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Eye Movements
Gordon Research Conference

The Oculomotor System as Model of Mind and Brain

Dates

July 9-14, 2017

Location

Bates College
Lewiston, ME

Organizers

Chairs:
Marc A. Sommer & Douglas Crawford

Vice Chairs:
Miriam Spering & Jeffrey D. Schall

Meeting Description

The 2017 Gordon Research Conference on Eye Movements will offer a comprehensive and forward-looking program that emphasizes the most current conceptual trends in the field. While many aspects of oculomotor research will be represented, a running theme of this year's GRC will be the continued significance of eye movements as a model system for studying fundamental and clinically relevant questions in the fields of visual perception, motor control, and cognition. Eight diverse topics will be presented in the sessions, each consisting of four talks followed by a question and answer period. The engagement of all participants, at the podium and in the audience, is encouraged, and a memorable and influential feature every GRC is the inspiring debates that ensue.

The meeting will be held at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, which returns us to the site of our first two meetings in 2005 and 2007. Enthusiasm for this site was high among participants and we look forward to the time-tested, familiar location. The university campus setting promotes a highly collegial and interactive environment within which the field's best scientists and most promising trainees can interact. The 2017 GRC will once again be preceded by a Gordon Research Seminar (GRS), designed by and for the exclusive benefit of trainees and research associates. Together, the GRC and GRS constitute an immersive experience in which participants share ideas over meals and jointly participate in scheduled and unscheduled social activities. The format provides unparalleled opportunity for participants of all career stages to share their most novel findings, foster new collaborative efforts, and chart the future directions of oculomotor research.

Related Meeting

This GRC was held in conjunction with the "Eye Movements" Gordon Research Seminar (GRS). Refer to the associated GRS program page for more information.

