Memory wins again!
The 2017 Cognitive Neuroscience Society annual meeting will start tomorrow, March 25. To no one's surprise, memory is the most popular topic in the bottom-up abstract submission sweepstakes.
In contrast, the top-down selections of the Cognosenti are light on memory, with a greater emphasis on attention, speech, mind-wandering, and reward.
The member-generated Symposium Sessions are once again memory-centric, but with the key additions of speech, learning, information, and oscillations.
The hot area of the brain this year is OFC, the orbitofrontal cortex.
Kicking off the meeting is a new addition to the program, a symposium on Big Ideas in Cognitive Neuroscience, which will focus on language, motor control/action, and (you guessed it) memory:
Six speakers, in three pairs, will consider some major challenges and cutting-edge advances, from molecular mechanisms to decoding approaches to network computations. The presentations and debate aim to provide a tentative outline of what might be a productive and ambitious agenda for our fields.
- Charles R. Gallistel (Rutgers University) and Tomás Ryan (Trinity College Dublin & MIT) on memory.
- Angela Friederici (Max-Planck-Institute) and Jean-Rémi King (NYU) on language.
- John Krakauer (Johns Hopkins University) and Danielle Bassett (University of Pennsylvania) on action/motor.
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