Configural Processing Consortium (CPC)

Annual Meeting 2018


Date and Venue

Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Room Imperial 5A, 4th Floor
Hyatt Regency New Orleans

The Annual Configural Processing Consortium (CPC) workshop will be held on Wednesday November 14th, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana, in the same venue as The Psychonomic Society meeting.

Registration LINK


Funding and Support

Psychonomic SocietyDepartment of Psychology, Tulane University

Program (pdf)

08:30 — 08:55 Arrival  
08:55 — 09:00 Opening Remarks  
09:00 — 09:55 Keynote I Moore
09:55 — 10:00 Brief Break  
10:00 — 11:00 Session I Bennett, Tadin, Peterson
11:00 — 11:10 Break  
11:00 — 12:00 Session II Soto, Townsend, Fifić
12:10 — 2:00 Lunch Break  
02:00 — 02:55 Keynote II Markant
02:55 — 03:00 Brief Break  
03:00 — 03:40 Session III Kimchi, Curby
03:40 — 04:00 General Discussion  
04:00 — 04:45 Business Meeting  
06:30 Dinner at Carmo 527 Julia Street


  • 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.
  • 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.