CNS 2024 | The 30th Annual George A. Miller Prize in Cognitive Neuroscience (GAM)

Congratulations to Dr. Nadel our 2024 Annual George A. Miller Prize in Cognitive Neuroscience Awardee. Dr. Nadel will accept this prestigious award and deliver his lecture in Toronto, Canada, April of 2024 at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel.

'Hippocampus: Action at a Distance'

Lynn Nadel, Ph.D.

University of Arizona
Sunday April 14, 2024, 4:00- 5:00 pm, Ballroom Center + West

The hippocampal formation provides the core of a context-based memory system that enables actions at both spatial and temporal removes.  It does this by creating representations of context – what O'Keefe and I labelled 'cognitive maps', that are critical to acting at a distance.  Most simply, these internal maps allow organisms to act on the basis of entities (objects, people, goals, etc) that are at some distance, and not within visible, audible or olfactory range.  Context representations support environment re-identification, allowing animals to correctly link up information gathered in the same environment over multiple occasions separated by significant temporal gaps.  They support, as well, retrieval of contextually-appropriate knowledge, bringing information gathered in the past to bear on present behavior and future planning. My talk will review evidence in support of these assertions about the hippocampus, and consider various implications of its role in action at a distance.


Lynn Nadel is an American psychologist who is the Regents' Professor of psychology at the University of Arizona. Nadel specializes in memory, and has investigated the role of the hippocampus in memory formation. Together with John O'Keefe, he coauthored the influential 1978 book The Hippocampus as a Cognitive Map,[1] which defended the theory that the hippocampus learns and stores cognitive maps of portions of space. With Morris Moscovitch, he advanced the multiple trace theory that the hippocampus is always involved in storage and retrieval of episodic memory, but that semantic memory can be established in the neocortex.




About George A. Miller Prize in Cognitive Neuroscience

The George A. Miller Prize in Cognitive Neuroscience was established in 1995 by the Cognitive Neuroscience Society to honor the innovative scholarship of George A. Miller, whose many theoretical advances has so greatly influenced the discipline of cognitive neuroscience. The first ten years of the prize were funded by generous support from the James S. McDonnell Foundation.

The Prize shall be awarded to the nominee whose career is characterized by distinguished and sustained scholarship and research at the cutting-edge of their discipline and that has in the past, or has the potential in the future, to revolutionize cognitive neuroscience. Extraordinary innovation and high impact on international scientific thinking should be a hallmark of the recipient's work.

Each year a call for nominations for the George A. Miller Prize will be made to the membership of the society. The recipient of the prize will attend the annual meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society and deliver the George A. Miller lecture.

To submit your nomination, send an email to with the following information by
October 3, 2023.

  • The Nominee's name, affiliation and contact information.
  • A brief statement as to why you believe this person is deserving of this award.



Previous Winners of the George A. Miller Lectureship

2023 Sabine Kastner, M.D., Ph.D., Princeton University
2022 BJ Casey, Ph.D., Yale University
2021 Elizabeth Phelps, Ph.D., Harvard University
2020 Nancy Kanwisher, Ph.D, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2019 Earl K. Miller, Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2018 Elizabeth Spelke, Ph.D., Harvard University
2017 Dr. David Van Essen, Ph.D., Alumni Endowed Processor, Washington University in St Louis
2016 Brian Wandell, Ph.D., Isaac and Madeline Stein Family Professor
2015 Patricia Kuhl, Ph.D., University of Washington
2014 Jon Kaas, Ph.D., Vanderbilt University
2013 Fred Gage, Ph.D., The Salk Institute
2012 Eve Marder, Ph.D., Brandeis University
2011 Mortimer Mishkin, Ph.D., NIMH
2010 Steven Pinker, Ph.D., Harvard University
2009 Marcus Raichle, M.D., Washington University School of Medicine
2008 Anne Treisman, Ph.D., Princeton University
2007 Joaquin M. Fuster, Ph.D., University of California Los Angeles
2006 Steven A. Hillyard, Ph.D., University of California San Diego
2005 Leslie Ungerleider, Ph.D., National Institute of Mental Health
2004 Michael Posner, Ph.D., University of Oregon
2003 Michael Gazzaniga, Ph.D., Dartmouth College
2002 Daniel Kahneman, Ph.D., Princeton University
2001 William Newsome, Ph.D., Stanford University
2000 Patricia Churchland, Ph.D., University of California, San Diego
1999 Giacommo Rizzolatti, M.D., University of Parma, Italy
1998 Susan Carey, Ph.D., New York University
1997 Roger Shepard, Ph.D., Stanford University
1996 David Premack, Ph.D., CNRS, France
1995 David H. Hubel, M.D., Harvard Medical School



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