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Poster Abstract Submissions
The Call for Poster Abstracts is now closed.  Monday, April 2 was the deadline to submit your abstract.  Authors were notified by email as to the status of their poster submission on May 9, 2018.

Symposia and Panel Discussions
February 5, 2018 was the deadline for symposia and panel discussion submissions.  Notifications as to the status of the submissions were sent by email on March 22, 2018.


Student Poster Award

1. You must be the first author on a student poster submission.
2. You must be a full-time student (in a pre-doctoral capacity) at the time of submission.
3. You must be a student member of SPR, or apply for membership by April 2, 2018
4. You must attend the Annual Meeting in Quebec City.

Please note the requirement that you be a member or have applied for membership by April 2, 2018. The reason for this is that the committee must be able to identify clearly which student members are eligible for consideration in order to plan the review and judging of the posters. For this reason, it is not possible to consider students who join SPR at the time of on-site conference registration.

To be considered, simply submit the usual 1,600 characters, including spaces, poster abstract by the submission deadline April 2, 2018, and indicate that you will be attending the conference in Quebec City.

Award Criteria:
The Program Committee will preselect several dozen posters, based on the submitted abstract. One or more judges from the Poster Award Committee will visit each candidate poster at the meeting and have a conversation with the student author. In reviewing the poster, the committee will look for a clear statement of the research problem; sound methods and statistical analysis; the appropriateness and clarity of figures and graphics; and a concise and well-organized presentation. Additional criteria will include the student’s grasp of the findings and the ability to describe the work to both non-experts and experts.

The winners will be announced, and the awards presented, at the Saturday Evening Social. Each year there are a few students who are not present to receive their awards, missing out on the opportunity to receive this significant recognition by the entire Society, so we encourage you to plan on attending the Social.


Jane Shepard, Meeting Planner, meetings@sprweb.org


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Presentation Formats

Poster Submissions

The majority of abstracts will be presented during Poster Sessions.
Poster submissions are limited to one (1) First Author submission per individual.
Poster submissions for which the first author is a student (a graduate student, undergraduate student, or a pre-doctoral research assistant/associate) are eligible for a Student Poster Award. Only current SPR student members are eligible for this award. Judging for Student Poster Awards will take place at all poster sessions and awards will be presented during the Saturday Night Social.
Please note: If you are planning to be the presenting author of more than one abstract, you must be available to present each submission in a different poster session, if needed.

Symposia Submissions

Symposia are designed for the presentation of several talks related to a common area of research. To encourage a synthesis of research, the Program Committee will give highest priority to proposals that reflect interdisciplinary approaches to a topic and represent contributions from multiple laboratories. Inclusion of a junior member is also encouraged. Symposia should have a well-defined focus with all participants addressing the same problem area. If a discussant is included, she/he should be familiar with all of the work to be presented and be prepared to evaluate and integrate the material presented rather than present new data. The time allotted to symposia will be 90 minutes. The number of participants should allow time for the presentations, discussant's remarks, and questions from the audience. Evaluations of symposia by the Program Committee will be based on a summary abstract submitted by the organizer(s) and individual abstracts prepared by each participant. The maximum number of abstracts that may be submitted for a symposium is six (one overall abstract and five supporting abstracts).

Structured Panel Discussions

These 90-minute sessions are designed to stimulate discussion about a particular issue by a panel of investigators working in that area. Examples of topics of past panel discussions include challenges related to specific methodologies, issues concerning funding, the future of psychophysiology, etc. Compared to symposia, they place less emphasis on formal oral presentation and are less data intensive. Instead, the focus should be on structured discussion among the panelists and/or questions from the audience. The Program Committee will review all panel discussion submissions. The evaluations will be based on the summary abstract submitted by the organizer(s) and individual abstracts prepared by each participant. A clear integrative focus should be apparent in the summary statement prepared by the organizer(s) and the abstracts of the individual participants. The maximum number of abstracts that may be submitted for a panel discussion is six (one overall abstract and five supporting abstracts).


Presentation Topics
Aging Individual Differences Pharmacology
Attention Infants / Children / Adolescents Psychopathology
Behavioral Medicine Intervention Research Quantitative Speciality
Biofeedback Learning / Conditioning Sensation / Perception
Cognition Memory Sleep
Couples / Family Research Motivation Social Factors
Emotion / Affect Neurological Disorders / Neuropathology Speech / Language
Ergonomics Non-Human Animals Unconscious Processes
Genetics Pain Other
Immunology Personality
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