45th Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Experimental Psychology

Wednesday 4 April – Saturday 7 April
Hobart Function and Conference Centre
Elizabeth Street Pier
Hobart, Tasmania


2018 Experimental Psychology Conference

EPC is the annual meeting of the Australasian Society for Experimental Psychology.

This meeting provides a forum for presenting new research across the broad spectrum of experimental psychology.

EPC has been held annually since the first meeting at Monash University in 1974.

Professor Andrew Heathcote
Conference Convenor

Australasian Society for Experimental Psychology

The Australasian Society for Experimental Psychology was created  to conduct an annual meeting for the presentation of research in experimental psychology (broadly defined). Because its only role was to conduct the meeting it was initially known as the Experimental Psychology Conference or EPC and still regularly uses that title. The Society has had a band of loyal participants.

Since its inception the meeting has adopted an extended talk / question time format (currently 15 minutes / 5 minutes) which marries well with the role of the meeting in providing more tutorial style talks than many international conferences.

There has always been a focus on graduate students providing their first talks. The extra question time allows for constructive, rather than telegraphic, feedback.

Australasian Society for Experimental Psychology

Download a PDF of the full 2018 EPC program here:

2018 EPC Program

Download all the abstracts from 2018 EPC here:

2018 EPC Abstract Book


The main conference will be held at the Hobart Function and Conference Centre on Hobart’s waterfront.

Hobart Function and Conference Centre
1 Elizabeth Street
Hobart TAS 7000

The workshops on Wednesday will be held at the University of Tasmania’s Sandy Bay Campus.


Some accommodation options are listed at the bottom of this page and can be booked when registering. There are many other hotels within comfortable walking distance of the conference venue and Hobart also has an active AirBnB community and a variety of hostels.

Full Conference Registrations

Early Full Registration
$ 495
Before 21 March
Post Doc
Early Full Registration
$ 395
Before 21 March
Early Full Registration
$ 295
Before 21 March

Day registrations are available for Thursday, Friday or Saturday. Academic $250.00. Post-Doc $195.00. Full-time Student $150.00.

Conference dinner tickets, $120, can be purchased when registering.


A PDF of the full program is now available here:


Download all abstracts from 2018 EPC here:

Program Overview

Wednesday 4 April

Pre-conference Workshops
University of Tasmania
Refer to the workshop schedule below for details.

5:30pm – 6:00pm
Hobart Conference & Function Centre

6.00pm – 7.00pm
Welcome Reception
Hobart Conference & Function Centre

Friday 6 April

8:50am – 3:40pm
Conference Sessions
Hobart Conference & Function Centre

12:30pm – 1:40pm
Poster Display Session 2
Hobart Conference & Function Centre

4:00pm – 5:00pm
Professor Stephan Lewandowsky Keynote
Hobart Conference & Function Centre

Free Evening

Thursday 5 April

8:30am – 8:45am
Welcome by Ben Canny
Hobart Conference & Function Centre

8:50am – 5:00pm
Conference Sessions
Hobart Conference & Function Centre

12:30pm – 1:40pm
Poster Display Session 1
Hobart Conference & Function Centre

6.30pm – 11.00pm
Conference Dinner
Grand Ballroom, Hobart Conference & Function Centre

Conference dinner tickets, $120, can be purchased when registering.

Saturday 7 April

8:50am – 12:30pm
Conference Sessions
Hobart Conference & Function Centre

12:30pm – 1:30pm
Business Meeting

Plenary Speaker - Stephan Lewandowsky

Please join EPC Plenary Speaker, Professor Stephan Lewandowsky for a pre-conference presentation on Wednesday 4th April, 4-5pm at CSIRO, 3-4 Castray Esplanade, Battery Point.
Don’t miss the opportunity to attend this free lecture from a world renowned expert in the psychology of climate change prior to his appearance at EPC 2018.

Workshop Schedule

Morning Session 1: 9.00am - 12.00pm

Title: Experience Sampling: A How To

Host: Professor Simon Dennis (Director, Complex Human Data Hub, Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences).

