CEMS 2012

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May 10th, Bloomington, IN

The 2012 Context and Episodic Memory Symposium (CEMS) will be held in Bloomington, Indiana, on May 10th. 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.

The schedule for talks has been finalized. See the schedule here.

Registration information is now available! Please see below.

A preliminary list of poster presentations is available here.


Please note that this year CEMS is scheduled to follow a Festschrift in honor of Richard M. Shiffrin. CEMS attendees are invited to attend the Festschrift, which will begin the evening of May 7 and close with a banquet on the evening of May 9.

More information, including registration information, can be found on the Festschrift website.

Location & Hotel

The symposium will be held at the Indiana University Memorial Union, which also serves as the host hotel for the conference.


Indiana Memorial Union (IMU) 900 East 7th Street Bloomington, IN 47405

The Indiana Memorial Union (IMU) operates as a hotel, a conference center and a student union. It is located in the center of campus in a scenic setting surrounded by woods, walking paths and a stream. Conference registration, all sessions and social functions will be centered at the IMU. For your convenience, we recommend that you book your hotel reservations at the IMU.


  • Phone: 800.209.8145 or 812.856.6381 FAX: 812.855.3426
*If phoning, inform the reservation staff person that you would like to reserve a room from the Episodic Memory and Shiffrin Conference block.  Unless you identify yourself as a conference participant, you may be unable to obtain a room.
*Enter Group Code: shiffrin

.We encourage you to make your reservations early as accommodations at the IMU may be limited. The Conference block of hotel rooms will be released to the general public on April 9, 2012.


Hotel room rates vary based on

  • Type of room (single, double)
  • Weekday (Sunday – Thursday) or weekend (Friday & Saturday) check-in

The following are representative hotel room charges projected for the summer of 2012 .Single, weekday room w/one double bed $105.00 .Single, weekday room w/one king bed $135.00 .Double, weekday room w/2 double beds $125.00 .Double, weekday room w/2 queen beds $135.00

Weekend rates are approximately $20.00 - $30.00 per day additional charge.

All rooms are subject to 12% tax.

Internet Access

Free, wireless internet access is available throughout the IMU.

Additional Lodging Options

Bloomington has many lodging options. Although we recommend that you stay at the IMU, we invite you to check out other choices at [[1]].


Flight Information

Domestic and International Participants: Most participants will find that traveling to Indiana University through Indianapolis International Airport is most convenient. International guests can elect to schedule direct flights into either Chicago O’Hara or Cincinnati International and then take a short 30 minute flight into Indianapolis.

.Airport: Indianapolis International Airport
.Airport Symbol: IND
.Location: 50 miles (93 kilometers) north of Bloomington, Indiana

Travel Agency Assistance

If you would like assistance with your travel arrangements, we suggest that you contact Travel Leaders [[2]], a major international travel management company with offices in Bloomington, Indiana.

.Phone: 812.339.7800 or 800.467.7800
.FAX: 812.339.7854
.Email: tgrafewampler@travlead.com

Ground Transportation from Indianapolis International Airport to Indiana Memorial Union

Shuttle: Go Express Travel (Formally Bloomington Shuttle)

*Service 9 times daily between airport and Bloomington campus 
*Shuttle drop off points include Indiana Memorial Union (host hotel), Hampton Inn and Marriott Courtyard
*Advance reservations: Recommended
*Rates: currently $16.00 one way (rates are subject to change)
*Reservations: On-line at: [[3]]
*Phone: 800.589.6004 or 812.332.6004
*Airport pick-up location: Ground Transportation Center. Lower level, outside of airport Baggage Claim

Shuttle: Star of America

*Service 9 times daily between airport and Bloomington campus 
*Shuttle drop off points include Indiana Memorial Union (host hotel), Hilton Garden Inn and other area hotels
*Rates: currently $15.00 one way, for advanced reservations and $20.00 one way, for non-advanced reservations (rates are subject to change)
*Reservations: On-line at: [[4]]
*Phone: 800.933.0097 or 812.876.7851

Limousine: Classic Touch Limousine

*Door-to-door service from airport to any location in Bloomington
*Advance reservations: Required
*Rates: $122.00 roundtrip per person
 *when making your reservations, inform Classic touch that you are attending SSSS 2012 Conference
 *rate is for shared ride service, private car is not guaranteed
*Reservations: On-line at: [[5]]
*Phone: 800.319.0082 or 812.339.7269, select "reservations"
*Airport Pick-up Location: Ground Transportation Center. Lower level, outside of airport Baggage Claim 

