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SCiP 2020 Program Document

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SCiP 2020 Virtual Forum

The Annual Meeting of the Society for Computation in Psychology (SCiP) takes place one day before the main conference of the Psychonomic Society. Due to the international pandemic, SCiP 2020 will be an entirely virtual conference. The theme for this year’s conference is “Computation for Social Good.” As we celebrate our 50th anniversary, the invited talks in this theme will highlight how interdisciplinary computational thinking can benefit society in a variety of arenas—from mental health to education.

Organized by 2020 SCiP President: Alexandra Paxton (University of Connecticut).

Full 2020 Call for Submissions (closed)

SCiP 2019, last year's theme

The theme for last year’s conference was "The Fluid Mind." This theme emphasized the importance of new methods for exploring change: dynamics, learning, memory formation, and so on. SCiP 2019 took place Thursday, Nov. 14th in Montreal, organized by 2019 SCiP President Danielle McNamara (Arizona State University).

Full SCiP 2019 Program

2019 keynote speaker

Dr. Nia Amazeen (Arizona State University)

Title: You’ve got these data... Now what? Dynamical methods in psychology

Abstract: In the age of technologies that enable the collection of extremely large longitudinal data sets, continued progress calls for the use of dynamical methods that capture informative patterns that unfold over time and across measurements. In this talk, I will present a strategy for dynamical systems analysis that includes selection from a toolbox of possibilities and implementation on data sets that categorically cover the range of patterns typically observed in psychological data.

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.

SCiP is a member of Societies Consortium on Sexual Harassment in STEMM.

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

Erin Buchanan, Harrisburg University (2018-2021)

Stephanie Huette, The University of Memphis (2018-2021)

Kay Livesay, Linfield College (2018-2021)

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)


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 →

Semantics of SCiP: Crump, Jamieson and Aujla (SCiP 2019) developed a semantic model along with an interactive tool to explore the conceptual trends of recent SCiP submissions. Click here to try it yourself! Reference: Crump, M. J. C., Jamieson, R. K., & Aujla, H. (SCiP 2019). Semantic Librarian for SCIP abstracts: An R Shiny App and Package for searching and visualizing semantic spaces.

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) represents a coalition of scientific societies with a common goal of advancing our understanding of mind, brain and behavior. SCiP has been a member society of FABBS for several years. FABBS educates federal representatives and Congress on sciences of the mind, advocates for legislation and policy that enhance scientific training and resarch, and more. Because we are a FABBS society, members of SCiP get free access to Policy Insights from the Behavioral and Brain Sciences (PIBBS).

FABBS organizes the Early Career Impact Award, and each of its member societies, every few years, chooses a recipient whose research has already made a big impact at an early stage of professional development.

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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