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

Keynotes

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.

Terms:
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

Excursion

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

Mark

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

CALL FOR PAPERS

 Special Issue of Timing & Time Perception 

PSYCHOLOGICAL AND BIOLOGICAL TIME: THE ROLE OF PERSONALITY 

Guest editors: 

Marco Fabbri, Elisabeth Åström, and Marc Wittmann 

Time offers a dimension for all our activities, defines our behavior, and is an essential part of our life. Several time dimensions have been defined: 

(1) Time perception (TP) has a fundamental impact on individuals’ optimal functioning, and it can be characterized as the matching or mismatching between objective and subjective time. Two main concepts constitute our experience of time: succession (i.e., identification of event temporal order) and duration (i.e., identification of event persistence over time). However, different personality and psychiatric disorders, including developmental issues, such as impulsivity, depression, and anxiety can impact the perception of time. 

(2) Experience is cognitively parsed or tagged into separable time zones, as the time perspective or time orientations (TO), which play a role in the construction of human experience into past, present, and future temporal frames. This cognitive construction provides order, coherence, and meaning for personal and social experience. Thereby, it is important to reach a healthy balance between the time orientations of the past, the present, and the future and this balance can be considered the ability to learn from the past, to adapt in the present, and to engage in goal-oriented behavior in the future. Personality traits can be related to different time orientations as well as to the deviation from the balanced time perspective. 

(3) Time awareness (TA) is defined as the subjective impression of time passing quickly or slowly. It is also associated with personality dimensions: for example, impulsive individuals often complain that time passes too slowly and, therefore, react prematurely. Page 2 of 2 

(4) Finally, circadian typology indicates individual circadian rhythms (CR) from a biological approach. Morningness-eveningness preference has been widely associated with personality, suggesting, for example, that morning-types are more conscientious, whereas evening-types are more related to extraversion or neuroticism. Research on the connections between the different time dimensions is scarce and unsystematic, especially those indicating the role of personality in individual “temporal” differences. 

This Special Issue on “Psychological and Biological Time: The Role of Personality” aims to fill the gap in the literature, showing how different time dimensions are interrelated and connected to individual differences and personality development. Authors from all areas of psychology and neuroscience are encouraged to submit research or review articles addressing the scope of the research topic. 

SUBMISSION PROCEDURE 

1. Deadline for submission: June 1, 2019. 

2. 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: Psychological and Biological Time: The Role of Personality” 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 https://brill.com/fileasset/downloads_products/Author_Instructions/TIME.pdf. 

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

4. Final decisions are expected approximately by November 30, 2019

Post-Doc Position at the Timing & Decision-making Lab at Koç University

The Timing & Decision-making Lab (https://tmdmlab.ku.edu.tr/) at Koç University (Istanbul, Turkey – https://www.ku.edu.tr/en/home) is looking for a postdoctoral fellow primarily to work in a project (funded by TÜBİTAK) that investigates the neural basis of interval timing in mice using optogenetics and electrophysiology. The research will integrate behavioral, computational, and electrophysiological approaches. The position is for up to 3 years starting immediately (negotiable). Candidates are expected to have a Ph.D. degree in the areas of Psychology, Neuroscience and/or related fields. Proficiency in spoken and written English is required. Koç University is one of the leading universities in the region and English is the teaching language. In addition to the salary, the benefits include private health insurance, housing, and meal card.
To apply please send a cover letter and CV to fbalci@ku.edu.tr. Reference letter(s) will be requested after the initial evaluation. Applications will be considered until the position is filled.