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For more than a century, cognitive scientists and neuroscientists have been trying to understand the properties of selective attention and its underlying functional and neural mechanisms. But because attention is a complex and multi-faceted phenomenon it has resisted simple definitions or explanations. A key function of attention is to direct the limited computational resources of the cognitive system to the potentially relevant objects in the external world. To explore and discuss this topic, this year the workshop will focus on Attention and Objects.

The workshop differs from larger conferences in so far as there are a small number of speakers (all invited) and there are no concurrent talks. In addition to the individual talks, there will be a poster session for students, post-docs and young researchers to present their work. 

The workshop will run from 8 am of Thursday, October 27th  to 1 pm of Saturday, October 29th 2011.


Click here to read the workshop programme and here to see the brochure. The poster session programme is available here and in the Download Box on the right.

Invited speakers

George Alvarez - Harvard University
Gustavo Deco - Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Lisa Feigenson - Johns Hopkins University
Pascal Fries - Ernst Strüngmann Institute and Max Planck Society
Ruth Kimchi - University of Haifa
Ernst Niebur - Johns Hopkins University
Chris Olivers - VU University
Stefan Treue - German Primate Center, Goettingen
Jeremy Wolfe - Brigham & Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School

How to reach us

The venue of the workshop is Palazzo Istruzione (also called Palazzo Piomarta) at the Facoltà di Scienze Cognitive, Corso Bettini 84, just five minutes walking from the train station. Look  the red and white square in this Google Map. For all the necessary info to get to Rovereto, click here



Scientific committee

Palazzo Istruzione, Corso Bettini 84, Rovereto, Italy

October 27th – 29th 2011

Registrations are CLOSED!
For further information, please write to



Conference Office

Alessia La Micela
Corso Bettini 31 - 38068 Rovereto (TN), Italy
tel. +39 0464 808615; fax +39 0464 80 8654