Pavlovian Society 2009 Annual Meeting

the audience during two days of talks The audience during two days of talks

The Biobehavioral Cluster of UVM's Psychology Department hosted the annual meeting of the Pavlovian Society October 29-31, 2009. The Pavlovian Society is an organization devoted to research on the behavioral and neurobiological aspects of learning and memory. The meeting was attended by about 120 senior researchers, postdocs, graduate students, and undergraduates from around the world (United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, Germany, and the Netherlands).

Mark Bouton, UVM Professor of Psychology, was the organization's President in 2008-2009. He and several other faculty (especially John Green and Jom Hammack) and graduate students (especially Kim Rhodes, Travis Todd, and Drina Vurbic) in the department's biobehavioral cluster organized the meeting.

Professor Mark Bouton Professor Mark Bouton

The program featured a number of invited talks by leading researchers in behavioral neuroscience (a program is attached). There were also several invited symposia on hot topics in the field, including Amnesia and Reconsolidation, Neural Systems in Habit Learning, New Frontiers in Studying Habituation, and Pavlovian Influences on Food Intake. There was a poster session in which many UVM biobehavioral graduate students presented their research. And the banquet held on the final night (Halloween) featured a talk by Bernd Heinrich, UVM Professor Emeritus of Biology and a distinguished behavioral ecologist, on Learning vs. Knowing: Bumblebees and Ravens.

Lake Champlain The meeting was held at the Burlington Hilton Hotel, on the waterfront in downtown Burlington, and attendees were able to investigate Burlington's vibrant restaurant scene. That, coupled with the natural scenery and the high-quality scientific program, meant that a good time was had by all.

The next meeting of the Pavlovian Society will be held in Baltimore during October 2010.

Additional Photos

Professor Jom Hammack with Jasper

Michael Fanselow and Mark Bouton
Professor Donna Toufexis & Travis Todd

UVM Biobehavioral students in the crowd
Alumnus Byron Nelson explains some finer points

John Pearce
Clockwise, top left: Allan Wagner, Anthony Dickinson,
Ralph Miller, Lorraine Allan, and Shepard Siegel
All photos courtesy Jeff Wilson