CEMS 2019

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CEMS 2018

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The 2019 Context and Episodic Memory Symposium (CEMS) will be held on Monday, May 13th and Tuesday, May 14th, 2019.

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.

Conference Registration

Registration for CEMS 2019 is now open! Registration fees are:

  • $350 for faculty
  • $250 for non-faculty

Conference registration includes breakfast and lunch on both days of the conference, as well as an opening night reception.

Click here to register for CEMS 2019.

Please note that registration prices will increase by $50 on April 29th, 2019.

Location & Hotel


The venue for CEMS 2019 will be the Inn at Penn, located on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania.

The Inn at Penn is a Four Diamond Hilton hotel, located at 3600 Sansom Street in historic Philadelphia, PA.

More information on the Inn at Penn can be found on their website. Click here to view this location on Google Maps.


In addition to its role as the venue for CEMS 2019, the Inn at Penn will serve as the preferred hotel for the event.

Abstract Submission

Abstract Submission for CEMS 2019 is now CLOSED. Thank you for your submissions.

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 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.


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

Monday Tuesday
8:00 Registration and Breakfast 8:00 Breakfast and Late Registration
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. 2:45 Florin Dolcos (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign): The impact of emotion on memory for context: Behavioral, eye-tracking, and brain imaging evidence.
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. 3:00 David Clewett (New York University): Arousal modulates the temporal organization of events in long-term memory.
2:00 Iva Brunec (University of Toronto): Hippocampal representations of decision points during extended experience in a virtual environment. 3:15 James Antony (Princeton University): Targeted memory reactivation during sleep elicits neural signals related to learning content.
2:15 Coffee Break 3:30 Jessica Payne (University of Notre Dame): Interactive effects of stress reactivity and REM sleep theta activity on emotional episodic memory consolidation.
2:35 Ida Momennejad (Columbia University): Predicting the future with multi-scale successor representations. 3:45 Coffee and Snack Break
2:50 George Parish (University of Birmingham): The Synfire/deSync Model: Deciphering episodic content from cortical alpha oscillations. 4:05 Janice Chen (Johns Hopkins University): Behavioral and neural dynamics during naturalistic free spoken recall.
3:05 David Kellen (Syracuse University): Testing the foundations of signal detection theory in recognition memory. 4:20 Tyler Tomita (Johns Hopkins University): Similarity structure of real-world episodic memories.
3:20 Hyungwook Yim (University of Melbourne): Decomposing different sources of interference in recognition memory development: A computational modeling approach. 4:35 Khena Swallow (Cornell University): Events are defined by perceivers and by the features of an experience.
3:35 Coffee and Snack Break 4:50 Michael Peer (University of Pennsylvania): Neural coding of social networks structure.
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

Schedule for Poster Presentations

Poster dimensions should be no larger than 40x60 inches. Poster boards, easels, and push pins will be provided. If you are presenting and have scheduling conflicts, please let us know as soon as possible by emailing context.symposium@gmail.com

