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Interdisciplinary Advances in Statistical Learning 2017 28th Jun. - 30th Jun.

Interdisciplinary Advances in Statistical Learning 2017

We are pleased to announce the International Conference on Interdisciplinary Advances in Statistical Learning (#StatLearnBCBL), which will take place in Bilbao, Spain June 28-30, 2017.

The conference will discuss statistical learning and its underlying mechanisms from behaviour to neuroscience, in various domains such as language, music, vision, and audition, with data from adult participants, development, individual differences, computational modeling, and non-human species.

The conference will include invited speakers, regular talks, panel discussions, and poster sessions.


  • Jenny Saffran, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
  • Sharon Thompson-Schill, University of Pennsylvania
  • Simon Kirby, University of Edinburgh
  • Michael C. Frank, Stanford University



BCBL - Basque Center on Cognition, Brain and Language.


Abstract deadline: March 3rd, 2017.
Notification of abstract acceptance: March 20th, 2017.
Early registration deadline: April 10th, 2017.
Online registration deadline: May 14th, 2017.
Conference dates: June 28-30, 2017.






We have scheduled 20 minutes for the talks including 5 minutes for discussion.

In order to make sure that the oral sessions run on time, we would like to ask everyone to send their slides for the presentations in advance so that
we can set up shared laptops for this purpose.

The two laptops have the following configurations:

- LAPTOP_1: MS Windows10 Pro, MS Office Standard 2013, Adobe Acrobat Reader DC 2017.009.20044, VLC 2.2.4
- LAPTOP_2: Mac OSX 10.11.6 El Capitan, MS Office 2011 for Mac , KeyNote 6.5.3, Adobe Acrobat Reader DC 2017.009.20044, VLC 2.2.4, Quicktime 10.4.

Please upload your presentation using the following Link:

Please name the presentation according to the oral session the presentation is for (e.g.: OS-2.3 for Oral Session 2, third presentation). The
presentations will be loaded in both computers.

Also note that during the registration, coffee and lunch breaks, presenters will be able to test their presentations for the upcoming session.

Poster dimensions


Participants are requested to design posters (portrait) with the following dimensions:

- Maximum poster height: 120 cm

- Maximum poster width: 90 cm

Each poster will be given a unique number which correspond to the poster panel.

Notification of acceptance



Due to the extended deadline for abstract submission, the notification of acceptance will be confirmed by April 4.

The abstract submission deadline has been extended again


The abstract submission deadline has been extended again until 13rd of March 2017 ( UTC/GMT +1 h)

Special Issue Resulting from Previous SL conference


Special Issue Resulting from Previous SL conference (#StatLearnBCBL):

We are pleased to announce that early online access is now available for a special issue on New Frontiers for Statistical Learning in the Cognitive Sciences [B. C. Armstrong, R. Frost, & M. H. Christiansen, Eds.], which will appear in print in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London: Biological Sciences, in January.

Overview of the Issue:

Two decades ago, statistical learning (SL) was proposed as a powerful domain-general mechanism for processing a wide range of regularities. However, because of its rather narrow focus, SL research has largely failed to deliver on the wide-reaching promise of SL as a theoretical construct. This is mainly due to SL being investigated largely a separate ability, isolated from other aspects of cognition. This theme issue fosters a transition to studying statistical learning as an integral part of different cognitive systems, taking into consideration complementary perspectives from neurobiology, computation, development and evolutionary studies. This collection of work by international leaders from a range of disciplines shows that statistical learning is not simply learning to accurately represent the regularities of the environment. Rather it is a product of the complex interaction between environmental statistics, the neurocomputational principles of the cognitive systems in which learning takes place, and pre-existing biases due to previous experience and/or architectural constraints of the brain. This new perspective will enable statistical learning to impact a broad range of theories related to language, vision, audition, memory and social behaviour.

The full introduction to the special issue and a synopsis of the 13 articles in the theme issues is available at:


Table of Contents:

The neurobiology of uncertainty: implications for statistical learning

Uri Hasson

Complementary learning systems within the hippocampus: a neural network modelling approach to reconciling episodic memory with statistical learning

Anna C. Schapiro, Nicholas B. Turk-Browne, Matthew M. Botvinick, Kenneth A. Norman

Do infants retain the statistics of a statistical learning experience? Insights from a developmental cognitive neuroscience perspective

Rebecca L. Gómez

The multi-component nature of statistical learning

Joanne Arciuli

Towards a theory of individual differences in statistical learning

Noam Siegelman, Louisa Bogaerts, Morten H. Christiansen, Ram Frost

Real-world visual statistics and infants' first-learned object names

Elizabeth M. Clerkin, Elizabeth Hart, James M. Rehg, Chen Yu, Linda B. Smith

Statistical learning in songbirds: from self-tutoring to song culture

Olga Fehér, Iva Ljubičić, Kenta Suzuki, Kazuo Okanoya, Ofer Tchernichovski

The impact of cerebellar transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) on learning fine-motor sequences

Renee E. Shimizu, Allan D. Wu, Jasmine K. Samra, Barbara J. Knowlton

What's statistical about learning? Insights from modelling statistical learning as a set of memory processes

Erik D. Thiessen

TRACX2: a connectionist autoencoder using graded chunks to model infant visual statistical learning

Denis Mareschal, Robert M. French

Abstraction and generalization in statistical learning: implications for the relationship between semantic types and episodic tokens

Gerry T. M. Altmann

Language learning, language use and the evolution of linguistic variation

Kenny Smith, Amy Perfors, Olga Fehér, Anna Samara, Kate Swoboda, Elizabeth Wonnacott

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