The field of Amygdala research has been thriving in recent years, with noteworthy growth in our understanding of its function. This year's meeting will continue to include research in human, non-human primate, and rodent models and will celebrate diversity in every sense. The program will feature: diverse research levels (anatomy, in vivo neural dynamics, optogenetics, chemogenetics, computation, functional imaging, molecular/genetic profiling and of course behavior), diverse functions (innate and learned behaviors ranging from fear, anxiety, reward, valence processing, social cognition, and more), and a diversity of speakers. Towards this goal, we hope to integrate the many facets of Amygdala Function and facilitate cross-pollination across subfields.
The conference will consist of nine sessions, on the topics listed below. The conference chair is currently developing their preliminary program, which will include the names of the invited speakers and discussion leaders for each of these sessions. The preliminary program will be available by October 15, 2018. Please check back for updates.
- Keynote Session: Emotional Memories
- Homeostatic Needs in the Amygdala
- Computational Processes in the Amygdala
- Fear, Anxiety and PTSD
- Amygdala Macrocircuitry: Distributed Connections
- Social Cognition and Social Interaction
- Pain and Stress
- Valence Processing
- Addiction, Reward and Reinforcement