Car Rental: Most major car rental companies


Driving from Indianapolis airport to Indiana Memorial Union (center of IU campus)

1. When departing the airport, follow the signs to exit onto Ameriplex Parkway
1. Follow Ameriplex Parkway to IN-67 South/Kentucky Ave.
1. Turn Right onto IN-67 South/Kentucky Ave.
1. Follow IN-67 South to IN-39S
1. Turn left onto IN-39S
1. Follow IN-39S through Martinsville to IN-37S
1. Merge onto IN-37S to Bloomington
1. Exit RIGHT off Hwy 37 at “College & Walnut” (you will emerge on to College Ave.)
1. Continue on College Avenue to 7th Street 
1. Turn LEFT on 7th Street 
1. Continue about 7 blocks 
1. Turn RIGHT into the circle drive in front of the Indiana Memorial Union (parking is available in one of two lots adjacent to the IMU)


Free parking is available to all guests who stay at the Indiana Memorial Union. Commuters or participants who elect to stay at a hotel other than the IMU, may park in one of the two parking lots indicated on the map. View Map. Discount parking passes will be available at the symposium registration desk.

Campus/Surrounding Area

Bloomington Campus of Indiana University

The Context and Episodic Memory Symposium (CEMS) will be held on the campus of Indiana University, located close to downtown Bloomington, Indiana, about 50 miles south of Indianapolis, Indiana. A comprehensive Bloomington Visitor’s Guide will be included with your conference check-in materials or you may request one [here].


The IU Bloomington campus is a magnificent blend of traditional and modern architecture set in a landscaped environment. Walkways meander alongside streams, through woods and along tree lined paths. We invite you to preview some of the scenes that await you by taking a [campus tour].

Culturally Rich

IU Bloomington’s cultural offerings will surprise you with an impressive art museum, a full opera and symphony season, a non-circulating library of rare books and manuscripts and a museum of world culture….and that is just on the campus. The community of Bloomington is alive with art and music – international, classical, jazz, bluegrass, early and popular music. To obtain information about events which are occurring during the meeting, check the Events Calendar at http://indianapublicmedia.org/events/

Local Time and Weather

Bloomington is located in the Eastern Time Zone. At the time of the symposium, Bloomington will be operating on Eastern Daylight Time, the same time as New York City and the East Coast of the United States, and one hour ahead of Chicago.

May weather can be variable with daytime temperature in the mid 60’s to low 70’s and nights in the mid to upper 50’s. It is also a time of year where some rainfall can be expected. Indoor meeting rooms are air-conditioned and often require a light sweater or jacket.

Dining in Bloomington

There are many pleasant pubs, restaurants and coffee houses located a short walking distance from campus.

*Kirkwood Avenue is a main street leading from campus to downtown Bloomington.  Along Kirkwood you will find many casual eating options.
*4th Street is renowned for its unusual and unusually large selection of ethnic restaurants –Indian, Italian, Moroccan, Thai, Burmese, Mexican, Cajun, Korean and featuring authentic Tibetan cuisine.
*Downtown Bloomington – a variety of eateries ranging from California-style coffee shop to sports bars to cafes to a long-standing Greek restaurant.  Downtown Bloomington has two establishments – each with master chefs who have established national and international recognition for their culinary expertise.


*The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction [[12]]
 .The unique history, collections and research of the Kinsey Institute have established it as a leader internationally in scholarship, teaching and service in sexuality, gender and reproduction. Self-guided tours are available during normal working hours. Visitors may view the Kinsey Art Gallery Monday through Friday 2:00 – 4:00pm.
*IU Art Museum [[13]]
 .Designed by I.M. Pei, the building itself is a work of art.  Galleries include Western Art, Ancient and Asian Art, Africa, Oceaniana and the Americas, and Special Exhibitions.  Excellent gift shop. 
*Lilly Library [[14]]
 .View rare and historic books, manuscripts and letters, as well as an extensive collection of mechanical puzzles.  
*Mathers Museum of World Cultures [[15]]
 .Travel the world from Australia to Zanzibar without leaving Bloomington. 
*School of Fine Arts (SoFA) Gallery [[16]]
 .Enjoy contemporary art by nationally known artists and IU’s own students.
*Jordan Hall Greenhouse [[17]]
 .IU Biology provides space to grow plants that serve the teaching and research needs of the Department.  The greenhouses contain many plants from around the world, which are grown in conservatory rooms open to the public. 
*Kirkwood Observatory [[18]] 
 .Observe the skies on a summer evening.  Check web site for schedule. 


