2014 Pre-Conference Workshops


Choose from the following pre-conference workshops being held prior to the 2014 Annual Meeting. Register for your choice of workshop on the Annual Meeting registration form (available on the website soon).

Pre-Conference Workshop #1 (two-day workshop)
Tuesday, September 9 (10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.) and Wednesday, September 10 (8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.)
The Mini ERP Boot Camp
Steven J. Luck, PhD
Center for Mind and Brain, University of California, Davis

The ERP Mini Boot Camp is a 2-day condensed workshop version of Steve Luck's 10-day ERP Boot Camp. The workshop will provide an intensive introduction to the ERP technique, designed for beginning and intermediate ERP researchers at the graduate, postdoctoral, and faculty levels. The goal of the Boot Camp is to provide an in-depth introduction to the everyday procedures that are used in ERP research, with an emphasis on how various procedures are actually performed and why they are performed that way.

The Boot Camp will consist of a set of lectures and demonstrations by Steve Luck that are tightly linked with his book, An Introduction to the Event-Related Potential Technique, 2nd Edition (MIT Press). Topics will include the following:

  1. ERP Components
  2. Design and Interpretation of ERP Experiments
  3. Electrodes, Amplifiers, Filters, and Noise
  4. Averaging, Artifact Rejection, and Artifact Correction
  5. Measurement and Statistical Analysis of ERP Components

Pre-Conference Workshop Registration Fees:

On or Before 8/11After 8/11
Member $150 USD$170 USD
Student Member $100 USD$115 USD
Non-Member $225 USD$240 USD
Student Non-Members $175 USD$190 USD


Pre-Conference Workshop #2
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
NIH Research Domain Criteria (RDoC)
Bruce Cuthbert, Ph.D.
National Institute of Mental Health
Charles Sanislow, Ph.D.
Wesleyan University
Peter Lang, Ph.D.
University of Florida
Judy Ford, Ph.D.
University of California San Francisco
Chris Patrick, Ph.D.
Florida State University
Alfons Hamm, Ph.D.
University of Greifswald
Jan Richter, Ph.D.
University of Greifswald

The Research Domain Criteria Project (RDoC) is a new initiative developed by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) to "Develop, for research purposes, new ways of classifying mental disorders based on dimensions of observable behavior and neurobiological measures." This project has attracted considerable attention both in the U. S. and internationally as an innovative new approach for studying and classifying psychopathology. RDoC may be viewed as an inherently psychophysiological enterprise, in that it integrates psychological and physiological measurements to explore functional dimensions that range from normal to abnormal extremes.

The aim of this workshop is to provide an in-depth consideration of the project, and of ways that the RDoC framework can be employed to facilitate psychophysiological research on mental disorders. Discussions and questions will be encouraged throughout the workshop in order to develop a full understanding of the RDoC initiative and its directions.

  • The workshop will begin with a presentation of the rationale, background, and organization of the RDoC initiative and its research matrix.

  • The second section of the workshop will include a discussion of the various ways that RDoC research studies can be designed, highlighting differences with traditional ways of studying mental disorders.

  • The afternoon session will include discussions with four SPR presidents whose research programs have contributed significantly to the development of RDoC, and represent outstanding exemplars of work consistent with the RDoC framework.

Pre-Conference Workshop Registration Fees:

On or Before 8/11After 8/11
Member $125 USD$145 USD
Student Member $75 USD$95 USD
Non-Member $200 USD$220 USD
Student Non-Members $150 USD$170 USD


Pre-Conference Workshop #3
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Heart Rate Variability: Mechanisms, Methods and Interpretation
Gary Berntson, PhD
The Ohio State University
Dave Lozano
Mindware Technologies

This one day workshop will consider the psychological and physiological foundations and applications of measures of heart rate variability in psychophysiological contexts. This will include a discussion of the underlying mechanisms of heart rate variability and its autonomic origins, as well as basic recording and data analytic approaches for quantifying heart rate variability. The significance and interpretation of heart rate variability as well as interpretive caveats will be discussed. A final practicum session will demonstrate optimal lead placement and configuration, recording and signal processing and data analysis.

Pre-Conference Workshop Registration Fees:

On or Before 8/11After 8/11
Member $125 USD$145 USD
Student Member $75 USD$95 USD
Non-Member $200 USD$220 USD
Student Non-Members $150 USD$170 USD