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Workshop Leader(s): Dr Louis Renoult with Professor Michael Hornberger, Dr Thomas FitzGerald, & Dr Louise Ewing (all UEA); and with Professor Rik Henson (University of Cambridge), Professor Michael Rugg (University of Texas at Dallas), Dr Peggy St Jacques (University of Sussex), Dr Zara Bergström (University of Kent), Dr Vanessa Loaiza (University of Essex) and Dr Aya Ben-Yakov (University of Cambridge).

Dates: Thursday 11th May, 1.00pm-6.00pm & Friday 12th May 2017. 9.30am-4pm

Venue: UEA Norwich, Julian Study Centre Foyer & Lecture Theatre (11th May) and Science Building, Room 0.31 (12th May)


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.


Confirmed presentations:

* Professor Michael Rugg (University of Texas at Dallas):
          Relationships between hippocampal and perirhinal novelty effects, age, and memory performance

* Professor Rik Henson (University of Cambridge): 
          How expectation and novelty modulate memory for events

* Professor Michael Hornberger (University of East Anglia):
          Value guided learning and retrieval in neurodegeneration.

* Dr Peggy St Jacques (University of Sussex): 
          Shaping Long-Term Memories for Events during Retrieval

* Dr Thomas FitzGerald (University of East Anglia): 
          Expecting the unexpected: novelty, motivation and active inference

* Dr Louis Renoult (University of East Anglia):
          Novelty, Familiarity and Declarative Memory

* Dr Louise Ewing (University of East Anglia):
          Distinct visual information critically distinguishes our judgments of face familiarity and identity.

* Dr Aya Ben-Yakov (University of Cambridge):
          Temporal dissociation between familiarity and novelty effects in the processing of naturalistic events.

* Dr Zara Bergström (University of Kent):
          Distraction by unintentional recognition: neurocognitive mechanisms and modulation by ageing and cognition control availability.

* Dr Vanessa Loaiza (University of Essex):
          What's not working about working memory in older age?


We would like to thank Brain Products UK Ltd for supporting this event. 

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Programme Day One



Programme Day Two