*Jacobs School of Music [[19]]
 .Attend an opera, recital concert, band performance from a world class school of music performed by world class musicians. 
*Department of Theatre & Drama [[20]]
 .Experience award-winning classics and bold new premieres on three different stages and at the summer theatre in Nashville, Indiana (20 miles from the Bloomington campus)


Conference Registration includes:

  • Participation in all sessions
  • Conference materials
  • Lunch
  • Morning and afternoon refreshment breaks
  • Poster Session Reception

Registration fees:

  • Faculty: $250 on or before April 10 ($300 after April 10)
  • Students/Postdocs: $200 on or before April 10 ($250 after April 10)

How to Register:

  • Online: Payment by credit card check, or purchase order. Click here to register.
  • Phone: Call 1.800.933.9330 and ask to speak with the Conference Registrar.
  • To pay by check: Register online, select the pay by check option, print the registration invoice and mail with your check made payable to Indiana University #33-12 to:
 .Indiana University
 .IU Conferences
 .P.O. Box 6212
 .Indianapolis, IN 46206-6212

Cancellation of Registration

  • On or before April 10, 2012: Full refund, less a $50.00 processing fee.
  • After April 10, 2012: No refund, but we would be happy to accept substitute participants.
  • /!\ Note: Cancellations must be submitted in writing to the Conference Registrar at iuconfs@indiana.edu.

Questions about Registration?

.Contact the Conference Registrar at iuconfs@indiana.edu or call 1.800.933.9330.

Abstract submission

Submission of abstracts for both posters and talks has closed.

The format of CEMS is to have a relatively small number of spoken presentations each followed by a commentary given by a scientist working on related problems. The program committee aims to identify submissions that highlight major new theoretical and/or empirical advances. Papers not selected for these spoken presentations can be given as poster presentations. In previous years, posters have been a major highlight of the meeting and have been very well attended. The Bennet B. Murdock award will be given for the best poster or spoken presentation by a young investigator, as determined by the committee.

Schedule & Spoken Presentations

8:00 Breakfast in Frangipani Room

8:25 Michael Kahana: Welcome and introductory remarks in Frangipani Room

8:30 Jeroen Raaijmakers, University of Amsterdam: Is retrieval induced forgetting an inhibitory process?

  • Commentator: Ken Norman, Princeton University

9:10 Aaron Benjamin, University of Illinois: What makes distributed practice effective?

  • Commentator: Jeroen Raaijmakers, University of Amsterdam

9:50 Per Sederberg, Ohio State University: The context repetition effect: Repeating temporal context improves recognition for once-presented items

  • Commentator: Lynn Lohnas, University of Pennsylvania

10:30 Break in Tree Suite Lounge

10:45 Yuji Naya, New York University: Integrating what and when across the primate medial temporal lobe

  • Commentator: Marc Howard, Boston University

11:25 Kate Jeffery, University College London: Origin of contextual inputs to the hippocampal place cells

  • Commentator: Jeremy Caplan, University of Alberta

12:05 David Smith, Cornell University: Hippocampal context representations: Form and function

  • Commentator: Sue Becker, McMaster University

12:45 Lunch in State Room East & West

1:45 Group Photo (Location TBD)

2:00 Jeffrey Starns, University of Massachusetts: Testing the unequal-variance account of zROC slope without a zROC in sight

  • Commentator: Christoph Weidemann, Swansea University

2:40 David Donaldson, University of Stirling: Does episodic recollection really fail sometimes, or does it just feel like that?

  • Commentator: Rachel Diana, Virginia Tech

3:20 Break in Tree Suite Lounge

3:35 Greg Cox, Indiana University: Modeling of recognition decision making

  • Commentator: Asli Kilic, Syracuse University

4:15 Brandon Turner, University of California, Irvine: ABCDE: A practical likelihood-free Bayesian analysis technique with applications to computational models of memory and decision-making

  • Commentator: EJ Wagenmakers, University of Amsterdam

6:00 Reception and Posters in Solarium (Hors D'oeuvres, cash bar)


(Presenting author given in bold type. Please contact [Crutchley] with any corrections.)

