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

Fechner Day 2019

Dear friends and colleagues

I am very pleased to announce that Fechner Day 2019, the 35th annual meeting of the International Society for Psychophysics will be held at the Rixos Downtown Hotel in Antalya, Turkey, between November 2nd to 6th. The meeting is organised in collaboration with Dr. Evrim Gülbetekin and staff of the Department of Psychology at Akdeniz University, the Mediterranean University of Turkey. The slight change in date is due to a confluence of meetings at the time of the anniversary of the founding of psychophysics, and is organised to fall largely over the weekend to maximise opportunities to attend.

Location and Venue: Antalya

From Wikipedia: Antalya is a metropolitan area of some 2.2M inhabitants located in southern western Mediterranean region of Turkey. The city that is now Antalya was first settled around 200 BC by the Attalid dynasty of Pergamon, which was soon subdued by the Romans. Roman rule saw Antalya thrive, including the construction of several new monuments, such as Hadrian’s Gate, and the proliferation of neighbouring cities. The city has changed hands several times, including to the Seljuk Sultanate in 1207 and an expanding Ottoman Empire in 1391. Ottoman rule brought relative peace and stability for the next five hundred years. The city was transferred to Italian suzerainty in the aftermath of World War I, but was recaptured by a newly independent Turkey in the War of Independence.

Antalya is Turkey’s biggest international sea resort, located on the Turkish Riviera. Large-scale development and governmental funding has promoted tourism. A record 12.5 million tourists passed through the city in 2014.

In early November, the weather in Antalya is expected to be manly dry with an occasional shower, with temperatures in the 20-30 degree range.

Getting to Antalya: Antalya Airport (AYT) www.antalya-airport.aero/homepage serves a number of low-cost carriers from major European, Russia, Ukraine and former Soviet Union territories, as well as Middle East hubs. Travel to Antalya should not be particularly expensive from Europe, although November is the end of the holiday season. Alternatively, Antalya is served by domestic airlines, particularly Turkish Airlines www.turkishairlines.com and Pegasus Airlines www.flypgs.com/en. Both carriers provide a frequent, cheap, comfortable and reliable service to Antalya from either Istanbul Atatürk or Sabiha Gökçen International Airports, the first of which is a major hub itself, due to operational range of Turkish Airlines.

Venue: the Rixos Downtown Antalya downtownantalya.rixos.com is a 5* hotel overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. The hotel is 1 km from the Antalya Museum and 7 km from Konyaaltı Beach, although access to the sea is much closer.

The upscale rooms offer minibars, free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs, plus balconies, sitting areas, and tea and coffeemaking facilities. Upgraded suites have separate living rooms, and some have whirlpool baths. Room service is available.

Amenities include Turkish and international restaurants, open-air dining and a cafe, plus 7 bars and regular live entertainment. There’s a high-end spa, a heated outdoor pool and a gym. Activities such as tennis, badminton, water sports are available.

See Registration, Accommodation and Conference Fees (below)

Preliminary Program Information


We are pleased to announce – provisionally – the following keynote speakers

Onur Güntürkün (Ruhr University Bochum)
Ruth Litovsky (U-W Madison)
Yoshitaka Nakajima (Kyushu University)
Canan Başar-Eroğlu (University of Bremen)
Jim Townsend (Indiana University)
Steve Link (UC San Diego)

Call for special sessions and free talks/posters

Our website should be up and running in the next week or so. But in the mean-time the following email addresses are active

  • Info: infofd19@gmail.com
  • Registration: regfd19@gmail.com
  • Submission: submissionfd19@gmail.com

Please direct proposals (200-300 word abstract alongside list of speakers and topics) for special theme sessions to the Submission email. Please add ‘Theme Session Proposal’ in the subject line of your email

For talks or posters, please send a 200 word abstract indicating your preference (Poster or Talk) to the Submissions email. Please add ‘Talk/Poster Proposal’ in the subject line of your email

For general information, please email ‘Info’ and for registration queries, ‘Registration’. Please refer to the information on Registration, Accommodation and Conference Fees given below:

Registration, Accommodation and Conference Fees

Registration will be open once the web site is up and running by mid February and I will revert to you then with details of how to register.

Accommodation we have negotiated special deal with the Rixos Downtown Hotel for 40 rooms, and we have 20 additional rooms in the university guest house (bed and breakfast) at a discounted rate for students. A free shuttle bus will transport from the guest house to the hotel and return (about 2 km). We will provide options to pay for either full-board or half-board accommodation at the hotel within the conference fee. Similarly, there is an option to pay for the university guest house within the discounted student conference fee. The first 40 fee-paying registrants covering accommodation will be allocated one of the discounted rooms at the Rixos Downtown, likewise for the first 20 fee-paying student registrants. There are also conference fees without accommodation included.

I hope, if we fill the 40 rooms, we can negotiate further rooms with the hotel at the rates below.

We have attempted to be flexible, but this doesn’t cover every possibility. If you want something different, email us at ‘Registration’
Conference Fees

All conference fees (in Euro) cover small items, proceedings volume, lunch and coffee breaks at the venue, as well as ISP membership fees of 90 Euro (full) and 35 Euro (discounted). Conference fees also cover the cost of the conference!

The conference dinner, planned to be held at the venue, will cost an additional 35 Euro.
The excursion, planned or the 6th November, will involve additional cost.

Single room – 4-nights single occupancy
Double Room – 4 nights double occupancy
Half Board – 4 days breakfast and lunch
Full Board – 4 days breakfast, lunch and dinner prepaid, plus unlimited drink allowance at the hotel bars.

Conference Fees:

Double-room registrant full-board: 629 Euro
Double-room registrant half-board: 563 Euro

Single-room registrant full-board: 567 Euro
Single-room registrant half-board: 503 Euro

Student registrant in University guest house: 224 Euro

Registrant without accommodation in the fee: 428 Euro
Student registrant without accommodation in the fee: 138 Euro


It is planned to offer the opportunity to visit local archaeological sites, and we will be back with further details.

With very best wishes and hoping to see you later in the year in Antalya


Dr. Mark A. Elliott
School of Psychology, National University of Ireland Galway
Galway, Republic of Ireland
T.: +353 (0091 495345
E.: mark.elliott – na – nuigalway.ie