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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

We have an excellent variety of poster presentations for both Friday and Saturday. You can download the Abstract Titles Program (PDF) or the Full Abstracts program (PDF).

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Watch a video of the presenter's talk, and/or their presentation slides.
NOTE: The videos are all Real Media files and require a broadband or DSL Internet connection. They will not stream to a modem. Links to the free Real Player downloads are available for WINDOWS or  MAC. Special thanks to Danielle Lopez for the video editing, and to Wonja Fairbrother for converting the files to RealMedia format.

Thursday, May 29

Plenary Lecture

  • Haline E. Schendan, Tufts University, Opening Remarks
  • Jamshed Bharucha, Provost and Senior Vice President, Tufts University, Welcoming Remarks
  • Stephen Grossberg, Boston University, How does the brain know what an object is? A synthesis of visual perception, attention, search, and category learning

Friday, May 30

Session 1: Cognitive Neuroscience of Human Learning and Memory
Chair: Ayanna K. Thomas, Tufts University

  • Haline E. Schendan, Tufts University, Opening Remarks
    Suparna Rajaram, Stony Brook University. Memory and Awareness: Means of Access and Processing Requirements
  • Ken A. Paller, Northwestern University, Declarative memory, perceptual implicit memory, and conceptual implicit memory
  • Neal J. Cohen, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Hippocampus and Relational Memory in the Construction and Use of Visual Representations

Session 2: Cognitive Neuroscience of Human Visual Knowledge
Chair: Holly A. Taylor, Tufts University

  • Haline E. Schendan, Tufts University, When and Where Vision Meets Memory: Prefrontal-Posterior Cortical Dynamics for Visual Object Knowledge
  • Alex Martin, National Institute of Mental Health, Fine tuning conceptual representations: A role for the anterior temporal lobes?
  • Jocelyne Bachevalier, Emory University, Medial Temporal Lobe Structures and Memory: What Have We Learned from Lesion Studies in Nonhuman Primates?

Panel Discussion, Sessions 1 and 2: How Can Memory Inform Vision, and vice versa?
Moderator: Chantal E. Stern, Center for Memory and Brain, Boston University

Saturday, May 31

Session 3: Comparative Perspectives on Visual Knowledge
Chair: Michael E. Hasselmo, Center for Memory and Brain, Boston University

  • Ray Jackendoff, Tufts University, What can language tell us about visual cognition?
  • Robert Cook, Tufts University, Avian Perspectives On Visual Knowledge: The Bird's Eye View
  • Charles E. Connor, Johns Hopkins University, The Neural Basis Of Knowledge About Object Structure

Session 4: Cognitive Neuroscience of Human Vision
Chair: Gina Kuperberg, Tufts University, MGH-NMR Martinos Center

  • Mary A. Peterson, University of Arizona, Inhibitory Competition in Figure-Ground Perception: Effects of Familiarity and Context
  • Lynn C. Robertson, University of California at Berkeley, Visual Representations of Undetected Stimuli: Evidence from Patients with Unilateral Visual Extinction
  • Stephen M. Kosslyn, Harvard University, Is One Cerebral Hemisphere More 'Perceptual' than the Other?
  • Sharon L. Thompson-Schill, University of Pennsylvania, When Hand-Sight is 20/20: How Sensorimotor Experience Affects Memory for Object Appearance

Panel Discussion, Sessions 3 and 4: How Can Vision Inform Memory, and vice versa?
Moderator: Giorgio Ganis, Harvard Medical School