The Society of Experimental Psychologists

The Society of Experimentalists was founded by Edward Bradford Titchener in 1904.  Titchener’s design for his “Experimentalists” was that it be an ongoing workshop, with "members visiting labs, studying apparatus, and hearing and commenting on reports of ongoing research."

The Society has continued to meet annually in the years since, except for the war year 1918. Upon Titchener’s death in 1927 the club was reorganized into The Society of Experimental Psychologists.  The Society holds meetings every spring, scheduled by a member at the host university who serves as the chair of the Society for that year. The meetings are open to all members of the Society, and to students and faculty from the host university who are invited by the chair.

The meetings are plenary and involve papers from various members of the society. The society currently admits at least 6 new members annually from among the leading experimentalists in North America. It has a current membership of 220 individuals, about 5 - 10% of the practicing experimental psychologists.  The object of the society is “To advance psychology by arranging informal conferences on experimental psychology.”

The society confers two awards:

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The Warren Medal for the most significant advances in Experimental Psychology over the prior five years

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The Norman Anderson Lifetime Achievement Award given to senior individuals with outstanding records of contribution to experimental psychology.

Society of Experimental Psychologists 2013-2014

Chair: Russell Church and Donald Blough
Secretary/Treasurer: Robert Nosofsky