Using Neuroscience to Improve Justice and Outcomes for Youth

CNS 2022: Q&A with B.J. Casey Looking back on her career to date, what stands out for B.J. Casey are the tremendous strides cognitive neuroscientists have made in conducting large-scale studies that get at what is happening inside the human brain. She thinks back to early studies done with only a few subjects and the […]

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From Social Media Use to Social Isolation: New Insights About the Adolescent Brain

CNS 2022: Q&A with Sarah-Jayne Blakemore Sarah-Jayne Blakemore studies topics that are on many people’s minds daily, especially those of us who are parents of teenagers: the adolescent brain. Working to understand the development of the brain in adolescents is a labor of love that began when she was studying schizophrenia during her PhD and […]

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Evolving Laboratory Tasks to Resolve Distraction

CNS 2022 Q&A with John Jonides Every day, we are constantly bombarded with sights, sounds, and other stimuli that threaten to distract us from specific tasks. Over the last several decades, cognitive neuroscientists have made tremendous progress in understanding the brain processes at work when people exert cognitive control to overcome potential distractions. They have […]

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Turning to Ornithology to Understand the Neural Basis of Expertise

Hans Op de Beeck remembers as a child being intrigued by another student in his class who excelled in all subject areas but struggled with one specific task: mentally rotating drawings in 3-D for a technical drawing class.  “He just could not do it, and hardly passed the tests despite a lot of hard work […]

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Maximizing the Number of Brains Studying the Brain

Q&A with Damien Fair, MacArthur “Genius Grant” Recipient Although the global pandemic has slowed his lab’s data collection to a halt, COVID-19 has nothing on cognitive neuroscientist Damien Fair. In the middle of the global health crisis, he moved from Oregon Health & Science University to the University of Minnesota, began the Masonic Institute for […]

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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.


APRIL 23–26 • 2022


San Francisco - April 23-26, 2022

We invite you to join the CNS 2022, back in person in San Francisco, April 23-26, 2022. Check back on this site in fall 2021 for more information.

CNS Statement: Black Lives Matter

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 2021 Blog

Read coverage of the 28th CNS annual meeting, held virtually March 13-16, 2021.