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The conference will take place at Liverpool Hope University, Hope Park Campus, 29th – 31st August 2018.

Keynote Speakers

  • Prof Fernand Gobet, University of Liverpool, UK
  • Professor James Nairne, Purdue University, USA
  • BPS Cognitive Section Annual Prize Winners
    • Dr Joanne Taylor, Aston University, UK
    • Dr Matthew Davies, University of Cambridge, UK
    • Professor Kathleen Rastle, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK

Confirmed Symposia

  • Altogether Now: Interpersonal Coordination and Social Cognition - Chair: Dr Liam Cross
  • Cognitive Aging - Chair: Dr Davide Bruno
  • Creativity and insight in problem solving - Chairs: Margaret Webb and Prof. Linden Ball
  • Developmental Research in Mathematical Cognition - Chair: Dr Tom Gallagher-Mitchell
  • Recent Developments in Person Perception - Chair: Dr Andrew Dunn
  • The Breadth of Expertise Research - Chair: Dr Philip Fine

Conference Dinner

The conference dinner will be held at the Hilton Hotel on Thursday 30th 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. 

Bayes Workshop (28.08.18)

On the Tuesday 28.08.18 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.

All presenters are expected to register and pay the appropriate rate. Please note that Early Bird rates will expire on 9th 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


Early Bird

Single Day Rate

Postgraduate Cognitive Section Members £350 £254 £96
Postgraduate 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.

Membership to the Cognitive Section

All members of the Cognitive section receive discounts to the Cognitive Section conference. There are two main ways to become a member of the section. You can either:

Postgraduate Bursaries

The BPS Cognitive Section offer bursaries which aim to provide some financial assistance to help postgraduates attend and present posters/papers at the conference. For details of these bursaries and how to apply for them can be found on the Cognitive Section's webpage.

Bayes Workshop (28.08.18)

The Bayes workshop can be booked through the online store when you register for the conference. There are 30 places for the workshop which will be allocated on a first come first served basis. The workshop is free for Cognitive Section Members but non-members may also attend for a fee of £50. Additional accommodation can also be booked for the 28th August at a cost of £48 per night.

The conference will be held at Liverpool Hope University's Hope Park campus, which is just 4 miles from the city centre. 

By train

Hope Park can be easily accessed by Liverpool Lime Street train station. The train station is approximately a 15 minute taxi ride from Hope Park and can be accessed by the 86C bus which takes you directly to Taggart Avenue; the 79C and 79D bus services stop at the Childwall Fiveways and the 75 bus service stops on Woolton Road.

In addition, Hope Park can also be accessed by Broad Green Train station (which is approximately 1 mile from campus) or Liverpool South Parkway (which is less than a 10 minute taxi ride from campus).

Private hire taxis

ComCab +44 ( 0)151 298 1234 (card)/+44 (0)151 298 2222 (cash)
Village Taxis +44 (0)151 427 7909
Liverpool Taxi Service +44 7582 35 35 35 

By Car

There is car parking available on campus should you wish to use it (please email the conference email address to arrange car parking). Sat Nav's should use the postcode L16 9JD to locate Hope Park Campus.

By Air

The closest airport to the conference is Liverpool John Lennon Airport. It takes approximately 20 minutes to get from the airport to campus by bus or taxi.

In addition, Manchester is the second closest airport to Liverpool Hope University. It takes approximately one hour by National Express coach to get from Manchester airport bus terminal to Liverpool city centre.

Oral Presentations

All talks are 15 minutes in length with 5 minutes for questions.

Poster Presentations

Posters will be displayed on a board which is 180cm in height and 90cm wide. We are asking all delegates to display their posters as soon as possible after they arrive and to leave them displayed for the duration of the conference.

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 at:

Dr Dan Clark: