CEMS 2020

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CEMS 2019

The 2020 Context and Episodic Memory Symposium (CEMS) will be held virtually from August 16th-19th. Health-related safety concerns and ongoing travel restrictions have led us to adopt an online format for CEMS 2020.

In the past few weeks we have learned a great deal from the successes and challenges of other online conferences, and we are working to develop an online poster session format that will allow for meaningful and satisfying engagement for the CEMS community. This will include flexibility in the format and style of the poster presentations, as well as the creation of an intuitive system allowing attendees and poster presenters to interact with one another during the poster session itself. The symposium is designed to be a forum for the exchange of ideas among colleagues working on theoretical and empirical approaches to the study of context and episodic memory, broadly construed.

We will be in touch soon with more details about our virtual poster sessions, registration, and about the broader structure of the conference. In the meantime, if you have any questions, do not hesitate to email context.symposium@gmail.com.



If you are presenting and have scheduling conflicts, please let us know as soon as possible by emailing context.symposium@gmail.com

Monday Tuesday Wednesday
11:00 Michael Kahana (University of Pennsylvania): Welcome and introductory remarks. 11:00 Poster Session 11:00 Michael Kahana (University of Pennsylvania): Welcome and introductory remarks.
8:30 Michael Kahana (University of Pennsylvania): Welcome and introductory remarks. 8:30 Lynne Reder (Carnegie Mellon University): Chunk strength and working memory resource limitations: Implications for partial matching and the need for discrimination training.
** Discussant: Adam Osth, University of Melbourne
8:35 Rosie Cowell (University of Massachusetts Amherst): Banishing ghosts of process from the neural machinery of human memory. 9:05 Gordon Logan (Vanderbilt University): Serial order in perception, cognition, and action.
** Discussant: Mariam Aly, Columbia University ** Discussant: Alice Healy, University of Colorado Boulder
9:10 David Smith (Cornell University): The hippocampal role in context and interference: Evidence from rodent neurophysiology. 9:40 Karl Healey (Michigan State University): The role of control processes in the dynamics of episodic memory search.
** Discussant: Lila Davachi, Columbia University ** Discussant: Neal Morton, University of Texas at Austin
9:45 Jeremy Manning (Dartmouth University): Episodic memory: Mental time travel or a quantum 'memory wave' function? 10:15 Morning Break
** Discussant: Marc Howard, Boston University
10:20 Morning Break 10:45 Nicholas Franklin (Harvard University): Structured event memory: A neuro-symbolic model of event cognition.
** Discussant: Simon Dennis, University of Melbourne
10:45 Keynote Address: Marcia Johnson (Yale University): Constructing memory. 11:20 Katherine Duncan (University of Toronto): The lingering costs and benefits of novelty detection on memory.
** Discussant: Nicole Long, University of Virginia
11:45 Group Photo & Lunch Break 11:55 Sudeep Bhatia (University of Pennsylvania): Context in decisions from memory.
** Discussant: Vishnu Murty, Temple University
1:00 Ethan Solomon (University of Pennsylvania): Hippocampal theta codes for distances in semantic and temporal spaces. 12:30 Lunch Break & Poster Setup
1:15 Salman Qasim (Columbia University): Memory retrieval guides single-neuron activity in the human entorhinal cortex. 1:30 Poster Session II
1:30 Jacob Bellmund (Max Planck Institute): Time is memory: Temporal relationships shape memories in the hippocampal-entorhinal region. 3:00 David Clewett (New York University): Arousal modulates the temporal organization of events in long-term memory.
1:45 Katherine Sherrill (University of Texas at Austin): Hippocampal and medial prefrontal cognitive maps formed through spatial navigation influence processing in non-spatial contexts. 3:15 James Antony (Princeton University): Targeted memory reactivation during sleep elicits neural signals related to learning content.
2:00 Iva Brunec (University of Toronto): Hippocampal representations of decision points during extended experience in a virtual environment. 3:30 Jessica Payne (University of Notre Dame): Interactive effects of stress reactivity and REM sleep theta activity on emotional episodic memory consolidation.
2:15 Coffee Break 3:45 Coffee and Snack Break
2:35 Ida Momennejad (Columbia University): Predicting the future with multi-scale successor representations. 4:05 Janice Chen (Johns Hopkins University): Behavioral and neural dynamics during naturalistic free spoken recall.
2:50 George Parish (University of Birmingham): The Synfire/deSync Model: Deciphering episodic content from cortical alpha oscillations. 4:20 Tyler Tomita (Johns Hopkins University): Similarity structure of real-world episodic memories.
3:05 David Kellen (Syracuse University): Testing the foundations of signal detection theory in recognition memory. 4:35 Khena Swallow (Cornell University): Events are defined by perceivers and by the features of an experience.
3:20 Hyungwook Yim (University of Melbourne): Decomposing different sources of interference in recognition memory development: A computational modeling approach. 4:50 Michael Peer (University of Pennsylvania): Neural coding of social networks structure.
3:35 Coffee and Snack Break
4:00 Rose Cooper (Boston College): Memories fade: Changes in reconstructed perceptual quality over time.
4:15 Anna Blumenthal (University of Toronto): Perirhinal cortex representations that support item-based recognition decisions are shaped by temporal encoding context.
4:30 Dasa Zeithamova (University of Oregon): Specific and generalized representations supporting incidental concept generalization.
4:45 Ashleigh Maxcey (Vanderbilt University): Activating episodic visual long-term memories reduces storage.
5:00 Reception and Poster Session I

Past Symposia

For information about past CEMS events, please click here.