Pre-Conference Workshops
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Register for one of the pre-conference workshops taking place concurrently on Wednesday, September 25.  There are separate fees for these workshops (see below under the workshop list).  When you register for the Annual Meeting, select the workshop you are interested in attending.


Pre-Conference Workshop #1
Wednesday, September 25, 2019
9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Ambulatory Psychophysiology

Organizer:  Greg Siegle, University of Pittsburgh

The goal of this pre-conference is to give attendees a soup-to-nuts feeling for what it means to get into ambulatory psychophysiology. We will cover an introduction to what technologies for ambulatory assessment exist, their strengths and limitations, and how to use them. Attendees will have a chance to play with a few technologies live with on-line data analysis. We will consider both research grade and consumer grade technologies. Finally, we will consider, as a group, standards to which it is useful to hold ambulatory technologies to for psychophysiology research.


Pre-Conference Workshop #2
Wednesday, September 25, 2019
9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Open Science in Psychophysiology

Eric Vanman, University of Queensland
Jenny Gutsell, Brandeis University
Andreas Keil, University of Florida
Peter Clayson, University of California, Los Angeles

This workshop / unconference / hackathon will allow participants to learn about and develop scientific practices that promote openness, integrity, and reproducibility of psychophysiological research. We welcome everyone to join us for a full day of workshops, hackathons, and presentations about Open Science methods and developments in psychophysiology, such as pre-registration, using R for analysis, open source experimental programming, sharing open science software tools, forming large-scale reproducibility projects, etc. Much of our meeting time will consist of unstructured conversations and workgroups to develop and promote open science practices.  Thus, this is a different type of pre-conference workshop, in that we hope to use our time together to start (and learn about ongoing) initiatives.

If you would like to attend this workshop, we highly recommend that you contact Eric Vanman,, so that you can be added to a group in which we will develop a working agenda in the months preceding the SPR meeting. We will share this agenda on a public site and then use it during the workshop in September. It is also recommended that you bring a laptop to the workshop so that you can access the OSF and Google pages that we will be using during the day.

Sample Agenda Items (to be finalized before the meeting):

·      MultiLab Projects on EMG, Impedance Cardiography, Startle Eyeblink, etc.
·      Open Workflow Designs: From data collection to analysis to public sharing
·      Open Software Tools for Data Acquisition and Analysis
·      Best Practices for reporting psychophysiological research
·      Using R and related tools for Statistical Analysis of Psychophysiological Data
·      Power Analysis for Within-Subject Analyses
·      Pre-registering your psychophysiology study


Pre-Conference Workshop #3
Wednesday, September 25, 2019
9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Time-Frequency Principal Components Analysis: A Practical Introduction to Applications with Event-Related Potential Data

Organizer: Edward Bernat, University of Maryland, College Park

This workshop will provide a conceptual and practical introduction to the application of principal components analysis (PCA) to time-frequency transforms (TFTs) of event-related potential (ERP) data. This approach has been useful for separating overlapping activity in ERPs, e.g. providing more specific measures of underlying processes.

A primary focus will be on amplitude measures, with extensions provided to time-frequency phase-synchrony measures (intertrial and interchannel), in the same framework. Amplitude reflects regional activity, while interchannel phase synchrony can index functional connectivity between regions during processing (e.g. medial-lateral functional connectivity). Approaches for indexing specific time-frequency activity will be covered (e.g. overlapping theta and delta activity during the N2, ERN, FN, etc.), from several tasks (e.g. gambling feedback, go/no-go, oddball, flanker).

Provided examples and hands on practice will center on an open-source matlab toolbox developed for this analytic framework. All analytic approaches can be implemented using the same process in the toolbox, which will be detailed in the workshop. The workshop will focus on the reduced Interference distribution (RID), from Cohen's class of TFTs, but the concepts and methods introduced are applicable to different TFT approaches (e.g. wavelets).


Pre-Conference Workshop Registration Fees

On or Before 8/26/19
Member:  $150 USD
Student Member: $90 USD
Non-Member: $240 USD
Student Non-Member: $180 USD


After 8/26/19
Member: $175 USD
Student Member: $115 USD
Non-Member: $265 USD
Student Non-Member: $205 USD



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