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The aim of NOWCAM is to support Pacific Northwest faculty and student researchers working in the general area of memory and cognition by creating an annual venue in which they can share their current research activities with an informed, sympathetic, and good-humoured audience. With the exception of keynote addresses, NOWCAM favours papers and posters presented by students (usually with faculty as co-authors). This gives students an opportunity to develop their chops, and faculty a chance to sit back and relax.

The Pacific Northwest is home to numerous wide-flung psychology departments with strengths in cognition and memory. NOWCAM provides a forum for faculty and students from these departments to get together and discuss their latest research. Interactions with other researchers can spark innovations and cross-fertilizations that move the research forward in new and exciting ways. In any case, it's good fun to get together with friends and colleagues who share similar interests, chew the cognitive rag a bit, and quaff a beer or two over a good meal.


NOWCAM 2022 was hosted by Ryan Fitzgerald and Deb Connolly of Simon Fraser University and sited at the very cool SFU Surey campus.  So cool to be back in person after 2 years of NOWCAM a la Zoom. See Gary Wells's 90-minute tour de force keynote address on eyewitness identification science plus photos from NOWCAM 2022 here.  

NOWCAM 2023 will be hosted by Danny Bernstein, Carla MacLean, et alia at Kwantlen Polytechnic University 20-22 April 2023.  The Keynote Speaker will be Mike Caulfield, renowned from his deeply thoughtful work on helping people get better at assessing the accuracy/reliability of claims encountered on social media. In addition to the keynote address, Prof. Caulfield will offer a workshop on the SIFT method for fact checking. The meeting will be at KPU's Richmond campus.   

To subscribe to the NOWCAM mailing list (which will bring you periodic updates regarding NOWCAM meetings), please visit/subscribe at https://lists.uvic.ca/mailman/listinfo/nowcam_list.  You can also unsubscribe at that site at any time. Messages are few and far between.

Steve Lindsay is Grand Poo-bah Mother Hen of NOWCAM, and the Exalted Order of the Group of 7 ±2 consists of Deb Connolly (SFU), Daniel Bernstein (Kwantlen), Ira Hyman (WWU), Ryan Fitzgerald (SFU), Daniela Palombo (UBC), and Heather Price (Thompson Rivers University). NOWCAM co-founders Don Read and Mike Masson and long-time stalwart Peter Graf are Exalted Emeriti.

Steve Lindsay and Ira Hyman's advice regarding asking and responding to questions about research presentations.

NOWCAM gratefully acknowledges financial support from Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Simon Fraser University, the University of British Columbia, the University of Victoria, the University of Washington, and Western Washington University, and from generous anonymous donations by a number of individuals attending past NOWCAM conferences.  We also thank the Canadian Society for Brain, Behavioural, and Cognitive Science for a donation toward the cost of our 2011 meeting.

The first annual KiwiCAM was held in Wellington, New Zealand, in April of 2012.  Inspired by NOWCAM, KiwiCAM is a student-oriented conference for cognitive types in New Zealand.   KiwiCAM's Grand Poobah Mother Hen is Maryanne Garry.  The first meeting was a great success and they have carried on ever since.  Check out http://www.kiwicam.org/