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

 8:50am

 Welcome statements (video)  Rachel Wu  University of Rochester
 9:00am

 Opening statements  (video)  Jeff Elman  University of California, San Diego
 9:15am 

 Attending to learn, learning to attend: Developmental
 dynamics (video)
 Rachel Wu  University of Rochester 
 9:45am

 Understanding attention as an information seeking
 mechanism (video)
 Jackie Gottlieb  Columbia University
 10:45am

 Multiple learning systems, automaticity and attention
 (video)
 Nathaniel Daw  New York University
 11:15am

 How attention and reinforcement guide learning (video)  Aaron Seitz  University of California, Riverside
 12:15pm

 Discussion panel (video)  John Richards
 Marvin Chun
 University of South Carolina
 Yale University
 1:45pm 

 Generalized perceptual learning modifies responses
 attentional modulation in early visual cortex (video)
 John Serences  University of California, San Diego
 2:15pm

 Infants’ everyday experience and learning to attend and
 attending to learn (video)
 Lisa Oakes  University of California, Davis
 2:45pm

 How Learning in Infancy Enhances and Constrains Face
 and Object Processing (video)
 Lisa Scott  University of Massachusetts Amherst
 3:45pm

 Learning to share attention and sharing attention to learn
 (video)
 Gedeon Deak  University of California, San Diego
 4:15pm

 Productive and counterproductive attention: Learning
 about signals of value (video)
 Mike Le Pelley  University of New South Wales
 4:45pm

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


Thursday, November 7, 2013

 8:30am

 Curiosity and attention in young children and macaques
 (video)
 Celeste Kidd  University of Rochester
 9:00am

 Neural mechanisms of information seeking (video)  Ethan Bromberg-Martin  National Eye Institute
 9:30am 

 Life versus the laboratory: Learning what to attend to in a
 messy modern world (video)
 Natasha Kirkham  Birkbeck, University of London
 10:30am

 The interaction of cued attention and spatial learning in
 infancy: a computational model (video)
 Thomas Hannagan  Aix-Marseille University 
 11:00am

 Neural mechanisms of attention-dependent reductions of
 ongoing cortical activity (video)
 Jude Mitchell  The Salk Institute
 11:30am

 Discussion panel (video)  Linda Smith
 Robert Desimone
 University of Indiana
 Massachusetts Institute of Technology
 2:15pm

 Adaptation, attention, and prediction in perceptual
 classification (video)
 Chris Summerfield  University of Oxford
 2:45pm

 Paying attention to attention in statistical learning (video)
 Lauren Emberson  University of Rochester
 3:45pm

 Memory-guided attention: How learning begets further
 learning (video)
 Nick Turk-Browne  Princeton University
 4:15pm

 Discussion panel (video)  Marisa Carrasco
 Richard Aslin
 New York University
 University of Rochester
 4:45pm

 Closing statements (video)  Terry Sejnowski  The Salk Institute