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

Late registration for CEMS2021 is still open! Registration prices are as follows:

  • $435 for faculty
  • $335 for non-faculty

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

Click here to register for CEMS 2021.

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 are still 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.

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 for CEMS 2021 is now CLOSED. Thank you for your submissions.

Please note that poster dimensions should be no larger than 60x40 inches (landscape). Poster boards, easels, and push pins will be provided.


Monday Tuesday
8:30 Breakfast and Registration 8:30 Breakfast and Registration
Spoken Session 1
Spoken Session 1
9:15 Michael Peer (University of Pennsylvania): The human brain uses spatial schemas to represent segmented environments. 9:15 John Sakon (University of Pennsylvania): Hippocampal ripples signal contextually mediated episodic recall.
9:35 Neal W. Morton (University of Texas at Austin): Neural Representations of temporal schemas in hippocampal and precuneus predict schema-based learning. 9:35 Yvonne Chen (University of Pennsylvania): Stability of ripple events during task engagement in human hippocampus.
9:55 Lukas Kunz (Columbia University): A Neural code for egocentric spatial maps in the human brain. 9:55 Kevin P. Darby (University of Virginia): Seeking the source of confidence in memory-guided decisions.
10:15 Break 10:15 Break
Spoken Session 2
Spoken Session 2
10:45 Salman E Qasim (University of Pennsylvania): Gamma oscillation in the human hippocampus and amygdala support arousal-mediated memory. 10:45 Martin Ho Kwan Ip (University of Pennsylvania): How A Word Is Produced Affects How It Is Remembered: Effects Of Prosodic Context On Word Learning And Memory.
11:05 Halle Dimsdale-Zucker (Columbia University): CA23DG patterns are modulated by spontaneously retrieved encoding contexts. 11:05 Sudeep Bhatia (University of Pennsylvania): A Cognitive Model of Free Association.
11:25 Sarah Solomon (University of Pennsylvania): Human and models leverage statistics across episodes to build structured category representations. 11:25 Zhifang Ye (University of Oregon): Prior Experiences bias memory decisions through global pattern similarity.
11:45 Zoran Tiganj (Indiana University Bloomington): Learning temporal relationships with artificial neural networks inspired by computational models of memory. 11:45 Emily R. Weichart (The Ohio State University): Common mechanisms support between- and within- trial learning dynamics.
12:05 Lunch and Poster Setup 12:05 Lunch and Poster Setup
1:00 Poster Session 1:00 Poster Session
Spoken Session 3
Spoken Session 3
2:30 M. Karl Healey (Michigan State University): A Post-Encodifing Pre-Production Reinstatement (PEPPR) Model of Dual-List Free Recall. 2:30 Wei Tang (Indiana University Bloomington): Autocorrelated activity in the human hippocampus encodes transition patterns during visual statistical learning.
2:50 Noa Herz (University of Pennsylvania): Hippocampal biomarkers of false recalls. 2:50 James Kragel (Northwestern University): Hippocampal theta oscillations rapidly map effective visual exploration.
3:10 Vishnu P. Murty (Temple University): Influences of reward Motivation on Episodic Memory Structure and Free Recall Dynamics. 3:10 Closing Remarks
3:30 Break
Spoken Session 4
4:00 Greg Cox (University of Albany): An integrative account of serial position effects in recognition
4:20 Rui Cao (Boston University): Internally Generated Time in the Rodent Hippocampus is Logarithmically Compressed
4:40 Cybelle M. Smith (University of Pennsylvania): Learning context-dependent temporal associations across time-scales.
5:00 - 7:00 Reception

Past Symposia

For information about past CEMS events, please click here.