Registration: Register for this workshop by emailing: simon.dennis@gmail.com

Location: Harvard Lecture Theatre 2, Centenary Building, Sandy Bay Campus

Summary: In this workshop, I will describe the unforgettable.me experience sampling system. In addition to the unforgettable.me app which can capture accelerometry, GPS, audio and images continuously, the system can stream data from over 400 other sources, such as wearables, social media, financial services, appliances and cars.  I will discuss machine learning and dynamic systems methods for analysing the data. I will demonstrate the personal memory system that we are constructing and show how we are using the data to build models of human memory. This year the workshop will be hands on, so I ask that you bring along your Android or iOS phone or tablet plus your laptop. 

Afternoon Session 1: 1:00pm – 5:00pm

Title: Emerging research in cognition, emotion, and motivation

Program: PDF Program

Host: Professor Eva Kemps (School of Psychology, Flinders University) & Dr Steven Most (ARC Future Fellow and Senior Lecturer, University of New South Wales)

Registration: Register for this workshop by emailing: eva.kemps@flinders.edu.au

Location: Harvard Lecture Theatre 2, Centenary Building, Sandy Bay Campus

Summary: The forum on “emerging research in cognition, emotion, and motivation” will hold its meeting immediately preceding the 2018 Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference. We invite all researchers at the interface of cognition, emotion, and motivation to participate. The forum program is designed to be interactive and will include plenty of audience participation. It provides a valuable opportunity to network and explore collaborations, to share and hear about developing lines of research, and it will be a great way to kick off the conference.
Organisers: Eva Kemps (eva.kemps@flinders.edu.au) and Steven Most (s.most@unsw.edu.au)

Afternoon Session 2: 1:00pm – 5:00pm

Title: Learning emerging best practices

Host: Professor Alex Holcombe (School of Psychology, The University of Sydney).

Registration: Register for this workshop by emailing alex.holcombe@sydney.edu.au

Location: Law 132 Seminar Room, Faculty of Law Building, Sandy Bay Campus

Summary: New methodological practices can help ensure that study results are reproducible and robust. Some of these practices are being adopted rapidly, in part because journals and research funders are incentivising them. Another reason is that some of the practices can make our research lives easier! This symposium will be a how-to session covering study preregistration (“Preregistration is cramping my style… is it worth it?”, presented by Kim Ransley), reproducible data analysis with R and RMarkdown (Charles Ludowici), and doing Bayesian statistics with JASP (Chris Donkin, http://www.psy.unsw.edu.au/contacts-people/academic-staff/dr-chris-donkin).  Attendees are encouraged to bring their laptops and will receive details of what software to install for any interactive bits of the symposium. Specifics will be posted at https://alexholcombe.github.io/EPC18sympos/index.html

The workshops on Wednesday will be held at the University of Tasmania’s Sandy Bay Campus.

WiFi Access at UTAS

WiFi access for the workshops will be via eduroam. If you are associated with an Australian university (or UK university), you may be able to access eduroam. Before leaving your home university, make sure you have eduroam working there.

If you don’t have access to eduroam, please email helen.derbyshire@utas.edu.au well in advance with your name, email and mobile number. Helen will organise to get you a login for the dedicated University of Tasmania WiFi login prior to the workshop.

2018 EPC Sponsors

Medilink Australia

Medilink is based in Sydney and has been operational for over 25 years.

Medilink distributes premium brand scientific instrumentation to clinical and research end users in Australia and New Zealand.

Medilink supplies and services a selection of products that support Neuroscientists through Neuro-diagnostics, Neuro-modulation, Neuro-stimulation, Neuro-imaging and Neuro-navigation.

Applications include rTMS, fNIRS, EEG, and ECT technology.

