CNS 2019 Workshop: The dynamics and limitations of working memory

July 16 and 17, 2019; Barcelona, Spain
Chairs: Zack Kilpatrick (University of Colorado Boulder) and Albert Compte (Institut d'investigacions Biomèdiques August Pi i Sunyer)

Description: We use working memory (WM) to hold and manipulate information when making decisions, solving problems, and guiding behavior. Experiments often require subjects to store items in WM for a few seconds, and use this information to make a decision. Since non-human primates and rodents can be trained on such tasks, it has been possible to record some of the neural substrates of working memory during this delay period. Controversy remains as to how items are represented in the brain, and the effect this has on time and resource limitations of WM. Are memoranda represented with stable and persistent activity or dynamic activity? Are WM resources distributed to minimize error or maximize reward? Combined experimental and computational approaches are needed to resolve these current conflicts, and this workshop will discuss open questions and current approaches to answering them. Approaches include data-driven models, human psychophysics, imaging, and neural activity recordings during working memory delay periods.

Speakers: Ila Fiete (Massachusetts Institute of Technology); Rosanne Rademaker (University of California San Diego); Athena Akrami (University College London); Georgia Gregoriou (University of Crete); Aspen Yoo (New York University); Tim Buschman (Princeton University); Paul Bays (University of Cambridge); Mark Stokes (University of Oxford); Klaus Wimmer (Centre de Recerca Matemàtica); Albert Compte (IDIBAPS); Zack Kilpatrick (University of Colorado Boulder)

Tuesday July 16
9-9:10am: Welcome
9:10-10:00am: Talk 1
10:00-10:50am: Talk 2
10:50-11:20am: Coffee Break
11:20am-12:10pm: Talk 3
12:10-1:00pm: Talk 4

8:00-10:00pm: Workshop Dinner

Wednesday July 17
9-9:50am: Talk 1
9:50-10:40am: Talk 2
10:40-11:10am: Coffee Break
11:10am-12pm: Talk 3
12-12:50pm: Talk 4
12:50-2:30pm: Lunch
2:30-3:20pm: Talk 5
3:20-4:10pm: Talk 6
4:10-4:40pm: Coffee Break
4:40-5:30pm: Talk 7
5:30pm--: Open Discussion over Drinks/Dinner