Wednesday, 8 December 2010

Finer details of travel to Nottingham and activities on the day

Here are some specific details about the sessions and directions to NTU, City Campus.

Day 1
BPS Maths, Stats and Computing Section CPD workshop

Monday December 13th 2010
9.00-9.30 Registration and coffee.
930-12.30 Morning workshop starts (either PsychoPy or R)
12.30-2.00 Lunch
2.00-5.00 Afternoon workshop ends (Linear mixed models in R)
Note: Lunch is provided as part of the workshop.

Professor Thom Baguley Thomas.BaguleyATntuDOTacDOTuk
Dr Gillian Smith Gillian.SmithATntuDOTacDOTuk
Dr Danny Kaye Danny.KayeATntuDOTacDOTuk

We would like to create an email list to share with other delegates and the session leaders. If you wish to be included please email me (Thomas.BaguleyATntuDOTacDOTuk) requesting this (we are not permitted to circulate the list without permission).

Travel directions
By public transport.

The easiest way to get to Nottingham Trent University, City Campus (Campus Map) is by train and tram. Trams go direct from Nottingham train station to Nottingham Trent University every few minutes throughout the day. An all day tram ticket will cost about £3.00 (buy a ticket from the conductor on the tram; he or she will be able to provide change, from £10 or less).

The Nottingham Trent University tram stop is just outside the Chaucer building main reception (on the same side of the street). The Division of Psychology is based on the 4th floor of the Chaucer Building. The registration desk for the workshop will be at the Psychology entrance (also on the 4th floor!). Please feel free to ask the security personnel on the front desk for assistance if you require.

By car.

The easiest method is park and ride. Either travel to East Midlands Parkway (train station) and park your car and take the train to Nottingham, followed by tram (as above). You can buy a combined train and parking ticket.

Or travel to The Forest Park and Ride, park your car and take the tram (as above; except you’ll be coming in from the other direction and will need to cross the road to get to the Chaucer building). Parking is free.

Parking in central Nottingham.

Parking in central Nottingham is expensive – probably around £15-20 per day (but there are usually plenty of places in the Trinity Square or Victoria Centre car parks). The one-way system is also very difficult to navigate unless you are familiar with the city. We may be able to organize one or two visitors parking spaces at the Gill Street car park (see tram stop map above), but this is still not recommended (as getting through the one-way system in rush hour morning traffic is difficult unless you know the roads well).

There is also a guide to getting to NTU here

Monday evening:
The organizers and session leaders plan to have an informal drink and a meal after the workshop. Delegates are warmly invited to join us. We will meet in the Chaucer Building foyer at 6.30pm (to allow a short break after the session). You are warmly invited to attend.
Day 2
BPS Maths, Stats and Computing Section Annual Scientific Meeting

Are as above, however, the Annual Scientific Meeting will be held in the Newton Building (this building is further up Goldsmith Street on the other side of the street from the Chaucer Building). Please see here for details (Campus Map)

Will be between 9-9.30 in the foyer of Newton Building. There will be signs, around the building, and feel free to ask the security on the front desk (main entrance is on Goldsmith Street) should you require any assistance.

If you have not already, please email Gillian.SmithATntuDOTacDOTuk to let us know you are planning to attend day two. It is a free event.

We look forward to welcoming you to NTU

Friday, 3 December 2010

2010 Scientific meeting programme

BPS Mathematical, Statistical and Computing Section
Annual Scientific Meeting Programme
14th December 2010


9.30am- 9.45am

Dr Glenn A. Williams, Nottingham Trent University
Exploring what is hidden: The power of Latent Class Analysis in uncovering barriers to engagement in the arts

Ranald Macdonald Prize winner: Dr Colette Corry, University of Ulster
Title TBC

Morning tea break 10.55-11.20

Dr Maarten Speekenbrink, University College London
Adaptive design for model discrimination

Keynote speaker: Dr Michael Brammer, Institute of Psychiatry, London
Lies, damned lie and fMRI: issues and challenges in the analysis of fMRI data

Dr Andrew Rutherford, Keele University
Multiple hypothesis testing when hypotheses are related logically using Shaffer’s R test: A hierarchical step down procedure with a step up test at each step 

1.00pm-1.45pm Lunch

John Barry, City University (London)
Research methods achievement predicted by stress, social class, and locus of control, but not dyscalculia.

