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Neurobiology of Cognition (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar

Neural Circuits for Perception, Memory, Thought and Consciousness


July 23-24, 2016


Grand Summit Hotel at Sunday River
Newry, ME


Brian Russ & Sarah R. Heilbronner

Meeting Description

The Gordon Research Seminar on Neurobiology of Cognition is a unique forum for graduate students, post-docs, and other scientists with comparable levels of experience and education to present and exchange new data and cutting edge ideas.

The 2016 meeting will provide participants with the opportunity to interact with fellow neuroscientists from a broad spectrum of backgrounds who share an interest in understanding the neural mechanisms underlying behavior. Attendees will have the opportunity to present and discuss cutting edge neuroscience topics and methods related to the neurobiology of perception, social and emotional processing, memory, and consciousness. The program will consist of poster presentations and a series of talks given by the attendees, who will be selected based on the content of their submitted abstracts. An important goal of the meeting will be to prepare participants for the upcoming GRC to follow. The GRS will include an interactive panel, titled "Faculty Transitions", focused on helping the attendees navigate the difficult world of transitioning from trainee to independent investigator.

Related Meeting

This GRS was held in conjunction with the "Neurobiology of Cognition" Gordon Research Conference (GRC). Refer to the associated GRC program page for more information.


Final Meeting Program

2:00 pm - 5:00 pmArrival and Check-in
3:30 pm - 3:45 pmIntroductory Comments by GRC Site Staff / Welcome by the GRS Conference Chair
3:45 pm - 4:30 pmKeynote Session: Conceptual Integration
Discussion Leader: Kara Blacker (Johns Hopkins University, USA)
3:45 pm - 4:15 pmSharon Thompson-Schill (University of Pennsylvania, USA)
"Conceptual Integration"
4:15 pm - 4:30 pmDiscussion
4:30 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmFrom Visual Perception to Action
Discussion Leader: Sebastien Tremblay (McGill University, Canada)
7:30 pm - 7:50 pmMichele Cox (Vanderbilt University, USA)
"Interocular Suppression in the Input Layers of V1"
7:50 pm - 8:00 pmDiscussion
8:00 pm - 8:20 pmDiana Burk (Brown University, USA)
"How Does Associating Movement Patterns with Objects Affect Recognition?"
8:20 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 8:50 pmWilliam Johnston (The University of Chicago, USA)
"Looking Where We Want to Look: Relating Neuronal and Behavioral Correlates of Image Familiarity"
8:50 pm - 9:00 pmDiscussion
9:00 pm - 9:20 pmAishwarya Parthasarathy (National University of Singapore, Singapore)
"Transitions in Temporally Stable Population Codes in Prefrontal Cortex During Visual Short Term Memory"
9:20 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 11:00 amMotivational States in Decision-Making
Discussion Leader: Wei Song Ong (Duke University, USA)
9:00 am - 9:20 amShuo Chen (RIKEN Brain Science Institute, Japan)
"Go Social or Spatial: Divergent Information Routing by a Hypothalamo-Hippocampal Circuit in Working Memory"
9:20 am - 9:30 amDiscussion
9:30 am - 9:50 amHanfei Deng (Institute of Neuroscience, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China)
"Periaqueductal Gray Neuronal Activities Underlie Different Aspects of Defensive Behaviors"
9:50 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:20 amZhe Maya Wang (University of Rochester, USA)
"Reward Simulations in OFC"
10:20 am - 10:30 amDiscussion
10:30 am - 10:50 amBecket Ebitz (Princeton University, USA)
"Altered Balance Between Top-Down and Bottom-Up Saccadic Control Across Exploration and Exploitation"
10:50 am - 11:00 amDiscussion
11:00 am - 12:30 pmPoster Session

Coffee will be served in the poster area from 11:00 am - 11:30 am
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmMentorship Component: Faculty Transitions
Discussion Leaders: Sarah Heilbronner (University of Rochester, USA) and Brian Russ (National Institute of Mental Health, NIH, USA)
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmPanel Discussion
"Faculty Transitions: Getting and Succeeding in Your First Position"
  • Marlene Behrmann (Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition, Carnegie Mellon University, USA)
  • David Leopold (National Institute of Mental Health, NIH, USA)
  • Rebecca Shansky (Northeastern University, USA)
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmEvaluation Period
Fill in GRS Evaluation Forms
3:00 pmSeminar Concludes

Research reported in this publication was supported by the National Institute Of Neurological Disorders And Stroke of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number R13NS096762. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.
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