CEMS 2024

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CEMS 2019

This year's Context and Episodic Memory Symposium (CEMS) will take place at the Logan Hotel in Philadelphia, on May 30 and 31st, 2024.

We are not accepting abstract submissions for CEMS 2024 anymore.

If you have any questions, please contact: context.symposium@gmail.com

Venue and Hotel Reservations

The venue for CEMS 2024 will be The Logan Hotel, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Click here to view the location on Google Maps.


Thursday (5/30/24) Friday (5/31/24)
8:20 Breakfast & Registration
8:50 Welcome and Opening Remarks: Michael Jacob Kahana (University of Pennsylvania) 8:20 Breakfast
Spoken Session 1
Spoken Session 1
9:00 Christopher Baldassano (Columbia University): Accurate predictions facilitate robust memory encoding independently from stimulus probability 9:00 Gordon D. Logan (Vanderbilt University): No Position-Specific Interference from Prior Lists in Cued Recognition: A Challenge for Position Coding (and Other) Theories of Serial Memory
9:20 Kate Nussenbaum (Princeton Neuroscience Institute): Reinforcement learning increasingly shapes memory specificity from childhood to adulthood 9:20 Jeremy B. Caplan (University of Alberta): Attentional subsetting theory: strength in small numbers
9:40 David J. Halpern (University of Pennsylvania): Study-Phase Reinstatement: Encoding Spontaneous Thoughts as Memories 9:40 Wei Tang (Indiana University Bloomington): A hidden Markov framework for brain representations of temporal regularity
10:00 BREAK 10:00 BREAK
Spoken Session 2
Spoken Session 2
10:20 James Antony (Cal Poly): Causal network properties predict memory organization for non-linear narratives 10:20 Ashley Williams (University of Pennsylvania): Prefrontal Modulation of the Hippocampus Supports Successful Switching Between Opposing Task Goals
10:40 Youssef Ezzyat (Wesleyan University): Neural activity differentiates novel and learned event boundaries 10:40 Sebastian Michelmann (New York University): Tracing the neural underpinnings of memory search across slowly unfurling states
11:00 Nicole Long (University of Virginia): Bottom-up or top-down? How to induce the retrieval state 11:00 Qihong Lu (Columbia University): Episodic memory supports the acquisition of structured task representations
11:20 Rui Cao (Boston University): Ramping cells in rodent mPFC encodes time to past and future events via real Laplace transform 11:20 Samantha S Cohen (Temple University)Pattern Completion and Pattern Separation during Early childhood
11:40 LUNCH 11:40 LUNCH
12:50 Keynote Address: Anthony Wagner (Stanford University): Mechanisms of Memory Variability in Human Aging 12:50 Poster Session 2
1:50 Group Photo 2:10 Data Blitz:
2:00 BREAK 1. Adam Broitman (University of Pennsylvania), EEG Spectral Features Capture Effects of Aging on Attention and Memory
2:20 Poster session 1 2. Rolando Masís-Obando (Princeton University/Johns Hopkins University), How strong is your memory palace? Reliable room representations predict subsequent memory for placed objects
3:50 Data Blitz: 3. Melisa Gumus (University of Toronto), Learning regularities and exceptions are supported by distinct hippocampal pathways as revealed by diffusion-weighted functional footprints
1. Qiong Zhang (Rutgers University - New Brunswick), Optimal Metacognitive Control of Memory Recall 4. Andrei Amatuni (University of Texas at Austin), Probabilistic inference of latent causes develops through adolescence
2. Gabriel Kressin Palacios (Johns Hopkins University), Blocking Persistent Mental Content 5. Wangjing Yu (Columbia University), Social and semantic relationships shape temporal memory in a virtual escape room game
3. Victoria Schelkun (Columbia University), Hippocampal context maintenance and temporal pattern separation support episodic memory 6. Ian Bright (National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke), A Multi-scale Representation of Temporal Context in the Human Anterior Temporal Lobe
4. Eric Cole (Georgia Tech and Emory University), Stimulation-evoked connectivity predicts functional changes in the human temporal lobe 7. Emily Cowan (Temple University), A computational model of replay-facilitated retroactive memory effects
5. Isabelle Moore (University of Virginia), Effects of aging on memory brain state dynamics 3:10 BREAK
6. Xian Li (Johns Hopkins University), Agency enhances individuality in memory for narratives
Spoken Session 3
7. Nelly Matorina (University of Toronto), Remote autobiographical memories have wider spatial scales and are more contextually rigid than recent memories 3:30 Raphael Kaplan (Universitat Jaume I): Relational Episodic Inference for Episodic Simulation
8. Ameeruddin Ghouse (Universitat Jaume I), The penumbra of social episodic content: Enhanced retention of irrelevant social information during episodic memory-guided decision-making 3:50 Derek J. Huffman (Colby College): Cognitive and neural representations of real-world spatial environments
9. Nathan Francis Gillespie (University at Albany, State University of New York), Using Natural Language Processing to Understand Individual Differences: Integrating Quantitative and Qualitative Approaches to Memory and Perception 4:10 Emily R. Weichart (Utah State University): Gaze as a direct input for encoding structure in models of human learning
5:00 End 4:30 Gregory E. Cox (University at Albany, State University of New York): Integration of Information Across Separate Events
4:50 Closing Remarks
5:00 End

