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Workshop Memory consolidation and word learning

Talks will address a wide range of topics in memory consolidation in children and adults, with a focus on language learning.

Invited speakers are Asaf Gilboa (Baycrest), Gareth Gaskell (York), Rebecca Gómez (Arizona), Anna Weighall (Leeds), Bob McMurray (Iowa), Mike Page (Hertfordshire), Penny Lewis (Manchester), and Guillén Fernández (Nijmegen).

We invite anyone working on memory and/or language learning to present a poster on Monday. If you would like to present, please indicate this in your registration e-mail. We will contact you in February for a title if you do not have one at the moment.

 There will be a workshop dinner in the city centre on Monday, for which you are very welcome to join (at your own cost). When registering please let us know if you would like to attend dinner and if you have any dietary restrictions. Please note that there will be coffee and tea during the workshop, but lunch will not be provided.

If you are interested in attending, please register before February 20th by e-mailing us at There is no registration fee.


Monday, March 9

09.20 – 09.30      Welcome

09.30 – 10.20      Gareth Gaskell
Levels of automaticity in new vocabulary learning

10.20 – 11.10      Mike Page & Louisa Bogaerts
Immediate serial recall, Hebb effects, and word learning: consolidating, and
conSOLIDating, a unified account

 11.10 – 11.40      Coffee break

11.40 – 12.30      Bob McMurray
The immediate plasticity of intra-lexical inhibition: New data and new thoughts on lexical integration and consolidation

12.30 – 13.30      Lunch break

13.30 – 14.30      Poster session

14.30 – 15.20      Penny Lewis
Sleep, memory consolidation, and schema formation

15.20 – 15.50      Coffee break

15.50 – 16.40      Asaf Gilboa
Neocortical plasticity associated with fast-mapping: Evidence from lesion and
neuroimaging investigations

16.40 – 17.30      Guillén Fernández
Probing schematic representations

19.00                     Dinner at De Waagh, Grote Markt 26

Tuesday, March 10

09.00 – 09.50      Iske Bakker
Memory formation and integration operate in parallel during initial encoding of
novel words

 09.50 – 10.40      Atsuko Takashima
Consolidation of novel word representation in young adults and children

10.40 – 11.10      Coffee break

11.10 – 12.00      Anna Weighall
The bedtime story effect: The role sleep and semantic training in vocabulary learning

12.00 – 12.50      Rebecca Gómez
Sleep as a window into the neural underpinnings of word learning in early development

 12.50 – 13.00      Closing


Where and when:
Mar 9-10, 2015
MPI Conference room 163
Iske Bakker
James McQueen

Street address
Wundtlaan 1
6525 XD Nijmegen
The Netherlands

Mailing address
P.O. Box 310
6500 AH Nijmegen
The Netherlands

Phone:   +31-24-3521911
Fax:        +31-24-3521213

Public Outreach Officer
Charlotte Horn