Control Processes 2017

The second Control Processes Conference will take place in theBeurs van Berlage”, a historical conference venue in the heart of Amsterdam, the Netherlands on October 11-13, 2017. Welcome reception in the evening of Wednesday October 11, 2017.

Adam R. Aron, UC San Diego
David Badre, Brown University
Roshan Cools, Radboud University

Synopsis of Meeting
“Control Processes” brings together a diverse group of scientists each year addressing cognitive control function from a range of approaches and levels of analysis, including human cognitive psychology, computational modeling, neuroscience, anatomy, disease and disorder, and animal models.

Preliminary Program

October 11th

6pm Debate: Control with or without controllers: Is control a module or an emergent property? 
Speakers (tentative)
Benjamin Hayden
Jonathan Cohen

7:45pm Reception

October 12th

8:30 – 10:30am Symposium 1: Control processes in working memory
Organizers: Marie Banich & Tobias Egner
Tobias Egner
Christian Olivers
Evie Vergauwe
Marie Banich

10:30-11am Coffee break

11-11:30am Data blitz 1

11:30-12:15 Topic: The neurochemistry of control
Speaker: Trevor Robbins

12:15 – 1:30pm Lunch

1:30-2:15pm Topic: What makes the human brain special? Evolution and development of control
Speaker: Barbara Finlay

2:15-3:00pm Topic: Computational architectures for control over multiple tasks
Speaker: Niels Taatgen

3pm-3:30 Coffee break

3:30-4pm Data blitz 2

4:00-6pm Symposium 2: (Mal)adaptive decision control
Organizer: Hanneke den Ouden
Amitai Shenhav
Hanneke den Ouden
Michael Frank
Oliver Robinson

7:30pm  Banquet at the EYE film museum (

October 13th

8:30 – 10:30am Symposium 3: Interactions Between the Prefrontal Cortex and the Medial-Temporal Lobes Supporting Inhibitory Control of Memory Retrieval;
Organizer: Michael C. Anderson
Michael C. Anderson
Maria Wimber
Pedro Bekinschtein
Howard Eichenbaum

10:30-11am Coffee break

11-11:30am Data blitz 3

11:30-12:15 Topic: Cognitive models of control
Speaker: Gordon Logan

12:15 – 1:30pm Lunch

1:30-2:15pm Topic: Where is the “top” in “top down control”?
Speaker: Mark D’Esposito

2:15-3:00pm Topic: Physiological mechanisms of attentional control
Speaker: Richard Krauzlis

3pm-3:30 Coffee break

3:30-4pm Data blitz 4

4:00-6pm Symposium 4: Valuation, appraisal, attention and choice:  Perspectives on the role of orbitofrontal cortex in the control of behavior
Organizer:Lesley K. Fellows
Philippe Tobler
Vincent B. McGinty
Lesley K. Fellows
Jennifer S. Beer