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Posted 2014-11

ISSID Honors Professor Ian Deary

Ian Deary

The International Society for the Study of Individual Differences (ISSID) has made a Distinguished Contribution Award to Professor Ian Deary of Edinburgh University. The Award recognizes lifetime accomplishment in the field of personality and individual differences, and is the highest honor bestowed by ISSID. The only two previous recipients are Professor Hans Eysenck and Professor Arthur Jensen. Professor Deary is honored for multiple contributions to differential psychology. These include pioneering the new field of cognitive epidemiology, and conducting numerous studies addressing the nature of cognitive ability and its consequences for brain functioning, health, educational and socioeconomic outcomes. He is also a past President of ISSID.

Ian Deary is Professor of Differential Psychology at the University of Edinburgh, and Director of the Medical Research Council-administered Centre for Cognitive Ageing and Cognitive Epidemiology. He graduated in Psychology and Medicine at the University of Edinburgh, and studied there for his PhD. He practised psychiatry in London and Edinburgh before moving to academic psychology. His principal research interest is human mental abilities, especially: the origins of cognitive differences; the effects of ageing and medical conditions on mental skills; and the influence of intelligence on health and wellbeing through the lifecourse. He directs the Lothian Birth Cohorts of 1921 and 1936, and the 6-Day Sample follow-up study of the Scottish Mental Survey 1947. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the British Academy, the Academy of Medical Sciences, the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, and the Royal College of Psychiatrists. He was President of the International Society for the Study of Individual Differences from 1999-2001. He held a Royal Society-Wolfson Research Merit Award (2003-2007) for his work on human cognitive ageing. His awards include: Distinguished European Personality Psychologist Award from the European Association for Personality Psychology in 2010; Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Society for Intelligence Research, to be awarded in December 2014; James McKeen Cattell Fellowship for Lifetime Achievement in Applied Psychology from the Association for Psychological Research, to be awarded in May 2015; and Distinguished Contribution Award from the International Society for the Study of Individual Differences, to be awarded in July 2015.

Posted 2014-10

Call for Papers from Young Researchers for the Dr. Sybil Eysenck Award

Personality and Individual Differences (PAID), is pleased to announce "The Dr. Sybil Eysenck Award" to support outstanding young researchers. This is an annual award, established in 2014. The corresponding author of the selected article will receive the prize of $5,000 USD.

The award is also supported by ISSID, the International Society for the Study of Individual Differences. The ISSID are pleased to offer free two year membership to ISSID to the lead author of each accepted paper.

Early career researchers (PhD + maximal 5 years) are invited to submit their best work for publication in an annual special issue of PAID. Original articles fitting the scope of PAID will be considered for publication and will undergo the same peer review as regular articles submitted to the journal.

From all articles accepted for publication in this issue, a designated Award Committee will select the best article. The corresponding author of the selected article will receive the prize of $5,000 USD.

Submission will be accepted between January 1, 2015 until June 30, 2015.
Submit your article to

NB: Please chose the article type "Young Researcher Award" upon submission to ensure that your paper will correctly be assigned to this special issue.

Posted 2014-10

The Tang Foundation Awards the Inaugural Prize for Achievement in Psychology to Dr. Martin Seligman

It is with great pleasure that the TANG Foundation and the Department of Psychology at the University of Toronto announce that Dr. Martin Seligman has been chosen as the recipient of the inaugural TANG Prize for Achievements in Psychology. This prize honours an internationally recognized scholar in Psychology whose record of achievement has left an indelible mark on the field, particularly in its application to the psychological wellbeing of humanity. Amidst excellent nominations, Dr. Seligman stood out for his pioneering role in forming a new field in the discipline, Positive Psychology. The TANG Foundation and the Department of Psychology at the University of Toronto extend their warmest congratulations to Dr. Seligman and would like to thank all nominees and nominators for their contributions.

Posted 2014-09/a>

Postdoc in Cognitive Intervention at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh

Applications are invited for a PDRA position commencing from October 2014. The Dunhill Medical Trust funded “Tablet for Healthy Ageing” project seeks to design, develop and then test interventions to be used with older adults using tablet PCs and related technology. The post will be for 18 months.

The successful applicant will be an enthusiastic and flexible postdoctoral researcher and will join the Project Director, Dr Alan Gow, in initiating this new research programme. Applicants are required to hold a PhD in psychology or a relevant field, and knowledge of cognitive ageing or interventions would be an advantage. Experience of managing research, developing test protocols, and recruiting and testing participants, is required.

Full details on the post, including how to apply, can be found at:

Posted 2014-08

Call for Nominations “ISSID Early Career Development Award” Deadline: March 1, 2015

The Committee for ISSID’s Early Career Development Award seeks nominations for the award. The award is intended for scientists who have completed their doctoral degrees within the past seven years and who are committed to the academic objectives of ISSID. Candidates must be nominated and endorsed (via a covering letter with their application) by a member of ISSID. Self-nominations will be accepted from ISSID members.
Each application should include the letter of nomination, and an electronic version of the nominated scholar’s current curriculum vitae.

