CEMS 2020

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CEMS 2019

The 2020 Context and Episodic Memory Symposium (CEMS) will be held virtually from August 16th-19th. Health-related safety concerns and ongoing travel restrictions have led us to adopt an online format for CEMS 2020.

In the past few weeks we have learned a great deal from the successes and challenges of other online conferences, and we are working to develop an online poster session format that will allow for meaningful and satisfying engagement for the CEMS community. This will include flexibility in the format and style of the poster presentations, as well as the creation of an intuitive system allowing attendees and poster presenters to interact with one another during the poster session itself. 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.

We will be in touch soon with more details about our virtual poster sessions, registration, and about the broader structure of the conference. In the meantime, if you have any questions, do not hesitate to email context.symposium@gmail.com.



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

Monday Tuesday Wednesday
11:00 Michael Kahana (University of Pennsylvania): Welcome and introductory remarks. 11:00 Poster Session 11:00 Michael Kahana (University of Pennsylvania): Welcome and introductory remarks.
11:05 Signy Sheldon (McGill University): Retrieval orientation alters neural activity during autobiographical

memory recollection.

12:30 Michael Kahana (University of Pennsylvania): Welcome and introductory remarks. 11:05 Geoff Ward (University of Essex): Positive effects of rehearsal in short-term, long-term and working memory tasks
** Discussant: Sheldon's discussant
11:40 Josh Salet (University of Groningen): fMTP: A Unifying Computational Framework of Temporal Preparation Across Time Scales. 12:35 Jordan Suchow (Stevens Institute of Technology): Memory maintenance in a partially observable mind: rationally deciding what to maintain. 11:40 Oded Bein (New York University): Learning strengthens the structuring of events
** Discussant: Suchow's discussant
11:55 Buddhika Bellana (John Hopkins University): A persistent influence of narrative transportation on subsequent thought. 1:10 Samantha Audrain (University of Toronto): Prior knowledge accelerates neocortical integration at the expense of episodic detail. 11:55 Christoph Weidemann (Swansea University; Columbia University): Neural measures of subsequent memory reflect endogenous variability in cognitive function.
12:10 Merika Sanders (University of Massachusetts Amherst): Manipulating representational demands of a memory discrimination task engages early brain regions 12:25 Neal Morton (University of Texas at Austin): Representations of common event structure in medial temporal lobe and frontoparietal cortex support efficient inference 12:10 Break
12:25 Break 1:40 Break 12:25 Pedro Bordalo (University of Oxford): Memory and Representativeness.
** Discussant: Bordalo's Discussant
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

Past Symposia

For information about past CEMS events, please click here.