Welcome Martin Wiener as our first Board of Directors!

We are excited to announce that Dr. Martin Wiener will be joining TRF’s newly instituted ‘Board of Directors’ as our first Director. 
Dr. Martin Wiener’s lab is engaged in understanding the neural mechanisms and computations underlying time, space, and action. His work employs numerous techniques, including fMRI, EEG, TMS and tES, as well as combinations of these. His work additionally explores how the neural mechanisms for time adapt to different experimental contexts. 

Martin is an active member of the timing research community and we are thrilled to have him on board and help shape TRF’s mission and support its 700+ members community. Martin will be at the TRF2 Conference in Mexico in case anyone wants to discuss anything related to TRF. 
Best wishes,TRF

Timing & Time Perception Special Issue on “Temporal Illusions”

Hosted by Fuat Balcı & Argiro Vatakis 

Decades-long research in interval timing has primarily focused on the psychophysical properties of this fundamental function typically in consideration of veridical timing behavior. Along the similar vein, generative models of interval timing mostly focus on the processing dynamics of the internal stop-watch in its default mode. Both of these approaches have largely overlooked the malleability of perceived time by exogenous factors such as stimulus intensity and endogenous factors such as physiological arousal. These very relations could actually help researchers better understand the representational constitution of subjective time and the processing dynamics of the internal stop-watch. This special issue aims to cover a wide range of empirical and theoretical work on the effects of different factors (e.g., stimulus features, physiological states, emotional states, drugs) on timing and time perception in humans and other animals.

Submission procedure:

1. Full paper submission by November 1st, 2019.

Instructions for submission: The submission website is located at: http://www.editorialmanager.com/timebrill/. To ensure that all manuscripts are correctly identified for inclusion into the special issue it is important to select “Special Issue: Temporal Illusions” when you reach the “Article Type” step in the submission process. More details on format that must be followed in preparing your manuscripts see here


3. Standard peer review/revision process will be followed.

4. Final decisions are expected by May 15th, 2020.

PhD position in audio-visual synchrony perception at TU Eindhoven

4-years PhD position in audio-visual synchrony perception at TU Eindhoven, The Netherlands

Within the framework of the EU funded Marie Skłodowska Curie Initial Training Network VRACE (Virtual Reality Audio for Cyber Environments) a 4-years PhD position is available in the Human-Technology Interaction group of the TU Eindhoven, The Netherlands, under the supervision of Armin Kohlrausch.

Applications are invited (and only possible) via the WEB portal of the TU/e. More detailed information on the position and details how to appply can found at:  https://jobs.tue.nl/en/vacancy/phd-investigating-audiovisual-synchrony-perception-in-virtual-environments-513162.html

Important: According to the eligibility rules of the EU, specific mobility requirements apply to this position, which are described in detail on the job site. Please check before applying whether you fulfill these requirements. 

The application deadline is April 15, 2019, start of the position preferably as soon as possible after the end of the selection process.

Research internship: Vocal learning and interactive communication in harbour seal pups

A 3-month Research Intern position is open for application at the
Sealcentre Pieterburen, The Netherlands. The successful candidate will
join the Seal Sounds team and actively perform bioacoustics research with newborn harbour seal pups (usually 1-3 weeks old) under the supervision of Dr. Andrea Ravignani (https://ravignani.wordpress.com). The project will investigate how harbour seal pups time their calls interactively with conspecifics and learn sounds from each other, as part of a larger Belgian/EU project on pinniped communication. The candidate will receive training in pinniped behaviour, bioacoustics, experimental design, etc. Apart from hands-on research with the pups, depending on the interests of the candidate, there will be possibilities to work on other research projects, and help as an assistant seal nurse in the daily care of the pups.

Qualifications: Bachelor or Master degree in any of the following (or related) disciplines: Biology, Psychology, Zoology, Animal Behaviour, Marine Biology, Neurosciences, Psychobiology, Cognitive Sciences, Speech and Language Sciences, Sound engineering, etc.

Necessary skills: Crucially, the candidate must (1) have a working command of English, (2) be enthusiastic about research in animal behavior and communication, and (3) be willing to work hard. Previous experience with animals, audio recordings and/or playback experiments is not needed but appreciated.

Location & accommodation: The Sealcentre (www.zeehondencentrum.nl) is located in Pieterburen, which is a small town in a natural area of the Netherlands. At any point in time, it hosts tens of international students, young volunteers, and veterinarians, all interested in seals. The university town of Groningen (200,000 inhabitants) is less than an hour away. If needed, cheap onsite accommodation with other students and volunteers can be arranged.

Financial matters: This is an unpaid internship.

Starting date: April, 28th, 2019.
Application deadline: February, 25th, 2019=20

How to apply: Applicants should send a brief cover letter (max 500 words =
explaining their reasons to apply) and a CV combined into a single PDF =
to Andrea Ravignani (andrea.ravignani@gmail.com) with the subject Research Internship Seal Sounds.

Andrea Ravignani
Research Dpt., Sealcentre Pieterburen
AI-Lab, Vrije Universiteit Brussel