William K. and Katherine W. Estes Fund


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The William K. & Katherine W. Estes Fund was established to extend the legacy of one of the most influential psychological scientists of the past century. Bill Estes was an intellectual force of nature whose pioneering work had a profound influence in psychological science and earned him the nation’s highest scientific honors, including the National Medal of Science.

Jointly overseen by the Association for Psychological Science and the Psychonomic Society, the Estes Fund supports a variety of activities aimed at strengthening methodology in mathematical, quantitative and experimental psychology and related areas. Bill Estes was a major contributor to both organizations: He served on the founding committee that established the Psychonomic Society and later chaired its Governing Board, and was a charter member of the Association for Psychological Science. Bill served as the founding editor of the APS journal Psychological Science, with Kay serving as managing editor.

See APS, Psychonomic Society Join Forces on Estes Fund for more on the initiation of the Estes Fund.


The mission of the Estes fund is to support the advancement of mathematical psychology, construed broadly, including psychological statistics, experimental methodology, and formal approaches to psychological research.

Programs Supported by the Estes Fund

Grants Programs

Advanced Training in Mathematical and Computational Modeling for Psychological Science
2018 Request for Proposals


  • Computational tools for developing and testing models of quantum cognition
    Jerome Busemeyer, Tim Pleskac, Emmanuel Pothos, Jennifer Trueblood, Zheng Wang
    July 20-21, 2017,
    University of Warwick, Coventry, UK
  • Model-based cognitive neuroscience summer school
    Birte Forstmann, Dora Matzke, Uta Noppeney, Andrew Heathcote, Brandon Turner, Gilles de Hollander, Guy Hawkins
    July 31 – August 4, 2017,
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Data on the Mind: Collecting, Analyzing, and Sharing Research Using Big Data and Naturally Occurring Datasets
    Thomas Griffiths, Alexandra Paxton, Michael C. Frank, Todd Gureckis
    Summer 2017,
    Berkeley, CA, USA


  • Neuroscience and Cognition
    Lead organizer:
    Andrew Heathcote, University of Tasmania and Newcastle, Australia
    Five-day workshop
    November 7-11, 2016,
    Boston, MA, USA
  • Computational and Mathematical Modelling of Cognition
    Lead organizer:
    Stephan Lewandowsky, University of Bristol, United Kingdom and University of Western Australia
    Twelve-day summer school
    July 12-24, 2016,
    Bolzano, Italy
  • Contemporary Neural Network Models: Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, and Cognition
    Lead organizer:
    James L. McClelland, Stanford University
    Two-day workshop
    August 8-9, 2016,
    Philadelphia, PA, USA

Lecture Series

APS-Psychonomic Society W.K. & K.W. Estes Lectures and Symposia2016: Gordon H. Bower, Stanford University
Translating Clark Hull’s Learning Theory Into Estes’ Statistical Theory: A 60-Year Retrospective

2015: Daphne Bavelier, University of Rochester and Université de Genève, Switzerland and Jeffrey Lin, Riot Games
This Is Your Mind on Technology

2014: Janet Metcalfe, Columbia University, Richard C. Atkinson, University of California, San Diego, Henry L. Roediger, III, Washington University in St. Louis, Robert A. Bjork, University of California, Los Angeles, Daniel L. Schacter, Harvard University
From Principles of Cognitive Science to MOOCs