Mapping Paths to Understand the Hippocampus

Q&A with Lynn Nadel Over the last several decades, research led by cognitive neuroscientists has led to new understanding of the hippocampus and its core role in human memory. “The attention the hippocampus has received, and the progress that has been made in understanding it, has been nothing short of astounding in the 50+ years […]

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Training Your Attention on Unwanted Thoughts to Remove Them

Zulkayda Mamat has always been interested in the interplay between memory and trauma. Ethnically Uyghur, Mamat left China when she was 12 years old, becoming part of the diaspora community. She has borne witness to the mass trauma experienced by the Uyghurs, at least a million of whom, by many estimates, have been detained in […]

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When Our Brains Trick Us with a False Memory

When I was very young, my family visited Disney World, and for years after, I had a fairly vivid memory of the Dumbo ride: the elephants spun around vertically like a Ferris wheel. When I returned there decades later as an adult with my own family, I was stunned to see that the elephants spin […]

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Exploring Coincidences: When We Find Meaning in Random Patterns

As a master’s student studying paranormal beliefs and parapsychology some 15 years ago, Christian Rominger stumbled upon a paper by Paola Bressan about “meaningful coincidences” and why they might happen.  “What really caught my attention about meaningful coincidences is that they’re different from other paranormal ideas and phenomena. They’re tied closely to our behaviors and […]

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Using Virtual Reality to Explore the Neuroscience of Out-of-Body Experiences

When I was young, I remember first hearing the phrase “out-of-body experience” in reference to the Shirley Maclaine TV series “Out on a Limb.” At the time, I remember thinking of it as a mystical, mysterious state. Now, researchers know these experiences can happen through meditation, sensory deprivation, or when hearing death, but little is […]

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The Cognitive Neuroscience Society (CNS) is committed to the development of mind and brain research aimed at investigating the psychological, computational, and neuroscientific bases of cognition.

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

SAVE THE DATE! CNS 2024 Annual Meeting - April 13-16, 2024

We invite you to join us at the Cognitive Neuroscience Society 2024 Annual Meeting on April 13-16,2024 in Toronto, Canada! #CNS2024 We will have a full schedule of events slated for this year's meeting that will include Invited Symposia, Symposia, Several Poster Sessions, a Keynote Address as well as our Annual George A. Miller Award Lecture, Distinguished Career Contributions Award Lecture and Young Investigators Award Lecture.

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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 2023 Blog

Read coverage of the 30th CNS annual meeting, held in San Francisco, March 25-28, 2023.