Diana Omigie, Goldsmith’s University (London)
Music and amusis- an experience sampling study
Dr Andy Fugard, University of Salzburg
Towards a rational use of mathematics in the psychology of reasoning

3.15pm-3.30pm Afternoon tea break

3.30pm AGM

Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Last chance for workshop registration

Places are still available for the Introduction to R, Linear mixed models in R and PsychoPy sessions. Only a few days left to register ...

Registration link

N.B. This is for the workshop only. The scientific meeting on the following day is free to attend and registration will be open until a couple of days before (this enables us to track the numbers and move to a larger lecture theatre if required).

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

2010 Workshop and scientific meeting (Nottingham December 13th-14th)

November's issue of The Psychologist incorrectly indicates the venue as London. The Workshop and Scientific meeting are most definitely in Nottingham!

Monday, 11 October 2010

Registration for 2010 CPD workshops and Annual Scientific Meeting now open!

Day 1: 13th December 2010

CPD statistics and computing workshops

Parallel Sessions
R: An introduction for psychologists (Thom Baguley & Danny Kaye, Nottingham Trent)

An introduction to PsychoPy (Jonathan Peirce, Nottingham)
Bayesian data analysis: An introduction for psychologists (Mark Andrews, Nottingham Trent)
Linear mixed models using R (Andy Fugard, Salzburg)

Registration for the workshops is now open. Places are limited. Discounted rates are available for MSC section members and current students. For full details are available here.

Day 2: 14th December 2010

Annual Scientific Meeting  and AGM
We hope you will join us for this free event. The Scientific Meeting will commence at 9.30 am and will feature papers applying mathematics, statistics or computing to Psychology. Please note that you do not have to be a section or BPS member to present a paper or to attend.

Calls for Papers and Posters
Submissions are invited for the Annual Scientific Meeting. Presentations on both theoretical and substantive applications are welcome, in the area of Mathematics, Statistics or Computing in Psychology. We are particularly keen to welcome submissions from postgraduate students. Abstracts should be submitted as attachment with your name, institution and contact details by 15th November and sent via email to Dr Gillian Smith (Gillian dot Smith at

Annual scientific meeting registration
To register for Annual Scientific Meeting, please email name, institution and contact details and to the Section Secretary Dr Gillian Smith (Gillian dot Smith at

Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Call for Papers: 2010 Annual Scientific Meeting

The Mathematical, Statistical and Computing Psychology Section is pleased to invite papers for their

Annual Scientific Meeting 
at Nottingham Trent University
13th & 14th December 2010
Papers can be on any novel aspect of Mathematics, Statistics or Computing applied to Psychology (broadly defined), and we are particularly keen to encourage submissions from Psychology Postgraduates or from researchers in disciplines that overlap with mathematical and statistical psychology.*

Please submit abstracts to the Section Secretary Gillian Smith along with name, contact details and affiliation by 28th November 2010
Directions and further details about the event will be on the MSCS blog soon
For any queries please contact

Please note that Day 1 (13th) will comprise of professional development workshops, on the following topics R: An introduction for psychologists (Thom Baguley & Danny Kaye), Bayesian data analysis: An introduction for psychologists (Mark Andrews), Linear mixed models using R  (Andy Fugard) and  An introduction to PsychoPy (Jonathan Peirce). Day 2 of the conference will comprise of the Section AGM, keynote, postgraduate prize winner and delegates papers.

* Note that you do not have to be a member of the BPS or the section to present a paper.

Thursday, 9 September 2010

Ranald Macdonald Postgraduate Research Award- Call for nominations

The Mathematical, Statistical and Computing Psychology Section is pleased to invite considerations for the
Ranald Macdonald Postgraduate Research Award.
Deadline for applications 15th October 2010

This will be awarded to the best Postgraduate thesis (MSc, MRes, MPhil, Professional Doctorate, DPhil or PhD) using mathematics or statistics in a novel way to investigate an aspect of Psychology (submitted and passed within 1st August 2009-31st July 2010 inclusive).