Symbiotic Devices

Symbiotic Devices Pty Ltd

Symbiotic Devices services Australia and New Zealand, providing both innovative, best-in-class technologies, and technical and scientific support, for EEG/ERP/EP, TMS, tDCS/HD-tDCS, fNIRS, EMG, NCS, IONM and BCI and integrated solutions for combined measurements with fMRI, fNIRS, TMS, MEG & tDCS. Symbiotic Devices’ business is anchored in its core values of providing a benefit to our clinical and research communities through technology and support, and contributing to a sustainable and successful research and clinical sector in Australian and New Zealand. Symbiotic Devices proudly represents Brain Products, EasyCap, Rogue Research and Rogue Resolutions, CED, Deymed, Cadwell, NeuroConn/NeuroCare, Rhythmlink, Pearl Technology, VPixx and Artinis.


For questions about the conference program please contact Professor Andrew Heathcote.


Registration & Accommodation

For registration and accommodation enquiries, please contact the team at Conference Design.


Photos: Hobart Conference and Function Centre, Mitch Osborne; Looking towards The Henry Jones Art Hotel, Tourism Tasmania & Kathryn Leahy;  Devil’s Corner Cellar Door, Tourism Tasmania and Rob Burnett; Darlington Vineyard, Pete Harmsen; Shene Estate & Distillery, Rob Burnett.

Registration is now open.


The online registration form allows you to book available rooms. You need to provide credit card details, which will be forwarded to the hotel to guarantee your booking.

ibis Styles Hobart

ibis Styles Hobart comprises 11 floors with 296 rooms, a fitness centre, swimming pool and an Asian street food inspired restaurant. Centrally located and just a short walk from Salamanca market.

Cancellations within 30 days of arrival, or no-shows will incur 100% cancellation fees.

Standard Room – $150 per night
Standard Twin – $150 per night

The Old Woolstore Apartment Hotel

Hobart’s multi award winning Old Woolstore Apartment Hotel, is centrally located and renowned for spacious rooms and friendly hospitality. Offering hotel room, studios and apartments, all rooms are air conditioned and apartments are fully self contained.

For any rooms cancelled within 30 days a cancellation fee will be charged which is equal to one night’s accommodation. No shows and early departures will be subject to full cancellation fee of the quoted rate per night that is cancelled or reduced.

Studio Apartment – $190 per night
1 Bedroom Apartment – $210 per night

Travelodge Hobart

Set in a modern redbrick building in Hobart’s city centre, this low-key hotel is a 6 minute walk from Parliament House, and just 9 minutes walk from Salamanca Arts Centre and Constitution Dock. Guest rooms are equipped with tea and coffee making facilities and free WI-FI.

Cancellations between 30-15 days of arrival will incur one night’s cancellation fee. Cancellations within 14 days of arrival or no shows will be charged 100% cancellation fee.

Guest Room – $170 per night


The online registration form allows you to book available rooms. You need to provide credit card details, which will be forwarded to the hotel to guarantee your booking.

Please email us your accommodation requirements if you have already registered for the Conference.

Extended Bookings

Please email us if you wish to extend your accommodation booking before or after the Conference. This is subject to availability and additional charges may apply.


Accommodation and incidental expenses need to be settled using a credit card when you check out.

You can arrange to pay your accommodation using a third-party credit card, by completing the Credit Card Authorisation form and emailing it to your confirmed hotel 30-days prior to the conference.

Please email us if you wish to be invoiced for your accommodation with your registration. Any pre-payments made to Conference Design will be forwarded to your hotel. Pre-payments need to be received 30 days prior to the conference.

Changes and Cancellations

Please note the cancellation policies listed for each hotel. Cancellations and no-shows will attract a fee of at least one night’s accommodation. However, each hotel’s policy varies and late cancellations and no-shows may be charged for all the nights booked.

Please email us any cancellations and date changes.

Early Check-in Requests

Early check-in and late check-out requests are subject to availability on the day and cannot be confirmed by Conference Design.

You can enter special requests for early check-in in the “Special Requests” field of your reservation. The hotel will do its best to accommodate your request on the day. Please enquire about the status of your request at the front desk upon check-in.