SARMAC Student News for Fall 2016

A History

We were invited to write ‘A History of the Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition,’ arguably our biggest achievement to date. This feature article of the June edition of JARMAC was an amazing opportunity provided to us by Dr. Maryanne Garry. Our sincere thanks go to Maryanne and Dr. Paula Hertel for their unwavering support and comments on the article, and to all of the SARMAC members who we interviewed to reconstruct the historical record. In the words of Dr. Hertel:

“This was an excellent way to inculcate solid identification with the organization among its young members. And it produced an interesting collaborative history, based mainly on empirically verifiable data as well as some reconstructed memories (of course!).”

To read the full article, click here.

Student Travel Grants

One of our primary aims has been to set up a student travel grant system to help students attend SARMAC’s biennial meetings. This year we were able to award 15 grants out of a competitive 40 applications. We congratulate the following recipients:

  • Alysha Baker (University of British Columbia)
  • Regard Booy (Simon Fraser University)
  • Kaila Bruer (University of Regina)
  • Melissa Colloff (University of Warwick)
  • Gary Dalton (Royal Holloway, University of London)
  • Alexander Jay (The Graduate Center, City University of New York)
  • Kristyn Jones (John Jay College of Criminal Justice)
  • Feni Kontogianni (University of Portsmouth)
  • Shanique Meyler (John Jay College of Criminal Justice)
  • Shiri Portnoy (University of Portsmouth)
  • Adele Quigley (Iowa State University)
  • Amanda Shanks (University of Melbourne) 
  • Divya Sukumar (University of Warwick)
  • Andrea Taylor (Victoria University of Wellington)
  • Mircea Zloteanu (University College London)

Student Events

We have organised a number of exciting student events for the upcoming conference.

Meet and Greet – 2.00-3.00pm, Tuesday January 3
During this hour you will have the opportunity to meet other students attending the conference. We will be providing you your first drink, and from here will walk together to the BBQ Reception.

Lunch with the Experts – Lunchtime, Wednesday January 4
Want to have lunch with Elizabeth Loftus? In order to promote networking and socialization, at this event you will be able to eat and chat with some of the world’s leading psychologists. If this sounds appealing but you haven’t registered for the lunch, don’t fear… you are still able to register on the conference registration page. The cost has been subsidized by SARMAC, so is a low $10AUD ($7USD). If you haven't already answered our survey gathering your seating preferences,  please follow this link (

Prof. Elizabeth Loftus
Prof. Neil Brewer
Prof. Maryanne Garry
Prof. Richard Bryant
Prof. Qi Wang
Prof. Paula Hertel
Prof. Donna Rose Addis
Prof. Maria Zaragoza
Prof. Stephan Lewandowsky   

Nerd Nite – Evening, Wednesday January 4
Not just for students, this event has been organised by the Sydney conference team. Held at a local pub, this night will include some informal humorous presentations and is sure to be a laugh. Student attendance is encouraged. 


Our time as the inaugural executive board is sadly drawing to a close, which means elections for the next executive board.

If you are looking for a wonderful opportunity to get involved in SARMAC at the organisational level, then please think about nominating for the following positions. Nominations will run from January 1-14, after which we will run an online election. We encourage you all to attend our Student Caucus Meeting on Thursday, January 5 to find out more information about what being an executive board member entails. NB: to be eligible for nomination, you must be a student until SARMAC XIII (mid 2019).

    Social Chair
    Board members (2) 

A Message From The President

It's difficult to believe that another SARMAC conference is right around the corner!

In the year and a half since the Student Caucus was founded at SARMAC XI, the Caucus officers and I have been working hard to lay the foundation for an effective student-focused organization. Come January, I believe all of the hard work will pay off when the SARMAC membership officially establishes the Caucus, and the events we have planned for the conference itself come to fruition. It has been an honor creating this organization, and I look forward to seeing how it continues to grow and develop in the future. That being said, I encourage anyone who has a passion for service, SARMAC, and students to consider running for a Caucus officer position. I look forward to passing the baton on to the next leadership. See you all in Sydney!

William Crozier

Meet Your Executive Board

If you have any thoughts, suggestions, or questions, contact us through Facebook (, Twitter (@StudentSARMAC), or email (