The Future of Visual Attention

30th Symposium: June 3-5, 2016

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All talks & discussion sessions are in Goergen Hall
All breaks and lunches are in the Munnerlyn Atrium

Thursday, June 2

7:00 - 9:00 pm—Registration & Welcome Reception, Hilton Garden Inn


Friday, June 3

8:00 am—Registration & Breakfast

8:30 am—Welcome, Ben Hayden & Jude Mitchell, University of Rochester

9:00 - 9:50 am—Keynote Talk: Rich Krauzlis, National Eye Institute
New challenges and opportunities for understanding visual attention

Talk session I: Parietal & action
Chair: Eve De Rosa, Cornell University

9:50 - 10:20 am—James Bisley, University of California, Los Angeles
Dissociating attentional modulation and the limited capacity of attention

10:20 - 10:50 am—Break

10:50 - 11:20 am—Alex Huk, University of Texas at Austin
Selection and integration of sensory evidence during continuous naturalistic behaviors

11:20 - 11:50 am—Tirin Moore, Stanford University
The relative roles of parietal and prefrontal cortex in visual attention

11:50 am - 12:20 pm—Post-doc Data Blitz (3 minutes each)

12:20 - 2:00 pm—Lunch & Posters

Talk session II: Social attention and face processing
Chair: Liz Romanski, University of Rochester

2:00 - 2:30 pm—David Leopold, National Institute of Mental Health
Making sense of brain activity during natural free viewing

2:30 - 3:00 pm—Steve Chang, Yale University
Context-dependent social gaze dynamics between pairs of rhesus macaques

3:00 - 3:30 pm—Katalin Gothard, University of Arizona
Species-specific differences in the contribution of attention to responses properties of amygdala neurons

3:30 - 4:00 pm—Break

Talk session III: Reward and learning
Chair: Kari Hoffman, York University

4:00 - 4:30 pm—Cendri Hutcherson, University of Toronto
Neurocomputational mechanisms for the attentional modulation of value in social and non-social choice domains

4:30 - 5:00 pm—Celeste Kidd, University of Rochester
Core attentional mechanisms and dynamics in early learning

5:00 - 5:30 pm—Ben Hayden, University of Rochester
Attention as a framework for economic choice

6:00 - 9:00 pm—Banquet, Hilton Garden Inn


Saturday, June 4

8:00 - 9:00 am—Breakfast

Talk session IV: Circuits and gating (Part I)
Chair: Lorella Battelli, Harvard Medical School/IIT, Italy

9:00 - 9:30 am—Marisa Carrasco, New York University
How attention affects visual perception

9:30 - 10:00 am—Anita Disney, Vanderbilt University
Brain states and cholinergic modulation of visual cortex

10:00 - 10:30 am—Break

10:30 am - 11:00 pm—Farran Briggs, Darthmouth College
Neural circuit mechanisms of attention in early visual cortex

11:00 am - 11:30 pm—Lindsey Glickfeld, Duke University
Investigating visual attention in a rodent model system

11:30 am - 12:00 pm—Grad Student Data Blitz (3 minutes each)

12:00 - 2:00 pm—Lunch & Posters

Talk session V: Circuits and gating (Part II)
Chair: Ralf Haefner, University of Rochester

2:00 - 2:30 pm—Jack Gallant, University of California, Berkeley
The most important effect of attention is that it changes the way that information is represented across cerebral cortex

2:30 - 3:00 pm—Nicole Rust, University of Pennsylvania
The neural mechanisms involved in finding sought targets

3:00 - 3:30 pm—Roozbeh Kiani, New York University
Changes-of-mind during decision-making: neural correlates on single trials

3:30 - 4:00 pm—Break

4:00 - 4:30 pm—Julio Martinez Trujillo, University of Western Ontario
Decoding of visuospatial attention from lateral prefrontal cortex neuronal ensembles

4:30 - 5:00 pm—Sabine Kastner, Princeton University
Neural basis of rhythmic selective attention

5:00 - 5:30 pm—Jacqueline Gottlieb, Columbia University
Attention and information sampling: bridging the gap

5:30 - 8:30 pm—Poster Session/Grazing Dinner, Munnerlyn Atrium


Sunday, June 5

8:00 - 9:00 am—Breakfast

Talk session VI: Executive control
Chair: Tania Pasternak, University of Rochester

9:00 - 9:30 am—Sameer Sheth, Columbia University
Neurophysiology of Cognitive Control in Human PFC

9:30 - 10:00 am—Thilo Womelsdorf, York University
Prefrontal-cingulate cortex cell and circuit motifs controlling flexible stimulus selection

10:00 - 10:30 am—Break

10:30 - 11:00 am—Christopher Summerfield, Oxford University
Expectation and attention

11:00 - 11:30 am—John Serences, University of California, San Diego
Representations of attentional priority in human visual cortex

11:30 am - 12:30 pm—Discussion & Closing Remarks, Tania Pasternak

12:30 - 2:30 pm—Closing Lunch at the home of Jude Mitchell


Funding for this conference was made possible (in part) by R13 EY026284 from National Eye Institute and NSF award BCS-1632774. 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.