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Computational Properties of the Prefrontal Cortex

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 University.  

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. 

Registration 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
(301) 718-0200  

DoubleTree Hotel Bethesda
8120 Wisconsin Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814
(301) 652-2000  

A more remote location with most reasonable prices for the area; accessible via the Grosvenor Metro stop: 

Bethesda Marriott
5151 Pooks Hill Rd, Bethesda, MD
(301) 897- 9400


Mark Laubach
Event Organizer