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CEMS 2019

The 2019 Context and Episodic Memory Symposium (CEMS) was 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.

Location & Hotel


The venue for CEMS 2019 was 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 served 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. 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

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
Nicholas B. Diamond & Brian Levine: Differential consolidation of detail and sequence structure in memory for a one-shot real-world event. Vencislav Popov, Matt So, Lynne Reder: Word frequency affects binding probability not memory precision.
Ada Aka, Sudeep Bhatia: Memory dynamics in free recall and memory-based choice behavior. Ryan P. Kirkpatrick & Per B. Sederberg: Fitting trial level effects in free recall experiments with inverse binomial sampling.
Adam Broitman, Hamid Turker, Khena Swallow: The P300 predicts subsequent biomarkers of recollection and familiarity. Brandon G. Jacques, Marc W. Howard, Per B. Sederberg: Improving statistical language models with information across multiple scales.
Kevin P. Darby & Per B. Sederberg: Contributions of temporal context and direct item-to-item binding in associative recognition memory. Tyler A. Spears, Marc W. Howard, Per B. Sederberg: Scale happens: Demonstrating the importance of timescale invariance in neural networks.
Simon Dennis, Paul Garrett, Hyungwook Yim, Jihun Hamm, Adam Osth, Vishnu Sreekumar, Ben Stone: Privacy versus open science. Zoran Tiganj, Nathanael Cruzado, Marc W. Howard: Towards a neural-level cognitive architecture: Modeling behavior in working memory tasks with neuron.
Kevin D. Shabahang, Hyungwook Yim, Simon Dennis: An associative theory of semantic composition. Blake L. Elliott, Aikaterini Stefanidi, Gene A. Brewer: Memory and importance: Memory accessibility biases judgments of importance.
Yue Liu, Sam Levy, William Mau, Marc Howard: Population code for time on the scale of tens of minutes in mouse hippocampus. Selda Eren-Kanat, B. Hunter Ball, Gene A. Brewer: Towards a unified model of intention formation and retrieval.
Zahra G. Esfahani & Marc W. Howard: A physical model for pattern completion of highly overlapping patterns for human episodic memory. Ghootae Kim, Su Keun Jeong, Brice A. Kuhl: Context-based memory overlap enhances structural knowledge of similar experiences.
Ian M. Bright, Miriam L. R. Meister, Nathanael Cruzado, Zoran Tiganj, Elizabeth A. Buffalo, Marc W. Howard: A temporal record of the past with a spectrum of time constants in the monkey entorhinal cortex. Elizabeth A. McDevitt, Ghootae Kim, Nicholas B. Turk-Browne, Kenneth A. Norman: Reward value generalizes to memories linked via statistical learning.
Min Kyung Hong, Lisa K. Fazio, Sean M. Polyn: Examining the Episodic Context Account: Does retrieval practice enhance memory for context? 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.
Andre Beukers & Kenneth A. Norman: Curriculum effects in schema learning. Silvy H.P. Collin, Nicholas T. Franklin, Samuel J. Gershman, Andre Beukers, Uri Hasson, Kenneth A. Norman: Effect of schema inference on episodic memory.
Nora A. Herweg, Paul A. Wanda, Lukas Kunz, Armin Brandt, Michael R. Sperling, Ashwini D. Sharan, ... Michael J. Kahana: Decoding spatial information from local field potentials in the human MTL. 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.
Effie Li & Michael J. Kahana: EEG decoders unveil the hidden dynamics of human memory. Yeon Soon Shin, Yael Niv, Sarah DuBrow: A latent-cause inference account of event segmentation under perceptual ambiguity.
Kevin D. Himberger, Amy S. Finn, Christopher J. Honey: Statistical learning: Measures and pitfalls. Ryan Tan, Srinivas Kota, Bradley Lega: Hippocampal-parietal interactions during retrieval of true versus false memories.
Sagana Vijayarajah & Margaret L. Schlichting: Selective attention to semantic versus perceptual features mediates memory for complex illustrations. Linh Lazarus, Abigail Dester, Mitchell G. Uitvlugt, M. Karl Healey: The Temporal Contiguity Effect is modulated, but not eliminated, by orthographic distinctiveness.
Hongmi Lee, & Janice Chen: Narratives as networks: predicting memory from the structure of naturalistic events. Abigail Dester, Linh Lazarus, M. Karl Healey: Incidentally encoded memories show approximately scale invariant temporal contiguity.
Alexandra Decker, Katherine Duncan, Amy S. Finn: Children’s episodic memory formation depends more on attention than adults'. Helen Schmidt, Rosalie Samide, Rose A. Cooper, Maureen Ritchey: News Flash! Investigating the dynamics of emotional memory using real-life event videos.
