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Dear Auditory Perception and Cognition Society (APCS) members and friends,

Welcome to the Auditory Perception and Cognition Society newsletter. All members of the APCS community are invited to submit items. A request for newsletter items will be sent by email a week prior to each semi-annual newsletter. Our 22nd Annual Auditory Perception Cognition and Action Meeting in San Francisco on November 16, 2023 was a success, with a wide range of fascinating, high-quality auditory talks.

Below is our society newsletter, summarizing the meeting and providing society news in three sections:

1. A summary of the Auditory Perception and Cognition Meeting from the APCAM Organizing Committee.
2. A report from the APCS Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee. Please fill out the DEI survey, to help us get 100% participation.
3. Editor’s Report for Auditory Perception & Cognition (AP&C).

1. A summary of the Auditory Perception and Cognition Meeting from the APCAM Organizing Committee.

a. We had 15 talks in sessions on auditory scene analysis, language, music, and speech.

b. We had 17 posters on a range of topics in auditory scene analysis, cross-modal perception, healthy and disordered hearing, music, and speech.

c. Indre Viskontas from the University of San Francisco gave a keynote address on the impact of music on health and wellbeing.

d. In addition to our long-standing support from the Psychonomic Society, we welcomed new sponsorships for our initiatives on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion from FindingFive and from the Department of Psychology at Carnegie Mellon University.

e. We had our first formally scheduled Mentorship Meeting in which potential senior research mentors and prospective student mentees could get acquainted.

f. We had a meeting of the Auditory Perception and Cognition Society membership in which discussed our society’s journal, Auditory Perception & Cognition, gave out membership and travel awards, and discussed how APCAM attendees can get more involved in the society.

2. A report from the APCS Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee.

The current members of the APCS Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) committee are: Laura Getz (Chair), Emma Greenspon, Laurie Heller, C.J. Joyner (grad student rep), and Jenny Roche.

The APCS DEI Committee gave two types of awards:

a. A $500 travel award for undergraduate or graduate students from underrepresented populations, broadly defined. The 2023 graduate travel award was awarded to:

Sarah J. Woods (University of Utah)

b. A membership award offering free registration for APCAM participants, regardless of rank. Every APCS member who joins at the higher level ($60) makes one more membership award possible.

The 2023 free APCS memberships were awarded to these members:

Merve Akça (University of Oslo)

Dana Bsharat-Maalouf (University of Haifa)

Ummi Coats (Union College)

Nathan F. Gillespie (University of Albany)

Sharica Lee (University of Nevada Las Vegas)

Maggie K. McCracken (University of Utah

Thank you to those who completed our membership survey at APCAM; if you have not completed it, here's your chance: Membership Survey Link

Membership Survey Link

The purpose of the survey is to assess the needs of our members and address concerns related to diversity and equity within our community. This survey aims to gather information about the identities, backgrounds, and experiences of APCS members. The survey is anonymous, and data will be analyzed in aggregate to protect the confidentiality of responders. These results will be shared with the DEI committee and APCS board to help assess the needs of the APCS community and establish actionable goals to support underrepresented scholars in auditory science. The survey takes 5-10 minutes to complete. Answers to all questions are optional. We greatly appreciate your feedback!

3. Editor’s Report for Auditory Perception & Cognition (AP&C).

Important updates from the editors of our affiliated journal, Auditory Perception & Cognition (AP&C):.

a. A leveling-off of readership occurred this past quarter, but likely only due to an unexpected hold-up in the final stages of production for several accepted papers. Thus, there is a solid readership with further expected growth. Access is frequent for several papers, particularly open-access articles (with the maximum exceeding 3,750 views).Average review time has been 2-3 months, faster for brief reports and resubmissions.

b. Indexing in PsycInfo has been in place for a year. Scopus will consider the journal in approximately 1.5 years. (A positive review is expected with continued readership and citation.) Please contact AP&C editors if there are other indexes that you would like/need to see.

c. There are several ways that APCS members can support AP&C. Please consider:

i) submitting a manuscript to AP&C within the next 6 months (This includes the possibility of brief report (with “brief” being broadly defined) based upon work presented at APCAM. Membership currently is hardly contributing to the journal beyond those in leadership roles within APCS, which places the journal at greater risk until its readership grows further.)

ii) requesting a subscription to AP&C by your home institution (This only requires a very brief inquiry to your school’s library liaison, and subscription counts ensure the longevity/viability of the publication to the publisher.)

iii) letting other researchers, including those in music perception/cognition areas, know that they have an additional outlet at AP&C (You may have seen that Psychomusicology is no longer accepting submissions after 32 volumes.)

iv) expressing interest in reviewing submissions for the journal (including brief report submissions), or even potentially joining the editorial team as an associate editor. If you are specifically interested in helping review brief report submissions from APCAM, then please complete the very brief survey located here.

d. Authors of a brief report manuscript based upon their APCAM presentation should submit that work to AP&C by January 15. If additional time is needed to complete your draft, then please contact the editors.

e. The journal is still seeking contributions to two different special topics, one concerned with Auditory Learning and Training (edited by Karen Banai; email: kbanai@research.haifa.ac.il), and another with Aging and Speech Perception (edited by Mitchell Sommers; email: msommers@wustl.edu). See https://doi.org/10.1080/25742442.2023.2199507 and https://doi.org/10.1080/25742442.2023.2172286, respectively, for further details.

Feel free to follow up regarding any of the above items, or direct other questions/suggestions regarding AP&C, to co-editors Michael Hall (email: hallmd@jmu.edu) and Mike Russell (email: mirussell@bellevue.edu).

Leah Fostick
Chair, APCS