Dr. Alfred Mele of the Florida State
University Department of Philosophy is directing The Philosophy and Science
of Self-Control project, a new grant project funded by the John Templeton
Foundation. Philosophers and scientists are invited to compete for
sub-grants and prizes to support research along two dimensions: the
philosophy of self-control and the integrated science and philosophy of
self-control. The first phase in the process of selecting the winners of
these awards is to review letters of intent from applicants. Letters of
intent for projects focusing on integrated science and the philosophy of
self-control are due by August 1st, 2014, and letters of intent for the
philosophy of self-control research projects are due by September 1st, 2014.
For more information about The Philosophy and Science of Self-Control
project and for instructions to submit letters of intent, please visit
APA's Division 6
Calls for New Members
Division 6 of the American Psychological Association
consists of more than 400 members who share the common goal of advancing
neuroscience and comparative psychology. Division 6 supports research
funding by educating Congress about the increased quality of life and the
cost savings that flow from physiological and comparative psychology.
Please click this
link to open a .zip file with a flyer with more details about Division 6 as well as an
application form for new members. Please note: You do not
have to be a member of the APA to be a member of Division 6.
Membership is free for graduate students, and right now membership is free
for faculty and postdocs for the first year, with low yearly dues in
Report of the One
Hundred and Third Annual Meeting
The One Hundred and Fifth Annual SSPP meeting was held
February 28–March 1, at the Sheraton Austin at the Capitol hotel in Austin,
TX. Dr. Daniel Weiskopf (Georgia State University) managed local
Dr. Rik Hine (Texas Christian University) chaired the
philosophy program committee. The philosophy program consisted of 76 papers,
24 with commentaries, in 25 sessions with 10 invited sessions (including 4
invited speakers). 69 colleges, universities, and other institutions were
Dr. Justin Couchman (Fredonia State University) chaired the
psychology program committee. The psychology program consisted of 53 papers
in 14 sessions with 7 invited sessions and 1 Key L. Barkley Symposium on the
History of Psychology. Forty colleges, universities, and other institutions
The President’s Invited Speaker was Dr. Susan Schneider
(University of Connecticut, Storrs). Her talk was “Rethinking Physicalism.”
The Society’s annual business meeting was a plenary session.
Each year, the SSPP bestows the Richard M. Griffith Memorial Award to
members or applicants for membership who are doctoral candidates or have
received the doctoral degree within the last five years. The Griffith Award
Committee selects the philosopher and the psychologist who give the papers
of highest merit. Dr. Tom Polger (University of Cincinnati) chaired the
Griffith Committee for Philosophy, which recognized Paul Carron (Baylor
University) for his paper “Little Brains, Little Moral: A Neo-Aristotelian
Response to de Waal’s Primates and Philosophers.” Dr. J. David Smith
(University at Buffalo, SUNY) chaired the Griffith Committee for Psychology,
which recognized Bonnie Perdue (Georgia State University) for her paper, “Do
Monkeys Choose to Choose?” The award carries a $300 cash prize and
Graduate Student Travel Awards were given to Mikio Akagi,
Danielle Wylie, T. J. Kasperbauer, and Devon Bryson. Council recommended
approval of 8 applicants for full membership and 17 applicants for associate
membership in Philosophy. These applications were approved unanimously.
Council recommended approval of 4 applicants for full membership and 4
applicants for associate membership in Psychology. These applications were
Recent Books Published by SSPP Members
Schwartz, B. L. (2014). Memory: Foundations and
Applications, 2nd Edition. Sage Publishers: Thousand Islands, Ca.
D. M. (2013). With Apes in Mind. KB Press.
Click here for
M. J., Brandl, J., Perner, J., & Proust, J. (Eds.) (2012).
Foundations of Metacognition. Oxford University Press.
Fred Adams and
Ken Aizawa published The Bounds of Cognition
The Primacy of the
Subjective: Foundations for a Unified Theory of Mind and Language
(MIT Press, 2006)
David A. Washburn
edited Primate Perspectives on Behavior and Cognition (APA Books;
Rumbaugh and David Washburn published Intelligence of Apes and Other
Rational Beings (Yale University Press; 2003).