Annual Neuropsychology Day and Brenda Milner Lecture: Learning and Memory in the Human Brain (Virtual)


3801 University Street, QC, CA

The 22 Annual Neuropsychology Day and Brenda Milner Lecture honours the career and achievements of Dr. Milner, an eminent cognitive neuroscientist and pioneer of the discipline of neuropsychology. We are pleased to welcome Dr. John D.E. Gabrieli as the 22 Annual Brenda Milner Lecturer in Cognitive Neuroscience.  On Tuesday, May 25, 2021 at 4pm, Dr. Gabrieli will present "Learning and Memory in the Human Brain". Neuropsychology day will take place in 2021 exceptionally as a virtual event. 

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The scientific portion of the day will provide young scientists following in the footsteps of Brenda Milner an opportunity to share and shine a light on their work in cognitive neuroscience. Undergraduate students, graduate students and post-doctoral fellows are invited to present their work as posters, flash talks or to be viewed in our Gallery space.

SCIENTIFIC PRESENTATIONS: Do you want to expand your research network? We want to hear from you about your current projects at any stage: literature reviews, research questions, preliminary data, projects ‘in the making’! In this “pandemic edition” of the Brenda Milner Neuropsychology Day, our focus is to promote and enjoy interactions, to share information and to connect with the cognitive neuroscience community across Montreal and around the world. If you would like to present your research, please submit your abstract here. The deadline for submissions is February 28, 2021. Several prizes will be awarded.: 

The prizes include:

  • Top Abstracts - $250 for first place, $100 for up to 3 runners-up 
  • …plus more prizes for best talks and posters, judged at the event!
  • Prize-winners will also have the opportunity to participate in a virtual round-table discussion with invited speaker Dr. John Gabrieli and will be listed on the Brenda Milner Neuropsychology Day ‘Honour Roll'


Join us for a virtual celebration of the 22nd Annual Neuropsychology Day! While we are unable to gather in-person this year, we want to bring together members of our community for a night of fun, networking, and entertainment. The social will consist of a variety of events for all to enjoy, from trivia rooms and virtual lounges, to talent shows and cocktail competitions. Check out the event descriptions below for details on what’s being offered and how you can sign up to join the fun!

  • CogNeuro’s Got Talent! (sign-up to participate!) -Calling all performers to the virtual stage! Join us as we showcase some of the amazing talents hidden within our CogNeuro community. All talents and entertainers are welcome and encouraged to compete for a chance to win a $75 gift card. To view competition rules and register click here. Participants will be asked to perform their talent live for attendee voting. Deadline to signup: April 25th, 2021
  • Specialty Beverage Recipe Competition (sign-up to participate!) - Submit a cognitive neuroscience inspired beverage recipe for a chance to win a $75 gift card! Whether you fancy yourself a bit of an expert mixologist or if you need more inspiration to zhoosh up your drinks at home, this event is sure to be fun and entertaining! To view competition rules and register click here. Participants will be asked to make their beverage live for attendee voting. Deadline for submission: May 1, 2021
  • Trivia Room - Come and test your knowledge of all things pop-culture, Science, Montreal, etc. for the chance to win a $50 prize!
  • Game Room - Join us to play jackbox games!
  • Virtual Lounge Rooms - Looking for a relaxing atmosphere to chat among friends? This space is for attendees who want to continue to interact with colleagues and members of the wider cognitive neuroscience community in Montreal in a more informal setting. This virtual social event will be held via Zoom and attendees are welcome to rotate in and out of rooms at their own leisure. We look forward to “seeing” you there!


Brenda Milner’s seminal research has been foundational in our understanding of the organization of learning and memory in the human brain. I will summarize how subsequent research using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) has built upon that foundation. I will also review how fMRI has extended knowledge about how different structures within the medial temporal lobe contribute selectively to different aspects of memory, and about the variable developmental trajectories of different kinds of memory from childhood through adulthood.


Contact Information

Debbie Rashcovsky
Montreal Neurological Institute-Hospital
deborah.rashcovsky [at]
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