Complete materials should be submitted electronically to the Chair of the Committee:

Posted 2014-07

We wish to announce that the next ‘International Society for Intelligence Research’ (ISIR) Conference will take place on 12-14 December 2014 in Graz, Austria.

Submission Deadline: September 1, 2014; please find further information at:

‘Conference Highlights’ are available here:

Posted 2014-07


The Department of Psychology at the University of Toronto is pleased to announce the call for nominations for the 2014 inaugural TANG Prize for Achievements in Psychology. As a Department at a public university, we believe in furthering the science of Psychology in service of enhancing human wellbeing. Applications are encouraged from internationally-recognized scholars in Psychology or a closely-related field who have shown creativity, and rigor in their approach and whose record of achievement has left an indelible mark on the field. This award has been made possible through generous support from the TANG Foundation. The TANG Foundation is a charitable institution with the mandate to raise awareness of the importance of psychological wellbeing in the world.

The recipient of the TANG Prize for Achievements in Psychology will be awarded a cash prize of $100,000 CAD at a ceremony held on the University of Toronto campus on November 12, 2014. During the campus visit, the recipient will be asked to meet with University of Toronto students and to hold a public lecture.

Applicants should outline in no more than two pages the ways in which they have a major impact on the progress of psychology, anywhere in the world, particularly in its application to the psychological wellbeing of humanity. This application letter should highlight how the applicant has contributed to the science, practice, or application of Psychology as it pertains to the understanding, promotion, restoration, or application of psychological methods, research, and techniques in addressing challenges related to wellbeing at the individual or community level. In addition to this application letter, applications should also include a current CV. Nomination packages (application letter and CV) should be submitted electronically in one email by August 15, 2014 to Applicants should also ask three referees, who must be internationally acknowledged experts in the field, to send reference letters directly to the Department via email to by August 30, 2014. Up to three additional supporting letters of endorsement from individuals who have been directly impacted by the applicant’s scholarly work and/or who have knowledge of the direct impact of the applicant’s scholarly work can be sent to the same email address by August 30, 2014.

For more information on this award, about the Department of Psychology at the University of Toronto, and the TANG Foundation, please visit

Posted 2014-06

2015 ISSID Conference London, Ontario in Canada

The 2015 ISSID conference will be held in London, Ontario in Canada from Monday July 27 (registration and evening welcoming reception) through Friday July 31. The original plan to hold this conference in Toronto had to be changed due to the prohibitive cost that the Society and members would have incurred. London, Ontario is a beautiful city about a 2-hour drive from Toronto which can also be reached by plane or shuttle bus. The city offers many amenities and excellent restaurants and is close to such attractions as the Stratford Theater Festival, Niagara Falls, and Toronto which many delegates will be flying into.

The conference itself will be held in meeting rooms on the campus of the University of Western Ontario, easily reached by car or bus from nearby hotels. Delegates will be provided with free bus passes. The University will also provide very inexpensive private bedrooms in one of its recently constructed residence halls which is within easy walking distance of the campus. More details will follow when we create the ISSID 2015 website. Tony Vernon is serving as the conference organizer.

Posted 2014-05

Personality Psychology Position at the University of Canterbury

Position Overview

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Personality Psychology
College of Science
Continuing position, full-time

The Department of Psychology are inviting applications for a continuing position of Lecturer (equivalent to USA Assistant Professor) or Senior Lecturer (equivalent to USA Associate Professor) in Personality Psychology.

In this role, you will undertake high quality research, teaching and supervision of postgraduate students therefore you will be able to demonstrate a commitment to excellence in teaching and have a record of high research productivity in any area of Personality, including those that intersect with personality (e.g. social psychology, organizational psychology, evolutionary psychology).  Candidates at the more senior level will be required to demonstrate appropriate research and academic leadership abilities and the ability to obtain external research funding.

To be successful in this role you will also have:

  • A Ph.D. in Psychology
  • Demonstrated, or shown clear potential, in scholarly and research achievements
  • University level teaching experience in the area of Personality Psychology is desirable
  • A record of high research productivity and research income generation or clear potential
  • Display a capacity for research leadership is desirable
  • Demonstrated an understanding of administration requirements.

Further details on the Department of Psychology can be found at

Posted 2013-07

Call for 15th Annual Award Applications to The H.J. Eysenck Memorial Fund

Registered Charity No. 1070604

The H.J. Eysenck Memorial Fund has been set up for the support of research into Personality and Individual Differences in Psychology. The fifteenth annual award of £2000 will be made in 2014. The award is open to any researcher, in any part of the World, who is working in this area. Applications should include:

  1. A summary of the proposed or on-going research, its significance and results to date if appropriate.
  2. A description of the purpose for which the award is required.
  3. A financial breakdown of how the award is to be spent.
  4. An up-to-date CV with photograph.
  5. The names and addresses of two referees familiar with the research.
  6. An indication of how the applicant came to hear of the award.

Please submit your application preferably as an attachment by
email to:
OR submit four copies of the application, in English, by regular mail
only to:
The Trustees,
The H.J. Eysenck Memorial Fund, PO Box 27824,
London SE24 0WE
Applications must be received by the 31st January 2014 and the
successful candidate will be notified by the 1st May 2014.


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