The prize consists of £150.00 and expenses up to £200 to attend the section's annual conference this year at Nottingham Trent University. As a condition of accepting the prize, the winner will be expected to present an aspect of their winning work at this years Annual conference (dates below).

Further details on eligibility and the simple application process can be found below or by contacting the Section Secretary Gillian Smith
Please note the deadline for submissions will be 15th October 2010 at 5pm.

How to apply:
Please send the following to the section secretary Gillian Smith via email to

1. Your full contact details including Name, Institution, Degree Title and Date Qualification was awarded, Address, Email, Telephone number and the Name (s) of Supervisors

2. The extended abstract from your thesis, which outlines the findings of your work

3. A supporting statement from one of your supervisory team outlining the importance and contribution of your thesis and suitability for the award (no more than 300 words)

Procedure: Your application will be considered by a panel of Mathematical, Statistical and Computing Section Committee members, and the panel’s decision will be final. One or more submissions will be short-listed and their authors may be invited to submit the complete thesis to the panel for final consideration via PDF. The panel reserves the right not to short-list any candidates if the panel does not deem the quality of submissions to be sufficiently high. From time to time the panel may also seek the views of expert reviewers on the quality of a submission prior to short-listing or to making an award. The panel may, in exceptional circumstances, make a split award between two equally deserving candidates.

Criteria for making the award: Emphasis will be placed on the following criteria:

- use of novel mathematics or statistics

- reference to substantive issues in psychology or related disciplines

- clarity of exposition of the mathematical or statistical concepts

- potential or actual contribution to the field, via peer-reviewed publication

Friday, 6 August 2010

Provisional dates for 2010 Annual Scientific Meeting and CPD workshop for early career researchers

The provisional dates for the BPS Mathematics, Statistics and Computing section Annual Scientific Meeting are now available. The meeting will be held at Nottingham Trent University on the 14 December 2010. The meeting will be combined with an CPD workshop on the 13th December (also at NTU).

The workshop will be aimed at early career researchers and as of writing four half-day workshops have been scheduled. The planned workshop sessions are:

   R: An introduction for psychologists (Thom Baguley & Danny Kaye)
   Bayesian data analysis: An introduction for psychologists (Mark Andrews)
   Linear mixed models using R  (Andy Fugard)
   An introduction to PsychoPy (Jonathan Peirce)

Further details - including registration info - on both the Annual Scientific Meeting and the workshop are to follow.

Tuesday, 2 March 2010

BPS Journals launch twitter feed

The BPS Journals office have just launched a twitter feed. Although I'm usually a skeptic about such things I've just tried it out and it is rather good. Having never used twitter before I didn't realize how the cross-linking works. You can subscribe to the feed, but also follow topic and other links (or presumably come across links in google searches).

The Journals office will also be providing some open access links to articles with lots of press coverage via these links.

Thursday, 14 January 2010

PsyPAG Statistics Workshop in Strathclyde (January 18th 2010)

Three members of the section committee will be presenting at the PsyPAG Statistics Workshop in Strathclyde next week. Dr Andrew Rutherford will be talking about statistical assumptions, Dr Gillian Smith about teaching statistics and Professor Thom Baguley will be presenting on multilevel modeling. The speakers (including Professor Mark Shevlin) will also be acting as a panel for a 'live' statistics surgery.

The event is organized by PsyPAG's Josie Booth and supported by PGwT and the University of Strathclyde Roberts Innovation Fund.

2009 Annual Scientific Meeting

The 2009 Annual Scientific Meeting was held at Staffordshire University. Thanks to Professor David Clark-Carter (local organizer) and Dr Gillian Smith (Section Secretary) for organizing such a friendly and lively event.

The invited speaker was Professor David Bartholomew who spoke on A Modern Version of Thomson's Model for Intelligence based on his recent work with Ian Deary and Martin Lawn. In Professor Barthomew emphasized that the Thomson's bonds model isn't just a historical curiosity, but when implemented has statistical properties that make it a plausible competitor to Spearman's two-factor model.

David Clark Carter and Professor Thom Baguley debated the future of the BPS statistics curriculum for undergraduate psychology and the implications of recent accreditation changes.

Individual papers were presented by Gareth Hagger-Johnson, Danny Kaye and Elisa Carrus.