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Cognitive Neuroscience of Visual Knowledge: Where Vision Meets Memory
2008 Second Annual Tufts University Conference on Emerging Trends in Behavioral, Affective, Social, and Cognitive (BASC) Neurosciences
May 29 - May 31, 2008
Tufts University, Medford, MA


Venue
The conference will take place at Tufts University in Medford, MA, which is situated in the Greater Boston Area.

The conference talks will be held in the Cohen Auditorium, in Aidekman Arts Center, on the Tufts University Medford campus at 15 South Campus Road, Medford, MA, 02155. Coffee breaks and lunches will be in the Aidekman Arts Center outside Cohen Auditorium. Click here to download area maps and a local guide.

*** For general and customized directions, see below. ***

Accommodations
With the exception of conference speakers, all attendees should arrange their own hotel accommodations. The location that is closest to the Tufts campus is the Hyatt Place (an affiliate of AmeriSuites), which is located 1.33 miles from the Tufts University Department of Psychology. This location also has a negotiated nightly rate of $149/night plus tax, which is the lowest in the area. In addition, Hyatt Place offers free shuttle service to the Tufts campus. Reservations can be made by calling AmeriSuites directly at 1-877-774-6467 (request the Tufts University nightly rate).

Tufts University has negotiated special rates with a number of additional local hotels/inns. To view all options, please point your browser to the list of local hotels. Note that these listings are not sorted by distance from the Tufts campus. Those located in Medford, Somerville, and Cambridge are all reasonably close.

You also have the option of staying on Tufts campus itself.  The available rooms are dormitory-style rooms and are at a cheaper rate than most local hotels.  For this option, please review, fill out, and send in the Housing Reservation Form (note that this form and payment are sent to Tufts University, not to the conference organizers).

Air Travel
With the exception of conference speakers, all attendees should arrange their own air travel as necessary. The closest airport is Boston's Logan International Airport (BOS). More information is available at the airport's website. There you will find a summary of the airlines that serve Logan Airport and the rental car companies that operate out of Logan Airport.

Parking
Parking is free, if you are driving to the conference and are registered.  A parking pass will be issued when you arrive at the registration area on Tufts Campus, which you will display in your car.  When you arrive at Tufts campus, you may park in any space designated for a Tufts staff/faculty, commuter, or resident permit.

Directions
From Logan Airport

By Car: Refer to directions from Boston/South otherwise follow the directions below.

By Public Transportation: Board the airport shuttle bus to the Airport subway stop on the Blue line. Take the Blue Line inbound to Government Center; then change to the Green Line Westbound to Park Street station. Change to the Red Line outbound to the Davis Square Station. Exit the subway on the College Avenue side. You may take the #94 or #96 bus or walk 15 minutes along College Avenue to the Tufts campus. If you board the bus, ask the driver to stop across from the Memorial Steps at Tufts University, just before the intersection of College and Boston Avenues.  Continue south along College Avenue (when facing the Memorial Steps, head left) and take your second right onto Talbot Avenue.  The Aidekman Arts Center will be on your immediate left.

If you walk, turn right out of the subway station and follow College Avenue leftwards around a traffic circle (it will be your third left). Follow College Avenue to your second left to Talbot Avenue.  The Aidekman Arts Center will be on your immediate left.

From Boston/South

If you are coming from the south, take Route 3 north to Route 93 north. If coming from Boston, take Route 93 north. If coming from the airport, follow signs to Route 93 via the Sumner Tunnel. Take Route 93 north to Exit 31. Follow the exit ramp to Route 16 west. Continue on Route 16 for approximately one and a quarter miles. An athletic field will appear on your right. Bear left through the next traffic circle and proceed up the hill on Powder House Boulevard.  Proceed for approximately half a mile to a rotary and take the 5th exit onto College Avenue heading northwards.  Follow College Avenue to your second left to Talbot Avenue.  The Aidekman Arts Center will be on your immediate left.

From the North

If you are approaching on Routes 1, 95, 128 or 93, take Route 93 south to Exit 32, Medford Square. From the exit ramp, take the first right off the traffic circle, which is Route 60 west. At the second set of lights, bear left on Main Street and take an immediate right on to Route 16 west. Continue on Route 16 for approximately one and a quarter miles. An athletic field will appear on your right. Bear left through the next traffic circle and proceed up the hill on Powder House Boulevard. Proceed for approximately half a mile to a rotary and take the 5th exit onto College Avenue heading northwards.  Follow College Avenue to your second left to Talbot Avenue.  The Aidekman Arts Center will be on your immediate left.

