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Chen, Simon - Write Up

2009 Round 2
Conference: Society of Neuroscience 2009, Chicago, IL

Oct 17-21, 2009, Chicago was my third time attending the society of neuroscience (SfN) conference, and I was still thrilled to see over 30,000 neuroscientists from all over the world gathered together to exchange ideas and network with others. This year’s program included a panel of excellent keynote and guest speakers. One interesting session that surprised me was called: “Magic, the brain and the mind”. This lecture attempted to connect neuroscience and society. A few years ago, they invited the Dalai Lama to give a lecture at the meeting. This year, they invited two magicians to show us how attention, memory, and perception inform the art and practice of illusion and magic. It was a really interesting demonstration that linked basic short-term memory encoding with perception and memory illusion. The presidential special lectures featured many outstanding and well-known researchers such as Dr. Richard Morris (inventor of the Morris Water Maze Task, a test for spatial memory), and Dr. Eric Kandel (recipient of the 2000 Nobel Prize in Medicine for his research on the molecular basis of memory storage in neurons). The most important thing for me from this meeting is that I gave a presentation in a nanosymposium this year. It was a 15-minute long talk, and a great opportunity to present my work at an international joint meeting. It was also my first time speaking at an international meeting, so it was quite intimidating. However, I got over the feelings of intimidation quickly and gave a pretty good presentation at the end.


International Award Winners: Faradaji, F., Gaudet, A., Hewapathirane, S., Inskip, J., Mikhail, D., Mills, P., Ramer, L., Simonette, G., Yiu, J.., Zwicker, J.
National Award Winners: Beirnes, K., Bundon, A., Hume, A., Lige, S., Schiarti, V.