Stop me if you think you've heard this one before
"STOP ME IF YOU THINK YOU'VE HEARD THIS ONE BEFORE":
NOVELTY, REPETITION AND THE BRAIN
Dates: Thursday 11th and Friday 12th May 2017
Venue: UEA, Norwich
The novel character of a stimulus, that is whether or not it has been previously presented, is a fundamental predictor of behaviour and brain activity. Novel stimuli naturally captures our attention and cognitive resources. Correspondingly, we respond faster to repeated stimuli and allocate less resources to them. However, repetition is not always associated with facilitation, and in some cases a lack of novelty makes us less likely to process the meaning of stimuli or to subsequently remember them. Despite the fundamental importance of novelty in influencing behaviour and brain activity, few attempts have been made to integrate findings across domains in cognitive neuroscience. This will be the objective of the present conference in which speakers will review recent research on novelty processing and cognition and integrate behavioural, functional neuroimaging, computational and clinical data. Practical issues, challenges for future research and potential applications will be discussed.