38e symposium du GRSNC
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About the 38th Symposium

The 38th International Symposium of the Groupe de recherche sur le système nerveux central (GRSNC), entitled "The neuroscience of decision-making", will be held on May 2-3, 2016 at Université de Montréal. This symposium is organized by Dr. Paul Cisek, Dr. Alain Dagher, Dr. Lesley Fellows, Dr. John Kalaska and Dr. Peter Shizgal.

Research on the neural bases of decision-making has experienced a rapid growth in the last 20 years. It addresses a great diversity of questions, ranging from how animals weigh the costs and benefits of different actions to what goes wrong when humans exhibit maladaptive behavior, such as in addiction. In this symposium, we will discuss cutting-edge research on this topic, reviewing the progress that has been made and addressing the central open questions facing this rapidly developing field. In planning the sessions, we have paid particular attention to issues that stretch from the most basic neuroscience all the way to clinical applications. We will highlight converging evidence from the full range of neuroscientific methods applied in this field, considered within a diversity of conceptual frameworks. There will be four sessions of presentations by invited speakers from around the world as well as two contributed poster sessions.

The presentations are divided in four sessions:

  1. Brain representations of value: Common or multiple ?
  2. Encoding and learning values: Neural and computational mechanisms
  3. Decisions in the wild
  4. Diseases and deviances

See the detailed program.

Submissions are invited for a limited number of poster presentations on research results related to the symposium theme.

Registration deadline: Thursday, April 28th 2016

Abstract submission deadline: Thursday, March 31st 2016

Symposium venue: Room B-2245, Pavillon 3200 Jean-Brillant, Université de Montréal


We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the following organizations:

Sponsors Université de Montréal - Vice rectorat à la recherche, découverte, création et innovation Concordia University Faculté de médecine, Vice-décanat à la recherche et au développement - Université de Montréal FRQS McGill University, Faculty of Medicine Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital

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