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March 15-17, 2013

USC School of Cinematic Arts, University of Southern California, Los Angeles

Hosted by: The Interactive Media Division USC Game Innovation Lab



In the 10 months since the first hugely successful ESCoNS meeting, the field has begun to gather momentum.  In addition to several unique collaborations generated among ESCoNS attendees:

  • In March, the international science journal “Nature” ran a feature story on the recently initiated FDA trial for cognitive training software in schizophrenia.

  • In April, NIMH sponsored a 2-day workshop on “Cognitive Training in Mental Disorders: Advancing the Science.”

In the past 2 months, NIMH has announced two RFAs relevant to the goals of ESCoNS:

  • R34/R01- “Harnessing Advanced Health Technologies to Drive Mental Health Improvement”.

  • SBIR RFA – “Clinical Neuroscience and Entertainment Software Pilot Partnership Program to Develop Neuropsychiatric Interventions.”

In August 2012, the White House sponsored a small conference on this emerging field, organized by Daphne Bavelier, Richie Davidson, Laird Malamed, and Shawn Green. We’ll have active discussions about all of these new developments, and more, at ESCoNS 2.  Stay tuned for details about the ESCoNS 2 agenda, and if you have any exciting ideas for the meeting, please let us know.

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