ISCP: 18th Meeting of the International Society for Comparative Psychology.


ALG: 4th International Meeting of the Australian Learning Group

Welcome to the website of the 1st Joint meeting of the Australian Learning Group and the International Society for Comparative Psychology, which will take place at the University of Sydney (14-16 July, 2016).

The Australian Learning Group and the International Society for Comparative Psychology have both developed reputations for holding successful, productive, fun, and intimate meetings over the last decades.  This joint meeting will be hosted by the Australian Learning Group so that researchers from around the world can share and discuss their research in animal behavior, conditioning, associative learning, cognition, behavioural neuroscience, biological psychology, evolutionary psychology and comparative psychology.

Conference: Thurs-Sat 14th-16th July, 2016

Venue: The The New Law Annex, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia.


We are pleased to announce three Keynote speakers for this meeting.

Professor John Pearce of the School of Psychology, Cardiff University

Dr Andrew Maclean of the Australian Equine Behaviour Centre

Professor Germán Gutiérrez of the Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá, Colombia and President of the ISCP.


We are pleased to announce three themed symposium for this meeting.

“Behavioural Neuroscience of Addiction” (Organised by Dr Kelly Clemens, UNSW, Australia)

“Timing, Counting and Navigation Learning in rats” (Organised by Professor Shogo Sakata, Hiroshima University, Japan)

“How applicable are models of animal conditioning to human associative learning?” (Organised by Dr Tom Beesley, UNSW, Australia)

Registrations are currently open and can be accessed at the Program and Registrations page.

About the ISCP:

The International Society for Comparative Psychology (ISCP) was founded in 1980 and held its first meeting in 1983. The ISCP:

The ISCP holds biennial meetings hosted by different national comparative psychology academic organisations. The previous meetings were hosted by Colombia in 2014, Spain in 2012, and Japan in 2010.

About the ALG:

The Australian Learning Group was founded in 1989 by researchers at the major Universities in Sydney who shared a common interest in understanding the theoretical and biological mechanisms responsible for learning and behaviour in people and in other animals.

The ALG now includes members from most Australian Universities who conduct research in animal and human behaviour, associative learning processes and cognition, behavioural and cognitive neuroscience, psychopharmacology, evolutionary and comparative psychology, and the many applications of these principles to clinical psychology, medicine and health psychology, gambling and addiction, and veterinary sciences and animal husbandry.

The ALG hosts an International Meeting every four years. The ALG is proud to host the ISCP for the 2016 International Meeting.

An Official Satellite Meeting of the 31st International Congress of Psychology, Yokohama, 2016.


The 18th Meeting of the International Society for Comparative Psychology has been timed to allow delegates to come to Sydney, and then attend the 39th Annual Meeting of
Japanese Neuroscience Society (20th -22nd July, 2016. Site: and the 31st ICP meeting (24th-29th July. Site:, which will both be held in Yokohama, Japan.


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