William J. Hopper & David E. Huber: Testing the Primary and Convergent Retrieval model of recall: Recall practice produces faster recall success but also faster recall failure. Joseph A. Sileo, Rivka Cohen, Michael J. Kahana: Effects of pre-familiarization on recall dynamics.
Taylor Curley, Nichol Castro, Christopher Hertzog, John Dunlosky: Exploring the effects of encoding and semantic network properties on memory for related items. Alexa Tompary & Sharon L. Thompson-Schill: Quantifying semantic influences on distortions in episodic memory.
Neal W. Morton, Margaret L. Schlichting, Alison R. Preston: Events with common structure become organized within a hierarchical cognitive map in hippocampus and frontoparietal cortex. Anuya Patil & Katherine Duncan: Measuring the neural underpinnings of lingering mnemonic states.
Paul F. Hill, Danielle R. King, Bradley Lega, Michael D. Rugg: Comparison of fMRI correlates of successful episodic memory encoding in temporal lobe epilepsy patients and heathy controls. Kyle Nealy, Sheena Josselyn, Paul Frankland, Meg Schlichting, Katherine Duncan. Does the temporal proximity of related events modulate their integration in memory?
Jack H. Wilson & Amy H. Criss: Evidence for global matching during memory recovery. Olga Lositsky & David Badre: Gradual changes promote the generalization of behavioral rules across temporal contexts.
Marc N. Coutanche, Griffin E. Koch, John P. Paulus: Using neural representations during encoding to predict subsequent retrieval of dynamic events. Rebecca A. Cutler, Sarah Brown-Schmidt, Sean M. Polyn: Semantic structure in memory for narratives: A benefit for semantically congruent ideas.
S. Brodt, S. Gais, J. Beck, M. Erb, K. Scheffler, Monika Schönauer: Fast track to the neocortex: A memory engram in the posterior parietal cortex. Chi T. Ngo, Aidan J. Horner, Nora S. Newcombe, Ingrid R. Olson: The development of holistic episodic recollection.
Adam F. Osth, Douglas J. K. Mewhort, Andrew Heathcote: Global semantic similarity effects in recognition memory: Insights from BEAGLE representations and the diffusion decision model. Matt Siegelman & Chris Baldassano: Modeling brain representations of structured schematic poetry with recurrent neural networks.
Cheng Qiu, Long Luu, Alan A. Stocker: Benefits of conditioned inference in working memory recall. Caroline S. Lee, Mariam Aly, Chris Baldassano: Anticipation of temporally structured events in the brain.
Srinivas Kota, Michael D. Rugg, Linley Robinson, Bradley C. Lega: Hippocampal theta oscillations distinguish recollected from recognized memory items in associative recognition memory. Brian Silston, Kevin Ochsner, Mariam Aly: Threat impairs flexible use of a cognitive map.
Sebastian Michelmann, Howard Bowman, Uri Hasson, Kenneth A. Norman, Simon Hanslmayr: The structure of continuous memory replay across event boundaries in humans. Eren Gunseli & Mariam Aly: Establishing memory-driven attentional goals via hippocampus and medial prefrontal cortex.
Simon Henin, Anita Shankar, Nicholas Hasulak, Daniel Friedman, Patricia Dugan, Lucia Melloni, ... Anli Liu: Hippocampal gamma predicts associative memory performance as measured by acute and chronic intracranial EEG. Nicholas Ruiz & Mariam Aly: Cholinergic modulation enhances hippocampally-dependent spatial relational attention.
Simon Henin, Nicholas Turk-Browne, Daniel Friedman, Anli Liu, Patricia Dugan, Adeen Flinker, ... Lucia Melloni: Online tracking of neural changes during statistical learning. Vishnu Sreekumar, Baltazar Zavala, Kareem Zaghloul. Prefrontal-subthalamic contributions to memory-based decision-making.
Harang Ju, Jason Z. Kim, Danielle S. Bassett: The network topology of neural systems supporting avalanche dynamics predicts stimulus propagation and recovery. Felicitas Kluger & Jeremy B. Caplan: An autobiographical story-peg mnemonic technique for serial recall.
Christopher W. Lynn, Ari E. Kahn, Danielle S. Bassett: Structure from noise: Mental errors yield abstract representations of events. Sucheta Chakravarty, Yvonne Y. Chen, Jeremy B. Caplan: Using brain activity during study to predict future memory.
Megan T. deBettencourt, Paul A. Keene, Edward Awh, Edward K. Vogel: Monitoring fluctuations of attention in real time to influence memory. Qing Yu & Bradley R. Postle: Neural processes underlying context binding in visual working memory.
Tracy H. Wang, Yi-Chieh Chiu, Diane M. Beck, Jarrod A. Lewis-Peacock, Lili Sahakyan: Separation of items from their context observed via fMRI pattern analysis of item-method directed forgetting. Rachel A. Diana & Jefferson Salan: Context variability as an encoding strategy.

Past Symposia

For information about past CEMS events, please click here.