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BPS Cognitive Section Annual Conference 2018

29 August 2018 - 31 August 2018 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Registration is required. See Pricing tab for more information.
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This year's Annual conference is to be held at Liverpool Hope University's Hope Park Campus on the 29, 30 and 31 August 2018.

Please see the programme tab for further information. 

Hope Park Campus 
Liverpool Hope University
Hope Park 
L16 9JD

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Finding Liverpool Hope University - 

Hope Park campus is situated on Taggart Avenue, Childwall, Liverpool, close to Queens Drive (A5058) at the end of the M62.

From Liverpool City Centre, it is easy to get buses from Queen Square Bus Station, which goes to Childwall Valley Road or Woolton Road/Taggart Avenue. Broadgreen Railway Station is situated just over a mile away from the campus.

Address for Satnav – Taggart Avenue, L16 9JD

Map to Hope Park 

Hope Park Campus Map 

Professor Fernand Gobet - University of Liverpool, UK

Professor James Nairne - Purdue University, USA 

Winner of the 2018 Cognitive Section Award (TBC)

Cognitive Aging - Chair: Dr Davide Bruno

Developmental Research in Mathematical Cognition - Chair: Dr Tom Gallagher-Mitchell

Recent Developments in Person Perception - Chair: Dr Andrew Dunn

Altogether Now: Interpersonal Coordination and Social Cognition - Chair: Dr Liam Cross

The Breadth of Expertise Research - Chair: Dr Philip Fine

On the Tuesday 28 August we will be holding a Bayes Satellite workshop run by Dr Mark Andrews (Nottingham Trent University) which will run from 1pm - 5:30pm with a coffee break. This workshop is being offered free of charge for all members of the Cognitive Section (See Registration Tab for details on how to join the Cognitive Section). Non-members are welcome to attend the workshop for a small fee. The workshop is limited to 30 participants and will be allocated on a first come first serve basis. To attend the workshop, please book when you register to attend the conference (Registration opens 19.03.18). Accommodation on Campus is also available for 28.08.18. Please note that all workshop participants will need to bring their own laptop with them to complete the practical elements of the course. 

Workshop Content

This workshop provides a practical introduction to Bayesian data analysis. We will start by describing the fundamental concepts of Bayesian statistical inference, and contrast these with frequentist methods of inference. Then, using a simple case study, we will explore all the major concepts and issues in Bayesian statistics including priors, likelihood functions, posterior inference, posterior predictive inference, Bayes factors, out-of-sample generalization, and so on. We will then turn to doing Bayesian general and generalized linear regression models and their multilevel counterparts. It is hoped that this workshop will provide a useful introduction to the theory and practice of Bayesian data analysis, and provide an introductory guide on how to use Bayesian methods in psychological research.

The conference dinner will be held at the Hilton Hotel on Thursday 30 August. Coaches will transport delegates from Hope Park Campus to the Dinner venue and will be able to return people to the University after the dinner has finished. However, the Conference Dinner venue is located between Liverpool One and the Albert Dock, providing the perfect opportunity for delegates to explore Liverpool City Centre. Conference dinner attendance is included in both the 3 day residential and 3 day non-residential packages. 

All presenters are expected to register and pay the appropriate rate. Please note that Early Bird rates will expire on 9 July 2018 after which all prices will rise by £25 (£10 for day rates).

The cost of conference attendance is as follows:


Early Bird

3 Day Residential

(Including Conference Dinner)

Early Bird

3 Day Non-residential

(Including Conference Dinner)

Early Bird

Single Day Rate

Post-Graduate Cognitive Section Members £350 £254 £96
Post-Graduate Non-members £401 £305 £106
Cognitive Section Members £375 £279 £100
Non-Members £426 £330 £125


All accommodation is ensuite and located at the Hope Park campus, a 2 minute walk from the conference venue.   

All residential rates include attendance to the conference dinner, however, Day delegates can also attend the conference dinner at an additional cost of £50. 




For any enquiries or if you would like to propose a symposia, please contact us at the following email address:

Alternatively, contact the Chair of the local conference committee, Dr Dan Clark at:


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