Now Playing: Understanding How Socioeconomic Status Affects the Brain

Depression is twice as common at the lowest income levels than at the highest. People who are poor during childhood and become more affluent as adults continue to be at elevated risk. As presented in a symposium at CNS 2020 Virtual this past May, it appears that early life socioeconomic status (SES) influences brain development […]

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Computers Generate Faces Based on Mental Maps

Cognitive neuroscientists have long debated about whether people have visual-like “pictures in the brain” that we activate when we think of them, or whether representations are more semantically organized in sets of features. So, for example, if asked to think of a blond person, will someone conjure in their “mind’s eye,” a typical blond person […]

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In Memoriam: Arthur P. Shimamura

Professor Arthur (Art) Shimamura passed on October 6, 2020. A founder of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, Art was a talented scientist, an award-winning teacher, and a respected leader. Throughout his career he pursued the highest ideals of science and service, and his highly-cited work has had a profound impact on our understanding of memory, amnesia […]

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Getting to Know You: New Insights in Facial Recognition

The COVID-19 global pandemic is opening new questions for exploring how we get to know and recognize people in our lives. From the rise of digital representations of people — whether through avatars or teleconferences — to the use of masks for protection, we are taking in lots of different types of information beyond mere […]

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The Next Phase of Publishing in Cognitive Neuroscience 

Since its inception 31 years ago, the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience (JoCN) has followed the latest science and trends in the field, becoming one of the preeminent journals publishing in the brain sciences. First led by Michael Gazzaniga, a founder of CNS, and then by Mark D’Esposito, who was Editor in Chief (EiC) for 17 […]

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The term cognitive neuroscience has now been with us for almost three decades, and identifies an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the nature of thought.

CNS 2021 Virtual Meeting - March 13-16, 2021

We invite you to join the CNS 2021 Virtual Meeting, March 13-16, 2021. Experience CNS 2021 in a whole new virtual way with access to all meeting events, including keynote and award talks, symposia, data blitz talks, posters, exhibitors, and live chats during the March 13-16, 2021 conference, and limited later “on-demand” viewing. Don't forget to share our flyer, you can download and print, or send to friends and colleagues electronically!


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The Cognitive Neuroscience Society (CNS) stands against racism, hate, and injustice.  We affirm unequivocally that Black Lives Matter. CNS condemns all acts of discrimination and violence against Black people and other people of color. As an international organization, CNS is committed to the fight against racism, and to promoting inclusion and diversity in science and academia globally. Yet, we recognize we can and must do more.  Read our full statement here.

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CNS 2020 Blog

Read coverage of the 27th CNS annual meeting, held virtually May 2-5, 2020.