Poster presenters

Poster session 1 Poster session 2
Aakash Sarkar (Boston University): Neurally inspired Deep networks with Laplace Neural Manifolds can show Temporal Receptive Windows David Andrew Zarrin (NIH): The Effect of Real-time Ripple Oscillation Interference on Human Memory Retrieval
Abigail Mundorf (Michigan State University): Is organization decided at encoding? Effects of encoding and retrieval strategies. Katherine Aboud (Vanderbilt University): The Role of Temporal and Semantic Factors in Encoding and Recall of Expository Text
Adam Osth (The University of Melbourne): A global similarity model of choice and response times of semantic and perceptual false memories in the Deese-Roediger-McDermott paradigm Kelsey Sundby (NINDS): Testing the role of the subthalamic nucleus in memory-guided decisions
Aditya Rao (University of Pennsylvania): Synchronous theta networks characterize successful memory retrieval Linda Hoffman (Temple University): Charting the Hippobellum: Dissection of Cerebellar-Hippocampal Connectivity
Ami Falk (University of Virginia): Detecting Heterogeneous Cognitive Strategies in Episodic Memory Tasks Luca D Kolibius (Columbia University): Hippocampal neurons code individual episodic memories in humans
Anup Das (Columbia University): Planar, Spiral, and Concentric Traveling Waves Distinguish Cognitive States in Human Memory Lucy Owen (Brown University): High-level cognition is supported by information-rich but compressible brain activity patterns
Augustin C. Hennings (Princeton University): Eye movements reveal the dynamics of memory reactivation supporting successful memory suppression Luke Pemberton (Boston University): Compressed conjunctive temporal representation of what and when in primary visual cortex
Austin Greene (University of Virginia): A general and light spatial associative learning task for wide-scale application Lynn Lohnas (Syracuse University): Bridging retrieved context models across serial recall and free recall
Blake L. Elliott (Temple University): Hippocampal novelty signals dynamically predict goal relevant VTA activation. Mason McClay (UCLA): Using a novel web app to examine dynamic emotional states and their relation to depression and trauma symptoms
Brian Winston (Johns Hopkins University): Effects of Psilocybin at Encoding on Recall of Naturalistic Stimuli Max Weinstein (University of Pennsylvania): Using Recall Dynamics in Mixed Lists to Predict Temporal Context Reinstatement for Repeated Items
Buddhika Bellana (York University, Glendon Campus): A distinctive role of deep processing on the persistence of recent experiences in spontaneous thought. Maya Geva-Sagiv (University of California, Davis, California): Hippocampal-prefrontal interactions underlying memory processes during goal-search in humans
Charlotte Cornell (Rutgers University-New Brunswick): Improving Memory Search Through Model-Based Cue Selection Md Rysul Kabir (Indiana University): Making Deep Neural Networks scale-invariant using cognitive models
Chenyu Wang (Boston University): Time cells for future actions in monkey PFC Michelle A. Dollois (University of Guelph): Modelling the underlying mechanisms of sequential dependencies in recognition memory
Chong Zhao (University of Chicago): Attention Control Differences Predict Both Source and Recognition Memory Performance Muhammad Bilal Khan (University of Alberta): Judgements of spacing without reminding
Christopher Hall (University of Virginia): Towards a Neurally Viable Computational Model of Continuous Recognition Nathaniel R. Greene (University of Pennsylvania): New Perspectives on Age-Related Declines in Episodic Memory Specificity
Cody Dong (Princeton University): Strategic Control of Episodic Memory Retrieval During Story Reading Neal W Morton (University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee): Memory search dynamics reflect retrieval of semantic context
