Jan Wessel, Ph.D.
Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences
Department of Neurology
University of Iowa
"Neural processing of surprising events and their effects on behavior and cognition".
Unexpected events are part of everyday experience. They come in several varieties—action errors, unexpected action outcomes, and unexpected perceptual events—and they lead to motor slowing and cognitive distraction. We argue that unexpected events interrupt action and impact cognition, partly at least, by recruiting a global suppressive network of the frontal lobe and basal ganglia. This provides a common mechanistic basis for different types of unexpected events and is relevant for understanding clinical symptoms of distractibility and mental inflexibility.
Those planning to attend the conference should pre-register on or before October 27, 2017. The registration fee is $7.00 for student participants. Faculty accompanying student participants are asked to pre-register but are not charged a fee. Contact Mike Baker (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Benge Tallman (email@example.com) for more information.
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Representatives from graduate programs located in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin will be available to talk with interested students. All students who are considering graduate school are urged to attend the conference.
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Research posters must be authored by undergraduate students or recent graduates. Each poster must be sponsored by a faculty member. Abstracts for posters must be submitted on or before October 27, 2017.
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