CEMS 2009

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Context and Episodic Memory Symposium 2009

January 2 - January 3, 2009, Palm Beach, Florida

Here you will find information relating to the upcoming Context and Episodic Memory Symposium (CEMS), being held on the days of January 2nd and 3rd, 2009, in Palm Beach, Florida. 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.

Travel and Hotel

The symposium is being held at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Palm Beach. As an attendee at the meeting, you can reserve a room at the hotel at a discount rate. In order to so, you can click here and enter "UNPUNPA" as the Group Code when you make your reservation. The nights for which the reduced rate apply are the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd of January. The discount rate for rooms is $319 per night. (Palm Beach is very expensive at that time of year, and the regular rates are over $600 per night). If you want to make reservations by phone, make sure to mention the name of the conference in order to receive the discount room rate. When traveling to the area, the most convenient airports are either Palm Beach International Airport (PBI) or Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL). There are still some decent fares (around $500 roundtrip for direct flights, as of early November). Note: in order to receive the discount rate, you must reserve your room by December 2nd.


The registration fee for the symposium is $280, which will include breakfast, refreshments, and lunches. You can find the registration website here.


Downloadable versions of the following program are available: PDF, Word

Context and Episodic Memory Symposium <
>Palm Beach, Florida<
>January 2 – January 3, 2009



8:30 Michael Kahana welcome and introductory remarks

8:45 Caren Rotello, University of Massachusetts<
> Modeling Source Memory

9:15 William Hockley, Wilfrid Laurier University <
> The Effects of Environmental Context on Recognition Memory and Claims of Remembering

9:45 Jason Ardnt, Middleberry College<
> MINERVA-DP: A dual-process model of recognition memory

10:15 BREAK

10:30 Amy Criss, Syracuse University<
> An application of the diffusion model to the strength based mirror effect in recognition memory

11:00 Jeff Starns, The Ohio State University<
> Enhancing lure rejection by strengthening studied items: Contrasting encoding- and retrieval-based mechanisms from REM and BCDMEM

11:30 Ken Malmberg, University of South Florida<
> The Implications of Recognition Priming for Models of Recognition Memory

12:00 LUNCH

1:00 Geoff Ward, University of Essex<
> Free recall and Episodic memory: comparisons across tasks and timescales

1:30 Lynn Lohnas, University of Pennsylvania<
> Expanding the scope of memory search: Intra-list and inter-list effects in free recall

2:00 Marc Howard, Syracuse University<
> Temporal context, past, present, and future

2:30 Jeremy Caplan, University of Alberta<
> Is there a context-coding basis for paired associate learning?

3:00 BREAK

3:15 David Huber, University of California, San Diego Testing signal-detection models of yes/no and two-alternative forced-choice recognition memory

3:45 Ken Norman, Princeton University Can memories be weakened?

4:15 Per Sederberg, Princeton University Tracking the dynamics of semantic and temporal cuing during free recall



9:00 Roger Ratcliff, The Ohio State University Priming and associative recognition

9:35 Simon Dennis, The Ohio State University The Inverse List Length Effect and the Return of the Global Matching Models

10:10 Ben Murdock, University of Toronto<
> The spacing and mirror and word-frequency effect

10:45 BREAK

11:15 Rich Shiffrin, Indiana University The co-evolution of knowledge and event memory

12:00 LUNCH

1:15 Mark Steyvers, University of California, Irvine<
> A Bayesian theory of reconstructive memory

1:45 Dan Kimball, University of Oklahoma<
> Conjunctive and summative processes in human memory

2:15 General discussion and wrap up

2:45 Group photo at the ocean