The 4th meeting on the Computational Properties of the Prefrontal Cortex will be held at
American University (AU) in Washington, DC on May 15-17, 2015. The meeting is sponsored
by the Center for Behavioral Neuroscience at American University and is organized by Mark
Laubach (AU), Bruno Averbeck (NIMH), Jeremy Seamans (UBC), and Clay Holroyd (U of
Victoria). The conference will be held in the Katzen Arts Center on the campus of American
The opening session, on the morning of Friday, May 15, will run between 8:30 am and noon.
It will include a series of talks by Earl Miller (MIT), David Redish (U of Minnesota), Josh
Brown (Indiana U), and Clay Holroyd. The rest of the meeting will be run in a workshop style,
with topics for discussion proposed by the organizers and attendees. Workshop sessions will
run on Friday afternoon (2pm to 5:30pm), Saturday morning (9:30am to noon), Saturday
afternoon (2pm to 5:30pm), and Sunday morning (9:30am to noon).
The initial set of workshop topics include:
- Is working memory a valid construct for the PFC?
- What can we learn by recording from multiple neurons simultaneously that we really can't
learn from single neurons?
- The myth of neuronal selectivity in the PFC
- How can models of PFC function be tested with measures of PFC activity?
- Dopamine, reward, prediction error and choice: Are these really related?
- Interactions between PFC and the hippocampus: Who is driving the bus?
The conference will provide lunch on Friday and Saturday, coffee in all morning sessions,
coffee and snacks in the afternoon sessions, and a cocktail party on Friday night.
is $125 per attendee until May 1st.
After that, it is $175 per attendee.
Arrangements have been made for hotel rooms at a location in Bethesda, adjacent to the
downtown Bethesda Metro stop and near many shops, restaurants and clubs in the area.
A block of rooms has been reserved at the Hilton Garden Inn, 7301 Waverly St, Bethesda,
MD 20814, (301) 654-8111.
Please consider registering at the main hotel used for
conference housing. A limited block of rooms is available first-come, first-served.
Alternative housing includes:
Hyatt Regency Bethesda
One Bethesda Metro Center
7400 Wisconsin Ave, Bethesda, MD, 20814
(301) 657 1234
Residence Inn Bethesda Downtown
7335 Wisconsin Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814
DoubleTree Hotel Bethesda
8120 Wisconsin Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814
A more remote location with most reasonable prices for the area; accessible via the
Grosvenor Metro stop:
5151 Pooks Hill Rd, Bethesda, MD