Daniella Rafla (University of Pennsylvania): Organizational Dynamics of Memory Across Days Neomi Mizrachi (Weizmann Institute of Science): Gaze scan-paths are part of recall strategy in context dependent memory.
David F Gregory (Temple University): Arousal and neural circuity of temporal distance during horror movie watching. Nick Ichien (University of Pennsylvania): Relations in semantic memory search
Devyn Smith (University of Virginia): Multivariate decoding of memory retrieval feedback signals Nikolaus Salvatore (Rutgers University): Parallels between Neural Machine Translation and Human Memory Search: A Cognitive Modeling Approach
Elita Lee (Princeton University): Learning with caricatures facilitates discrimination of similar stimuli Pierce C. Johnson (University at Albany, SUNY): Statistical Learning: The Formation of Musical Preferences
Geoffrey Ward (University of Essex): Effects of repetition, rehearsal, and a filled delay on free and serial recall. Rebecca Waugh (University of Virginia): Whole brain connectomics in episodic memory: neural correlates of the Continuous Associative Binding task
Haydn Herrema (University of Pennsylvania): Cognitive Strategies in Free Recall Riley DeHaan (University of Pennsylvania): Predicting the Effects of Brain Stimulation from Observational Data
Hemali Angne (Rutgers University-New Brunswick): Why Two Heads Together are Worse Than Apart: A Context-Based Account of Collaborative Inhibition in Memory Search Ryan A. Colyer, Jerome D. Hoover, and Alice F. Healy (University of Pennsylvania, University of Massachusetts Amherst, and University of Colorado Boulder): Large Language Model Simulation of Human Responses to Bat-and-Ball Problems
James Mochizuki-Freeman (Indiana University Bloomington): Incorporating a cognitive model for evidence accumulation into deep reinforcement learning agents Ryan Kirkpatrick (NIH/NINDS): Investigating the latent representations of encoded and retrieved memories in the anterior temporal lobe
Jennifer Fiedler (UNC Chapel Hill): Repeating Contexts Enhances Episodic Memory Updating by Promoting Remindings and Integrative Encoding. Sameer Sabharwal-Siddiqi (University of Arizona): Hippocampus is Important for Representational Precision of Public Event Memories Regardless of Their Age
Jiang Mao (University of Pennsylvania): The cost of stimulus encoding and maintenance in perceptual working memory Sean Polyn (Vanderbilt University): An instance-based retrieved-context theory of memory search in free recall
Jie Sun (The University of Melbourne): The Late Positive Event-Related Potential Component is Time-Locked to the Decision in Recognition Memory Tasks Soroush Mirjalili (University of Texas at Austin): More than sum of its parts: investigating episodic memory as a multidimensional cognitive process
Jordan Gunn (Vanderbilt University): Some Problems for the Retrieved Context Account of Repetition and Spacing Effects Tamara Gedankien (Columbia University): Cholinergic modulation of human hippocampal oscillations during encoding and retrieval
Joseph Kahana (The Haverford School): Neural Decoding of Anticipation Taylor Chamberlain (Columbia University): Conjunctive encoding representations in expert and novice users of the Method of Loci mnemonic technique
Joseph Sommer (Rutgers University): Order-Constrained Models of Memory Uma Mohan (NIH/NINDS): Modeling and predicting neural responses to multisite direct electrical brain stimulation in humans
Xinming Xu (Dartmouth College): Modeling the knowledge asymmetry of the past and the future

Poster details: boards, easels, and pins will be provided, size: 40"x60" (landscape).


Registration deadline: May 10th, 2024 Registration is now closed!

Registration prices were as follow:

$425 for non-faculty
$500 for faculty

Conference registration includes breakfast, lunch, and refreshments on all conference days.

Cancellations before May 1 will be refunded, subject to a 10% cancellation fee. We apologize that we will not be able to provide refunds after May 1.

Past Symposia

For information about past CEMS events, please click here.