The workshop features 26 leaders of attention-learning research presenting studies of humans (infants, children, and adults) and animals, utilizing methods including eye-tracking, EEG, MEG, fNIRS, fMRI, and single-cell recording. Abstracts and videos are available here.

Some of the presentations integrate complementary studies using computational models to further refine theories of attention–learning interactions in development. Each section features speakers from different fields asking similar questions, as well as eminent professors leading discussions to foster cross-talk among the participating scientists. 

The discussants make explicit the common themes and questions across disciplines, and the potential of interdisciplinary collaborations to address these questions. Further discussions are encouraged among the speakers and moderators via organized meals and breaks. 

Workshop Schedule (PDF)

Wednesday, November 6, 2013


 Welcome statements (video)  Rachel Wu  University of Rochester

 Opening statements  (video)  Jeff Elman  University of California, San Diego

 Attending to learn, learning to attend: Developmental
 dynamics (video)
 Rachel Wu  University of Rochester 

 Understanding attention as an information seeking
 mechanism (video)
 Jackie Gottlieb  Columbia University

 Multiple learning systems, automaticity and attention
 Nathaniel Daw  New York University

 How attention and reinforcement guide learning (video)  Aaron Seitz  University of California, Riverside

 Discussion panel (video)  John Richards
 Marvin Chun
 University of South Carolina
 Yale University

 Generalized perceptual learning modifies responses
 attentional modulation in early visual cortex (video)
 John Serences  University of California, San Diego

 Infants’ everyday experience and learning to attend and
 attending to learn (video)
 Lisa Oakes  University of California, Davis

 How Learning in Infancy Enhances and Constrains Face
 and Object Processing (video)
 Lisa Scott  University of Massachusetts Amherst

 Learning to share attention and sharing attention to learn
 Gedeon Deak  University of California, San Diego

 Productive and counterproductive attention: Learning
 about signals of value (video)
 Mike Le Pelley  University of New South Wales

 Discussion panel (video)  Steve Luck
 Richard Aslin
 University of California, San Diego
 University of Rochester

Thursday, November 7, 2013


 Curiosity and attention in young children and macaques
 Celeste Kidd  University of Rochester

 Neural mechanisms of information seeking (video)  Ethan Bromberg-Martin  National Eye Institute

 Life versus the laboratory: Learning what to attend to in a
 messy modern world (video)
 Natasha Kirkham  Birkbeck, University of London

 The interaction of cued attention and spatial learning in
 infancy: a computational model (video)
 Thomas Hannagan  Aix-Marseille University 

 Neural mechanisms of attention-dependent reductions of
 ongoing cortical activity (video)
 Jude Mitchell  The Salk Institute

 Discussion panel (video)  Linda Smith
 Robert Desimone
 University of Indiana
 Massachusetts Institute of Technology

 Adaptation, attention, and prediction in perceptual
 classification (video)
 Chris Summerfield  University of Oxford

 Paying attention to attention in statistical learning (video)
 Lauren Emberson  University of Rochester

 Memory-guided attention: How learning begets further
 learning (video)
 Nick Turk-Browne  Princeton University

 Discussion panel (video)  Marisa Carrasco
 Richard Aslin
 New York University
 University of Rochester

 Closing statements (video)  Terry Sejnowski  The Salk Institute