From the Northwest

If you are approaching on Route 2 East, continue on Route 2, past the junction of Routes 2 and 95. If you are approaching on Route 3, take Route 95 south to Route 2 east (Exit 29A). At the junction of Routes 2 and 16, bear left through a full traffic light on Route 16 east. Take Route 16 east through two full traffic lights. You will see blue signs on the right for Tufts University. Follow the blue signs and take a sharp right up the hill on Powder House Boulevard. Proceed for approximately half a mile to a rotary and take the 5th exit onto College Avenue heading northwards.  Follow College Avenue to your second left to Talbot Avenue.  The Aidekman Arts Center will be on your immediate left.

From the West or Southwest

If you are approaching on Routes 90 (Massachusetts Turnpike) or 95 take Route 95 north to Route 2 east (Exit 29A). At the junction of Routes 2 and 16, bear left through a full traffic light on Route 16 east. Take Route 16 east through two full traffic lights. You will see blue signs on the right for Tufts University. Follow the blue signs and take a sharp right up the hill on Powder House Boulevard. Proceed for approximately half a mile to a rotary and take the 5th exit onto College Avenue heading northwards.  Follow College Avenue to your second left to Talbot Avenue.  The Aidekman Arts Center will be on your immediate left.

Public Transportation

If you are coming by subway, or "T", take the Red Line to the Davis Square Station. Exit the Davis Square Station on the College Avenue side. You may take the #94 or #96 bus or walk 15 minutes along College Avenue to the Tufts campus. If you board the bus, ask the driver to stop across from the Memorial Steps at Tufts University, just before the intersection of College and Boston Avenues. Continue south along College Avenue (when facing the Memorial Steps, head left) and take your second right onto Talbot Avenue.  The Aidekman Arts Center will be on your immediate left.

If you walk, turn right out of the subway station and follow College Avenue leftwards around a traffic circle (it will be your third left). Follow College Avenue to your second left to Talbot Avenue.  The Aidekman Arts Center will be on your immediate left.

From South Station (Amtrak/Bus)

Board the Red Line of the subway and take it to the Davis Square Station. Exit the subway on the College Avenue side. You may take the #94 or #96 bus or walk 15 minutes along College Avenue to the Tufts campus. If you board the bus, ask the driver to stop across from the Memorial Steps at Tufts University, just before the intersection of College and Boston Avenues. Continue south along College Avenue (when facing the Memorial Steps, head left) and take your second right onto Talbot Avenue.  The Aidekman Arts Center will be on your immediate left.

If you walk, turn right out of the subway station and follow College Avenue leftwards around a traffic circle (it will be your third left). Follow College Avenue to your second left to Talbot Avenue.  The Aidekman Arts Center will be on your immediate left.

From Hotel to Conference

There is a free shuttle that runs regularly (and on request) from the Hyatt Place in Medford.

However, if you are driving:
Take a right out of the Hyatt parking lot onto Riverside Avenue.  Go straight through the traffic light and bear right onto City Hall Mall.  You should get into the middle lane.  At the traffic light, turn left onto Salem Street, into the right-most lane.  You will proceed straight through the next traffic light (bearing slightly right), onto High Street (38/60).  You will go along High Street until you come to a rotary; take the 4th exit onto Winthrop Street (38), heading south (you will be going essentially 90 degrees to the left of your heading when you approached the rotary).  Proceed approximately half a mile (you will pass through several traffic lights) and turn left onto Boston Avenue.  Follow Boston Avenue until the next intersection, where you will turn right (it is only a slight right; stay in the right-hand lane).  Take the second right onto Talbot Avenue and park in any of the parking spaces there.  Cohen Auditorium is located in the buildings on your left.

From Conference to the Hotel

Follow the reverse directions from above to the rotary at Winthrop/High Street.  Take the exit onto High Street and proceed into Medford Square.  You will go straight through the intersection onto Riverside Avenue.  You should get into the right-hand lane.  Proceed through the next traffic light.  Hyatt Place will be on your left.

Further Directions

To get individualized directions from Google Maps to the main entrance into Aidekman Arts Center, click here, select "Get Directions To Here" in the Address box, and enter your starting location (the main entrance to Aidekman Arts Center is located at 20 Talbot Avenue, Somerville, MA).