Monday Poster Session Tuesday Poster Session
test Vencislav Popov, Matt So, Lynne Reder Word frequency affects binding probability not memory precision
test Ryan P. Kirkpatrick & Per B. Sederberg Fitting trial level effects in free recall experiments with inverse binomial sampling
test Brandon G. Jacques, Marc W. Howard, Per B. Sederberg Improving statistical language models with information across multiple scales
test Tyler A. Spears, Marc W. Howard, Per B. Sederberg "Scale Happens: Demonstrating the Importance of Timescale Invariance in Neural Networks"
test Zoran Tiganj, Nathanael Cruzado Marc W. Howard "Towards a neural-level cognitive architecture: modeling behavior in working memory tasks with neurons"
test Blake L. Elliott, Aikaterini Stefanidi, Gene A. Brewer Memory and Importance: Memory Accessibility Biases Judgments of Importance
test Selda Eren-Kanat, B. Hunter Ball, Gene A. Brewer Towards a Unified Model of Intention Formation and Retrieval
test Ghootae Kim, Su Keun Jeong, Brice A. Kuhl Context-based memory overlap enhances structural knowledge of similar experiences
test Elizabeth A. McDevitt, Ghootae Kim, Nicholas B. Turk-Browne, Kenneth A. Norman Reward value generalizes to memories linked via statistical learning
test Qihong Lu, Zi Ying Fan, Uri Hasson, Kenneth A. Norman "Patience is a virtue: A normative account of why waiting to encode and retrieve memories benefits event understanding"
test Yeon Soon Shin, Rolando Masis-Obando*, Riya Dave, Neggin Keshavarzian, Kenneth. A. Norman" "Context-dependent memory effects in two immersive virtual reality environments: on Mars and underwater"
test Silvy H.P. Collin, Nicholas T. Franklin, Samuel J. Gershman, Andre Beukers, Uri Hasson, Kenneth A. Norman Effect of schema inference on episodic memory
test Vishnu Sreekumar, Baltazar Zavala, Kareem Zaghloul Prefrontal-subthalamic contributions to memory-based decision-making
test Linh Lazarus, Abigail Dester, Mitchell G. Uitvlugt, M. Karl Healey "The Temporal Contiguity Effect is modulated, but not eliminated, by orthographic distinctiveness
test Abigail Dester, Linh Lazarus, M. Karl Healey Incidentally encoded memories show approximately scale invariant temporal contiguity
test Charles P. Davis, Pedro M. Paz-Alonso, Gerry T.M. Altmann, Eiling Yee Inhibition of arbitrary episodic context in abstract concepts
test Helen Schmidt, Rosalie Samide, Rose A. Cooper, Maureen Ritchey News Flash! Investigating the dynamics of emotional memory using real-life event videos.
test Effie Li & Michael J. Kahana Neural dynamics underlying successful episodic memory
test Alexa Tompary & Sharon L. Thompson-Schill Quantifying semantic influences on distortions in episodic memory
test Anuya Patil & Katherine Duncan Measuring the neural underpinnings of lingering mnemonic states
test Kyle Nealy, Sheena Josselyn, Paul Frankland, Meg Schlichting, Katherine Duncan Does the temporal proximity of related events modulate their integration in memory?
test Olga Lositsky & David Badre “Gradual changes promote the generalization of behavioral rules across temporal contexts”
test Rebecca A. Cutler, Sarah Brown-Schmidt, Sean M. Polyn Semantic structure in memory for narratives: A benefit for semantically congruent ideas
test Chi T. Ngo, Aidan J. Horner, Nora S. Newcombe, Ingrid R. Olson The development of holistic episodic recollection
test Matt Siegelman & Chris Baldassano "Modeling brain representations of structured schematic poetry with recurrent neural networks"
test Caroline S. Lee, Mariam Aly, Chris Baldassano Anticipation of temporally structured events in the brain
test Brian Silston, Kevin Ochsner, Mariam Aly Threat impairs flexible use of a cognitive map
test Eren Gunseli & Mariam Aly Establishing memory-driven attentional goals via hippocampus and medial prefrontal cortex
test Nicholas Ruiz & Mariam Aly Cholinergic modulation enhances hippocampally-dependent spatial relational attention
test Yeon Soon Shin, Yael Niv, Sarah DuBrow A latent-cause inference account of event segmentation under perceptual ambiguity
test Felicitas Kluger & Jeremy B. Caplan An autobiographical story-peg mnemonic technique for serial recall
test Sucheta Chakravarty, Yvonne Y. Chen, Jeremy B. Caplan Using brain activity during study to predict future memory
test Qing Yu & Bradley R. Postle Neural processes underlying context binding in visual working memory
test Rachel A. Diana & Jefferson Salan Context Variability as an Encoding Strategy

Past Symposia

For information about past CEMS events, please click here.