Section Annual Award for their paper, Monaghan, P., Christiansen, M. H., & Fitneva, S. A. (2011). The arbitrariness of the sign: Learning advantages from the structure of the vocabulary. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 140, 325-347. Prof. Monaghan gave the Prize Talk at the 30th Annual Cognitive Psychology Section Conference, 2013 at the University of Reading.

Pre-CogDev Postgraduate Workshop - 2013

Pre-CogDev conference workshop for postgraduates titled 'Advice and inspiration: Getting published and planning your career' at the University of Reading, 3rd September, 2-5pm. Go to the Postgraduate Workshop website for online registration and information.

PsyPAG Conference - 2013

Keynote speaker Emeritus Professor Graham Hitch. Go to the PsyPAG conference website for further details.

Cognitive Psychology Section Rules

Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of the Cognitive Psychology Section will be held on Wednesday 3 September 2014, 5.30pm at Newton building, Nottingham Conference Centre, Nottingham Trent University, NG1 4BU.
Nominations are invited for:




4 years
(3 years Chair, 1 year Past Chair)

Honorary Secretary

3 years

Honorary Treasurer

3 years

Nominations for the above vacancies should be sent to the Honorary Secretary on the enclosed nomination form, at the Society’s offices to reach us no later than 12 noon on Wednesday 23 July 2014, at the address on the nomination form.

All nominees must be Full Members of the Cognitive Psychology Section with voting rights unless otherwise specified. The nominations require a proposer and seconder who must be Full Members of the Cognitive Psychology Section with voting rights and the consent of the nominee to accept office, if elected, must be obtained in writing.

Nominees are asked to complete brief biographical details of not more than 300 words, using the reverse of the nomination form. This information will be used should a ballot be necessary.

Cognitive AGM Notice 2014
Cognitive Nomination Form Home 2014
Cognitive Nomination Form Overseas 2014

To submit a nomination by email please scan a copy of the signed form and send it to the email address stated on the nomination form.

Alternatively, if the nominee does not have the signatures for the proposer or seconder, the nominee can email the completed form and ask that the proposer or seconder separately send an email from their Society-registered email address - including their membership number - to Member Network Services, stating they are happy to propose or second the nominee.

If you have any queries regarding the AGM, nominations or resolutions please email Member Network Services.


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