CEMS 2021

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CEMS 2019

We are excited to inform you that we plan to host the 17th Annual Context and Episodic Memory Symposium (CEMS2021) to be held at The Logan Hotel, in Philadelphia, PA, on August 16th and 17th, 2021. The symposium provides 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. While we are aware that travel remains a challenge for many in our community, we also believe in the value of CEMS, even at a more intimate scale, to disseminate outstanding research from a diverse array of perspectives. All presentations at this year’s meeting will be delivered in person.

Conference Registration

Registration for CEMS 2021 is now open! Registration fees are:

  • $385 for faculty
  • $285 for non-faculty

Conference registration includes breakfast, lunch, and snacks on both days of the conference.

Click here to register for CEMS 2021.

Please note that registration prices will increase by $50 after July 15th, 2021.

Spoken Presentations

  • Sudeep Bhatia, University of Pennsylvania, "A Cognitive Model of Free Association"
  • Rui Cao, Boston University, "Internally Generated Time in the Rodent Hippocampus is Logarithmically Compressed"
  • Yvonne Chen: Stability of ripple events during task engagement in human hippocampus
  • Gregory Cox: An integrative account of serial position effects in recognition
  • Kevin P. Darby: Seeking the source of confidence in memory-guided decisions
  • Halle Dimsdale-Zucker: CA23DG patterns are modulated by spontaneously retrieved encoding contexts
  • Karl Healey: A Post-Encoding Pre-Production Reinstatement (PEPPR) Model of Dual-List Free Recall
  • Noa Herz: Hippocampal biomarkers of false recall
  • Martin Ho Kwan Ip: How A Word Is Produced Affects How It Is Remembered: Effects Of Prosodic Context On Word Learning And Memory
  • James Kragel: Hippocampal theta oscillations rapidly map effective visual exploration
  • Lukas Kunz: A neural code for egocentric spatial maps in the human brain
  • Neal W Morton: Neural representations of temporal schemas in hippocampus and precuneus predict schema-based reasoning
  • Vishnu P. Murty: Influences of Reward Motivation on Episodic Memory Structure and Free Recall Dynamics
  • Michael Peer: The human brain uses spatial schemas to represent segmented environments
  • Salman E Qasim: Gamma oscillations in the human hippocampus and amygdala support arousal-mediated memory
  • John Sakon: Hippocampal ripples signal contextually-mediated episodic recall
  • Anna Schapiro: Hippocampal replay as context-driven memory reactivation
  • Cybelle M. Smith: Learning context-dependent temporal associations across time-scales
  • Sarah Solomon: Humans and models leverage statistics across episodes to build structured category representations
  • Wei Tang: Autocorrelated activity in the human hippocampus encodes transition patterns during visual statistical learning
  • Zoran Tiganj: Learning temporal relationships with artificial neural networks inspired by computational models of memory
  • Emily R. Weichart: Common mechanisms support between- and within-trial learning dynamics
  • Zhifang Ye: Prior experiences bias memory decisions through global pattern similarity

Location & Hotel


The venue for CEMS 2021 is at The Logan, located in downtown Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The Logan hotel is located at 1 Logan Square, Philadelphia, PA 19103.

More information on The Logan 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 2021, The Logan will serve as the preferred hotel for the event. A limited number of rooms will be available at a special event rate.

To make use of our reduced rate, book your room(s) from our event page here. This link & code is only valid for August 15 - 16 and will expire on July 23, 2021.

To reserve by phone: Please call 215-963-1500 and press “1” for reservations. Follow the prompts to make a new reservation. Once connected with an agent, provide the group code GCMLA.

Please note that our room block includes the evenings of August 15 (Sunday into Monday) and August 16 (Monday into Tuesday). If you attempt to book outside of these dates, you will not be granted the discounted rate for additional nights.

Abstract Submission

Abstract submission is now OPEN for CEMS 2021!

Our program committee has decided to use this year’s meeting to highlight the work of younger investigators, particularly postdocs and junior faculty. These two groups will be prioritized for spoken presentations. All other groups who submit work (senior faculty, graduate students) will be given poster presentations. No more than two spoken presentation requests should be submitted per lab group (i.e., presentations with the same senior author). All spoken presentations will be short talks (~15 min).

To submit an abstract, please use the attached google form (https://forms.gle/YFCdSgi3exv6sg1y7 ) and indicate your preference for a spoken presentation or poster by Tuesday, July 6, 2021.

Poster dimensions should be no larger than 40x60 inches. Poster boards, easels, and push pins will be provided.

Past Symposia

For information about past CEMS events, please click here.