The International Association for the Study of Attention and Performance is a scientific organization with the aim of holding bi-annual scientific meetings of highest quality and of publishing edited volume of the proceedings. Its Executive Committee selects the organizers of the next meeting, and develops the program in collaboration with them, with advice on potential participants from an Advisory Council of up to 100 members. Participation is by invitation only, and the Association’s Constitution requires participation from a wide range of countries, a high proportion of young researchers, and a substantial injection of new participants from meeting to meeting.
Since the first was held in The Netherlands in 1966, the Attention and Performance Symposia have become an established and highly successful institution. The advent of the series dates back to the summer 1966 when in Driebergen, The Netherlands, Andries F. Sanders, a Dutch experimental psychologist and ergonomist, convened a group of colleagues from Europe, Britain, and North America to discuss their burgeoning research on “performance theory” and “human information processing”. The original purpose remains: to promote communication among researchers in experimental cognitive psychology and cognate areas working at the frontiers of research on “attention, performance and information processing”.