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SCiP 2019 is in Montreal.

The Annual Meeting of the Society for Computers in Psychology (SCiP) takes place one day before the main conference of the Psychonomic Society. Details about location and hotel can be found on the Psychonomic Society website. SCiP 2019 will take place Thursday, Nov. 14th in Montreal, organized by new SCiP President Danielle McNamara (Arizona State University).

2019 theme

The theme for this year’s conference is "The Fluid Mind." This theme emphasizes the importance of new methods for exploring change: dynamics, learning, memory formation, and so on.

Keynote speaker

Dr. Nia Amazeen (Arizona State University)

Presidential symposium

The Presidential Symposium will showcase SCiP's FABBS Early Career Impact Award winners over the past few years, with invited presentations from Drs. Laura Allen (University of New Hampshire), Rick Dale (UCLA), and Michael Jones (Indiana University).

The submission deadline is passed. The program will be posted shortly.
Past programs:

Society Governance

President and Directorship

President (2019)
Danielle McNamara (Arizona State University)

President-Elect (2020)
Alexandra Paxton (University of Connecticut)

Past-President (2018)
Chris Westbury (University of Alberta)

Executive Director (2019-present)
Rick Dale (UCLA)


For inquiries: scip.conference.organizer at gmail

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Steering Committee

Laura Allen, University of New Hampshire (2017-2020)

Blair Armstrong, University of Toronto (2017-2020)

Pietro Cipresso, Catholic University of Milan (2017-2020)

Alexandra Paxton, UC Berkeley (2016-2019)

Brendan Johns, University at Buffalo (2016-2019)

Danielle McNamara, Arizona State University (2016-2019)

Stefan Stieger, U. Konstanz (2016-2019)


History of SCiP

In 1971, Donald Tepas, then at St. Louis University, contacted the National Science Foundation with a request for support in developing an interactive system for searches. The NSF representative Tepas looked into the possibility of arranging a conference and publishing the proceedings. The first meeting was so successful that the meetings have been held ever since! The logo on the left is from this very first meeting in 1971.


Presentations at SCiP have led to groundbreaking and influential papers. Many of these have been published in the Psychonomic Society journal Behavior Research Methods (BRM). Each year BRM hosts a special issue of papers from SCiP presentations. Here is a sample of some major papers presented at SCiP and published in BRM. Together, they reflect thousands of citations, and broad influence on the field of psychological science.

Impactful SCiP papers of the past next →

SCiP Awards

Castellan Prize

SCiP's primary annual award is the The John Castellan Student Paper Award for the most outstanding student paper. Student papers on the application of computational or computerized methods to any area of psychology (theoretical, experimental, applied) are welcome. Eligibility is open to work done by a student currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate courses, or work done as part of a course, thesis, or other student research by a person who graduated within the past year. The student must be the primary author and the presenter of the paper to be considered. The award is presented at the conference.

2018 Castellan Winner

Mitchell Dandignac, Miami University.
Winning Paper: "Writing for Coh-Metrix: A systematic approach to revising texts to foster gist inferences."

Prior winners

FABBS Early Career Impact Award

The Federation of Associations in Behavioral & Brain Sciences (FABBS) provides support for the Early Career Impact Award for SCiP. SCiP is a FABBS member society. The award is given every few years, and 3 have been awarded so far.

2019 Winner: Dr. Laura Allen

Dr. Laura Allen, University of New Hampshire

A prominent aim of Dr. Allen’s research is to investigate the higher-level cognitive skills that are required for successful text comprehension and production, as well as the ways in which performance in these domains can be enhanced through strategy instruction and training. She has conducted a number of studies to understand how individual differences in cognitive skills and knowledge relate to performance on reading comprehension and writing assessments. This research has revealed a number of characteristics of successful readers and writers, such as their ability to generate inferences, their knowledge of vocabulary, and their ability to flexibly adapt their language across multiple tasks. Dr. Allen has drawn upon the findings from these studies to examine the impact of manipulating task instructions on task performance and to explore how educational technologies can be leveraged to facilitate learning. Laura has published approximately 80 peer reviewed publications, including 29 as first author, since 2013 -- a short and impressively productive career to date!

Dr. Allen recently received (as Co-PI) two four-year grants from the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) totalling approximately $1.4 million each. The purpose of these grants is to investigate how students process complex information in today’s technology-driven society and to develop educational tools that provide students, teachers, and researchers with writing analytics and feedback.

Prior winners

2016: Dr. Rick Dale, UCLA. Learn More.

2012: Dr. Michael Jones, Indiana University. Learn More.


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