  • William Aue & Amy Criss, Syracuse University: Item strength and associative information: Examining the role of item repetition on subsequent cued recall
  • Hunter Ball, G. A. Brewer, M. R. DeWitt, J. B. Knight, R. L. Marsh, & J. L. Hicks: Successful source memory in the absence of item memory
  • John F. Burke and Michael J. Kahana, University of Pennsylvania: Theta oscillations and high-gamma activity mark episodic memory retrieval
  • Yvonne Y. Chen, Kirstie Lithgow, Jumjury A. Hemmerich, Jeremy B. Caplan, University of Alberta: Is what goes in what comes out? Encoding and retrieval ERP components in recognition memory are related
  • Brian Dillon, Alan Mishler, Shayne Sloggett, and Colin Phillips, UMass Amherst: Contrasting cues to subjecthood: comparing verbal agreement and reflexive anaphors
  • Jonathan Eskreis-Winkler, Lynn Lohnas, and Michael J. Kahana, University of Pennsylvania: sCMR: A context maintenance and retrieval model of both serial and free recall
  • Samuel J. Gershman, Anna C. Schapiro, Almut Hupbach*, Kenneth A. Norman*, Princeton University: Neural context reinstatement predicts memory misattribution
  • Karl Healey, Lynn Lohnas & Michael J. Kahana, University of Pennsylvania: Modeling age-related changes in episodic memory
  • Pernille Hemmer, Amy Criss & Brad Wyble, Syracuse University: Assessing a Neural Basis for Differentiation Accounts of Recognition Memory
  • Marc Howard, Syracuse University: A distributed representation of spatial and temporal context in the medial temporal lobe
  • Brendan T. Johns & Michael N. Jones, Indiana University: A Synchronization Model of Recognition and Source Memory
  • George Kachergis, Gregory E. Cox, and Richard M. Shiffrin, Indiana University: Dynamic Effects of Perceptual and Categorical Similarity on Recognition Memory
  • Asli Kilic & Amy Criss, Syracuse University: The Strength Based Mirror Effect and Output Interference in Recognition Memory
  • James Kragel and Sean Polyn, Vanderbilt University: The dynamics of frontoparietal and medial temporal lobe networks during self-initiated memory search
  • Joel Kuhn, Lynn Lohnas, and Michael J. Kahana, University of Pennsylvania: A single-store account of the negative recency effect in final free recall
  • Jarrod A. Lewis-Peacock & Kenneth A. Norman, Princeton University: Moderate activation of items in working memory can weaken long-term memory
  • Yang S. Liu, Michelle Chan, Jeremy B. Caplan, University of Alberta: Contextual versus sequential-search models of judgements of relative order
  • Lynn Lohnas & Michael Kahana, University of Pennsylvania: A retrieved-context account of repetition effects in free recall
  • Jeremy R. Manning, David M. Blei, and Kenneth A. Norman, Princeton University: Tracking item representations during free recall
  • Max Montenegro, Jay Myung and Mark Pitt, Ohio State University: Unidentifiability of Simulation-based Models of Recognition Memory
  • Neal W. Morton and Sean M. Polyn, Vanderbilt University: Manipulating the forward asymmetry of the contiguity effect with categorized stimuli
  • Adam F. Osth and Simon Dennis, Ohio State University: A global model of episodic memory tasks
  • Gabriel Recchia and Michael N. Jones, Indiana University: Different representational frameworks for abstract and concrete words? A closer look.
  • Lili Sahakyan and James R. Smith, University of North Carolina Greensboro: Forgetting and subjective passage of time
  • Brian Siefke, Troy A. Smith, Per B. Sederberg, Ohio State University: Prediction-violation elicits von Restorff-like effects in the absence of feature-based item distinctiveness
  • Vishnu Sreekumar, Yuwen Zhuang, Isidoras Doxas, Simon Dennis, Mikhail Belkin, Ohio State University: The geometry, dynamics and network structure of context
  • Geoff Ward, Rachel Grenfell-Essam, Jessica Spurgeon, and Lydia Tan, University of Essex: Examining the Relationship Between Immediate Free Recall (IFR) and Immediate Serial Recall (ISR)
  • Hyungwook Yim, Simon J. Dennis, & Vladimir M. Sloutsky, Ohio State University: The Role of Attention in Three-way binding in Episodic Memory
  • Wenyi Zhou, Andrea G. Hohmann, & Jonathon D. Crystal, Indiana University: Rats use episodic memory to report on incidentally encoded information

Posters should be no larger than 40" by 60".

Past Symposia

For information about previous years' CEMS, please click here.