Contributors

Final Meeting Program

Sunday
2:00 pm - 9:00 pmArrival and Check-in
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 7:40 pmWelcome / Introductory Comments by GRC Site Staff
7:40 pm - 9:30 pmKeynote Session: The Nexus Between Eye Movements and Cognitive Neuroscience
Discussion Leader: David Zee (Johns Hopkins Hospital, USA)
7:40 pm - 7:45 pmOpening Remarks
7:45 pm - 7:55 pmIntroduction by Discussion Leader
7:55 pm - 8:25 pmEileen Kowler (Rutgers University, USA)
"Show Me, Don't Tell Me: The Role of Cues, Past Experience, and Beliefs in the Generation of Anticipatory Eye Movements"
8:25 pm - 8:35 pmDiscussion
8:35 pm - 9:05 pmStephen Lisberger (Duke University, USA)
"Implementation of Bayesian Behavior in the Neural Circuits for Pursuit Eye Movements"
9:05 pm - 9:15 pmDiscussion
9:15 pm - 9:30 pmGeneral Discussion
Monday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
8:30 amGroup Photo
9:00 am - 12:30 pmSaccades and Visual Cognition
Discussion Leader: Robert Wurtz (National Eye Institute, NIH, USA)
9:00 am - 9:20 amIntroduction by Discussion Leader
9:20 am - 9:50 amMichael Goldberg (Columbia University, USA)
"Presto and Largo: Two Modes of Spatial Processing in the Parietal Cortex"
9:50 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:30 amOkihide Hikosaka (National Eye Institute, NIH, USA)
"Saccade for Object Choice Based on Emotional History and Context"
10:30 am - 10:40 amDiscussion
10:40 am - 11:00 amCoffee Break
11:00 am - 11:30 amMichele Basso (University of California, Los Angeles, USA)
"The Role of the Basal Ganglia-Superior Colliculus Circuit in Decision Making"
11:30 am - 11:40 amDiscussion
11:40 am - 12:10 pmMatthew Smith (University of Pittsburgh, USA)
"Population Codes for Eye Movements in the Frontal Eye Fields"
12:10 pm - 12:20 pmDiscussion
12:20 pm - 12:30 pmGeneral Discussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
3:00 pm - 4:00 pmPower Hour
The GRC Power Hour is an optional informal gathering open to all meeting participants. It is designed to help address the challenges women face in science and support the professional growth of women in our communities by providing an open forum for discussion and mentoring.
Organizers: Marisa Carrasco (New York University, USA) and Eileen Kowler (Rutgers University, USA)
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmGuidance of Eye Movements by Value and Reward
Discussion Leader: Terrence Stanford (Wake Forest School of Medicine, USA)
7:30 pm - 7:40 pmIntroduction by Discussion Leader
7:40 pm - 7:55 pmShinsuke Shimojo (California Institute of Technology, USA)
"Gaze and Pupil both Reflect and Affect Visual Preference"
7:55 pm - 8:05 pmDiscussion
8:05 pm - 8:20 pmAlexander Schutz (Philipps-Universität Marburg, Germany)
"Modulation of Eye Movements by Reward and Choices"
8:20 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 8:45 pmSanjay Manohar (University of Oxford, United Kingdom)
"Motivation and the Energization of Movement"
8:45 pm - 8:55 pmDiscussion
8:55 pm - 9:10 pmMati Joshua (Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel)
"Vigor and Choice in the Smooth Pursuit Eye Movement System"
9:10 pm - 9:20 pmDiscussion
9:20 pm - 9:30 pmGeneral Discussion
Tuesday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmTransition from Response Time to Saccade
Discussion Leader: Martin Pare (Queen's University, Canada)
9:00 am - 9:10 amIntroduction by Discussion Leader
9:10 am - 9:40 amRoozbeh Kiani (New York University, USA)
"Reaction Time Tasks and Transition from Accumulation of Evidence to Response Initiation"
9:40 am - 9:50 amDiscussion
9:50 am - 10:20 amMathieu Servant (Vanderbilt University, USA)
"Models Linking Cognitive and Neural Levels of Response Time to Saccades"
10:20 am - 10:30 amDiscussion
10:30 am - 10:50 amCoffee Break
10:50 am - 11:20 amYoshikazu Shinoda (Tokyo Medical and Dental University, Japan)
"Neural Circuits for Generation of Horizontal and Vertical Saccades"
11:20 am - 11:30 amDiscussion
11:30 am - 12:00 pmLance Optican (National Eye Institute, NIH, USA)
"What Stops a Saccade?"
12:00 pm - 12:10 pmDiscussion
12:10 pm - 12:30 pmGeneral Discussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmEye Movements and Social Cognition
Discussion Leader: Michael Platt (University of Pennsylvania, USA)
7:30 pm - 7:40 pmIntroduction by Discussion Leader
7:40 pm - 7:55 pmMiguel Eckstein (University of California, Santa Barbara, USA)
"Rapidly Looking at Faces: A Sensory Optimization Theory"
7:55 pm - 8:05 pmDiscussion
8:05 pm - 8:20 pmKari Hoffman (Vanderbilt University, USA / York University, Canada)
"Effects of Familiarity on Face and Scene Scanning in Primates"
8:20 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 8:45 pmFrederick Shic (Seattle Children's Research Institute / University of Washington, USA)
"Eye Tracking as an Autism Biomarker: Re-Examining Assumptions from Algorithms to Application"
