OPAM 30 Professional Development Awards

Thank you to everyone who applied for the OPAM 30 Professional Development Awards! 2022’s winners are:

  • Prachi Mahableshwarkar (George Washington University)
  • Nickolas Paternoster (University of Central Arkansas)
  • Michaela Ritchie (University of New Brunswick Saint John)
  • Tomer Sahar (The Open University of Israel, University of Haifa)
  • Harun Yörük (University of Houston)

OPAM 30 Best Talk and Poster Awards

We are able to recognize the best research presented at OPAM, thanks to the generous sponsorship of Visual Cognition. All OPAM 30 presentations were judged by a panel of Associate and Consulting Editors from the Visual Cognition Editorial Board and our onsite judge team. We want to specially thank the onsite judge team this year, including Dr. Sarah Shomstein, Dr. Brad Wyble, Dr. Deb Cronin, Dr. Jeff Moher, and Dr. Nancy Carlisle. The Best Talk winner received $300 and the Best Poster received $200.

Congratulations to the winners of OPAM 30’s Best Talk and Best Poster! In 2022, the winners were:

  • Best Talk: Brett Schmidt (Bates College), “Early visual activity in EEG reflects semantic scene category similarity.”
  • Best Poster: Anna C. McCarter (University of Massachusetts at Amherst), “No evidence for a visual recall testing effect for novel, meaningless objects.”

Announcing Dr. Julie Golomb as the 2022 OPAM Keynote Speaker!

We are excited to announce Dr. Julie Golomb as the OPAM 2022 Keynote Speaker!

Dr. Golomb is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at the Ohio State University. She is head of the Cognitive Neuroscience PhD program, and she directs the OSU Vision and Cognitive Neuroscience Lab, where she and her team combine psychophysical, neuroimaging, and computational methods to investigate how visual features, objects, and spatial locations are perceived and coded in the brain, and how these representations are influenced by eye movements, shifts of attention, and other dynamic cognitive processes. Her lab is funded by grants from the National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation. She is also passionate about mentoring, DEI, and outreach activities and has been actively involved in supporting the development of early career researchers at OSU and in various academic societies.

Dr. Golomb completed her B.S. at Brandeis University and her Ph.D. at Yale University, after which she did a postdoc at MIT before joining the faculty at OSU. She has been previously recognized with an APA Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contribution to Psychology, a Sloan Research Fellow in Neuroscience, a FABBS Early Career Impact Award, and other awards for her scientific accomplishments. To learn more about Dr. Golomb’s work, please visit her lab page.

Welcome Cristina Ceja and Chenxiao Guan!


We would like to officially welcome two new OPAM organizers: Cristina Ceja and Chenxiao Guan. They will be joining Doug Addleman and Xiaoli Zhang to lead OPAM 30 this upcoming November!

Partnership with Visual Cognition

Visual Cognition has been a longtime supporter and sponsor of OPAM. At OPAM 29, submissions that were chosen for talk presentations will have the opportunity to submit their ultimate manuscripts through a fast-tracked and full peer-review process for publication at Visual CognitionOPAM talks-turned-manuscripts will be expedited and guaranteed a 40-day turnaround from submission to initial decision (including full reviews). Furthermore, the editorial board at Visual Cognition are eager to mentor young trainees and will provide extra constructive feedback through the peer-review process. Publications that come out of this process will be highlighted as special OPAM papers. This OPAM–Visual Cognition publication opportunity is completely optional, and presenters are by no means obliged to submit to Visual Cognition; furthermore, ultimate acceptance of the submitted manuscript is not guaranteed. However, we sincerely hope that high-quality presentations that are submitted to OPAM and chosen for talks will take advantage of this unique opportunity!


Thank you to our past and current sponsors for making OPAM possible! Consider being a sponsor for 2022. Sponsoring OPAM emphasizes your commitment to supporting the scientific endeavors of early-career researchers (see infographic!), and fostering networking opportunities for individuals who will be on the market for graduate studies, postdoctoral positions, faculty appointments, and industry positions. Sponsorship rates begin for as little as $225, which includes advertising space in the OPAM program, website and e-mails, and spotlight exposure during the conference. Typical sponsors include academic departments, hardware and software companies, and other research-related institutions. If your organization is interested in supporting OPAM, please contact us at opam.info@gmail.com as soon as possible!

2022 Sponsors
We are grateful to our 2022 sponsors for their support in enabling us to organize and run OPAM 30! Consider being a sponsor!