Configural Processing Consortium (CPC)

2017 Annual Meeting

Date and Venue

Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Vancouver Convention Center West

The 22th Annual Configural Processing Consortium (CPC) workshop will be held on Wednesday November 8th, 2017 in Vancouver, British Columbia, in the same venue as The Psychonomic Society meeting. The CPC meeting will end by 4 PM to accommodate those who want to attend OPAM, which will begin ts 25th anniversary celebration in the late afternoon on Wednesday.


  • Abstracts: October 1
  • Attendance: TBA

Abstract Guidelines

  • Your presentation should not exceed 10-15 minutes. This does not include time for questions, as ample time is dedicated for this purpose at the end of each session.
  • We are attempting to establish a common ground for studying configurality, so talks should raise or address theoretical issues in configural processing. Extensive presentations of empirical results are discouraged, although presentation of data in a supportive or illustrative role is fine.
  • Abstracts should be 150-200 words. Please indicate, when sending the abstract, the number of the question you chose to address. We will collect the abstracts and assign them to one of 2 sessions by topic.
  • Each session will start with 3-4 short presentations. Then, time will be dedicated to an open, informal discussion, facilitated by the designated discussants, by the content of the presentations, and by the question/problems posed by each of the speakers.

There will be time allotted after each talk for open discussion, facilitated by pre-designated discussants. We will try to maintain an informal atmosphere, apart from time keeping.

If you choose to be a discussant:

Your task is to facilitate the discussion at the end of your session, and the general discussion that concludes our meeting.

  • Please read carefully the guidelines for the talks.
  • After we have all the abstracts, we will assign them to sessions and post them on-line (or via e mail). You can than read them in advance.

Themes for the Presentations

To help focus our discussions, we have formulated a number of general themes. In your presentation, try to address one of these questions:

  1. Defining configural processing: What are the characteristics of configural processing (formal, behavioral, physiological, or otherwise) and their connection to related notions (relational processing, abstraction, etc.)?
  2. What kinds of models are required by configural processing phenomena? What do such models share across different domains?
  3. Can we rigorously define “emergent phenomena”? What does it mean that ‘the whole is different than the sum of its parts’?
    As you can see, the questions are broadly defined to allow diverse ideas and views. If you find it difficult to directly address one of these questions, try to address the most general question:
  4. What are the fundamental questions in the study of configural processes? What is the most important problem underlying configural processing?

A Note on Graduate Students

To promote the development of ideas in configural research, graduate students of Configural Processing Consortium (CPC) faculty attendees are welcome to attend CPC and join in the discussions. As a rule, however, first priority for presentations will be given to faculty members and researchers of the CPC group. Graduate students may be allowed to give a presentation if time permits and with their faculty advisor present at the meeting. Additional opportunities for graduate student involvement may present themselves, and CPC members will be notified accordingly.