8:45 pm - 8:55 pmDiscussion
8:55 pm - 9:10 pmKimberly Meier (University of British Columbia, Canada)
"Global Motion Discrimination and Fixation Stability in Amblyopia"
9:10 pm - 9:20 pmDiscussion
9:20 pm - 9:30 pmGeneral Discussion
Wednesday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmEye Movements and Attention
Discussion Leader: Marisa Carrasco (New York University, USA)
9:00 am - 9:10 amIntroduction by Discussion Leader
9:10 am - 9:40 amMartina Poletti (Boston University, USA)
"An Eye for Detail: Fine Scale Control of Eye Movements and Attention"
9:40 am - 9:50 amDiscussion
9:50 am - 10:20 amJames Bisley (University of California, Los Angeles, USA)
"How Attentional Priority in Saccade Planning May Allow LIP to Play a Role in Object Recognition"
10:20 am - 10:30 amDiscussion
10:30 am - 10:50 amCoffee Break
10:50 am - 11:20 amJacqueline Gottlieb (Columbia University, USA)
"Understanding Saccades as Information Sampling Actions"
11:20 am - 11:30 amDiscussion
11:30 am - 12:00 pmJan Theeuwes (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
"The Effects of Reward and Punishment on Attention and Oculomotor Control"
12:00 pm - 12:10 pmDiscussion
12:10 pm - 12:30 pmGeneral Discussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:00 pm - 7:30 pmBusiness Meeting
Nominations for the Next Vice Chair; Fill in Conference Evaluation Forms; Discuss Future Site and Scheduling Preferences; Election of the Next Vice Chair
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmReading and Scene Perception
Discussion Leader: Reinhold Kliegl (University of Potsdam, Germany)
7:30 pm - 7:50 pmIntroduction by Discussion Leader
7:50 pm - 8:05 pmJay Edelman (The City College of New York, USA)
"Local and Global Spatial References for Guiding Saccades to Remembered Locations in Crowded Visual Scenes"
8:05 pm - 8:15 pmDiscussion
8:15 pm - 8:30 pmMonica Castelhano (Queen's University, Canada)
"Attentional Capture in Real-World Scenes: Using Surface Guidance Framework to Explore Attentional Mechanisms During Search"
8:30 pm - 8:40 pmDiscussion
8:40 pm - 8:55 pmAntje Nuthmann (University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom)
"Extrafoveal Attentional Capture by Object Semantics in Real-World Scenes: The Jury Is Still Out"
8:55 pm - 9:05 pmDiscussion
9:05 pm - 9:15 pmFrederic Crevecoeur (Universite Catholique de Louvain, Belgium)
"A Sensorimotor Origin of Saccadic Suppression"
9:15 pm - 9:20 pmDiscussion
9:20 pm - 9:30 pmGeneral Discussion
Thursday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmPursuit of Visual Objects: From Motion Perception to Cognition
Discussion Leader: Philippe Lefevre (Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium)
9:00 am - 9:10 amIntroduction by Discussion Leader
9:10 am - 9:40 amJean-Jacques Orban de Xivry (KU Leuven, Belgium)
"What Is the Nature of the Extra-Retinal Signals Governing Smooth Pursuit Eye Movements?"
9:40 am - 9:50 amDiscussion
9:50 am - 10:20 amAnna Montagnini (Aix-Marseille University, CNRS, France)
"Human Visual Tracking of Moving Objects, Illusions, and Probabilistic Guesses"
10:20 am - 10:30 amDiscussion
10:30 am - 10:50 amCoffee Break
10:50 am - 11:20 amLeslie Osborne (University of Chicago, USA)
"Efficient Sensory Coding Underlies Pursuit Accuracy"
11:20 am - 11:30 amDiscussion
11:30 am - 12:00 pmSuryadeep Dash (Western University, Canada)
"Continuous Updating of Visuospatial Working Memory in Superior Colliculus During Smooth Pursuit Eye Movements"
12:00 pm - 12:10 pmDiscussion
12:10 pm - 12:30 pmGeneral Discussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmGaze Stabilization and the Skeletomotor System
Discussion Leader: Kathleen Cullen (Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, USA)
7:30 pm - 7:40 pmIntroduction by Discussion Leader
7:40 pm - 7:55 pmStefan Glasauer (Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich, Germany)
"Mutual Interaction Between Eye and Body Movements During Gaze Stabilization"
7:55 pm - 8:05 pmDiscussion
8:05 pm - 8:20 pmAasef Shaikh (Case Western Reserve University, USA)
"Tale of Neural Integrator: From Nystagmus to Dystonia"
8:20 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 8:45 pmBarry Seemungal (Imperial College London, United Kingdom)
"Vestibular Perceptuo-Reflex Coupling in Healthy Subjects and Neurological Patients"
8:45 pm - 8:55 pmDiscussion
8:55 pm - 9:10 pmAndrea Green (University of Montreal, Canada)
"Vestibular Contributions to Reaching During Body Motion"
9:10 pm - 9:20 pmDiscussion
9:20 pm - 9:25 pmGeneral Discussion
9:25 pm - 9:30 pmClosing Remarks
Friday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 amDeparture

Funding for this conference was made possible (in part) by (1 R13 EY028020-01) from the National Eye Institute. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention by trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.
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