A Symposium on Cognitive and Motor Processes in Spatial Attention: 11th & 12th July 2019

As part of our Open Research Area grant “Control of Attention by the Motor System: A Motor Bias Theory of Attention” we invite you to participate in a workshop exploring interactions between attention, working memory and motor control.


Spatial attention can be oriented independently of the direction of gaze, but the neural and cognitive mechanisms governing this ‘covert’  orienting are controversial. A widely held view is that orienting of attention depends on the programming of eye-movements (e.g. Klein’s Oculomotor Readiness Hypothesis and Rizzolatti’s Premotor Theory), but recent work has challenged this view. There is evidence that the orienting of attention may be guided by a number of different, interacting processes including working memory and motor control.  The purpose of this workshop is to provide scholars with a forum for an exciting discussion of how different cognitive and motor systems interact to guide spatial attention.  The program includes keynote lectures from award winning scientists Prof Marisa Carrasco and Prof Christian Olivers and talks from leading early and mid career scholars in the field. There will also be a two hour poster & networking session on day 1, in which delegates are encouraged to present their own research, and an optional dinner at St Hild & St Bede College.


Thursday the 11th and Friday the 12th of July 2019. The meeting will begin at lunchtime on the 11th and close early afternoon on the 12th.


The workshop, kindly supported by the NWO, the ESRC and the DfG, will be held on the Campus of Durham University, a world-class university, situated in Durham City, a World Heritage site.


Keynote talks will be given by

There will also talks by other leading scholars, including:

Click to view with Draft Programme


There is a small registration fee of £20 for the meeting only or £50 for meeting & social dinner. The fee includes wine & nibbles during poster session, lunch on the 12th, and coffee breaks on both days. If you would like to present a poster at the meeting please send a title and 150 word abstract to Dan Smith (Daniel.smith2@durham.ac.uk). Posters should be in portrait format.

The deadline for registration & abstract submission has been EXTENDED TO SUNDAY 30th JUNE: Click HERE to register


You can book great value accommodation in Stephenson College when you register (under the Accommodation tab in the registration page). Stephenson College is 10-15 minutes walk from the meeting venue and Bed & Continental Breakfast is just £38.33. There are also many other reasonably priced hotels and B&B’s in Durham.


By Air:

The closest airport is Newcastle International Airport (approx. 25 miles). There are several flights everyday from/to London Heathrow, Paris, Amsterdam, Southampton, Bristol etc…

From the airport, you can take public transport to reach Durham University. The easiest way is to first take the metro to Newcastle Central Station (around 25 minutes) and then take the train to Durham. Both the Transpennine Express to Manchester Airport and the CrossCountry to Reading stop in Durham.

By Train:

It will take you approx. 30 minutes to walk from the train station to the University (approx. 1.5 miles). If you have time and not too much luggage, it is worth walking it as you will be able to (re)discover Durham city center and walk by the river Wear.

You can also take the bus (approx. 25 minutes), either number 6 (stop at “South Road colleges”) or number 56 (stop at “Church Street”).



Meanwhile, if you have any questions do not hesitate to drop us an email via the contact form or email us:  Daniel.smith2@durham.ac.uk

We are looking forward to seeing you in Durham!

The Motor Bias Project Team

A view from Durham Cathedral and Castle at night.


Durham University main campus.


The workshop venue: the Calman Learning Center.


Dinner venue – The Joachim Room in St Hild and St Bede College


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