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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.

Hotel Reservations


Hotel room reservations may be made at The Westin Bonaventure Hotel and Suites.

Located: 404 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90071



The hotel is offering a special room rates to all attendees of the ESCoNS meeting.

  • $189 single/double
  • $209 for three
  • $229 for four



For Reservation Assistance

Within the U.S. & Canada, please call 1-213-624-1000. The hotel reservation deadline is February 20, 2013.


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Our freshly renovated Los Angeles hotel accommodations include 1,354 guest rooms and suites, all with floor-to-ceiling windows for dazzling downtown views. Awake at your best after a night in our Heavenly® Beds and rejuvenate with a Heavenly® Bath experience in our oversized bathrooms, featuring dual showerheads, soaking tubs, glass enclosed showers, and spa-like bath amenities. Channel your energy in our WestinWORKOUT® fitness facility, or head to LA Prime restaurant on our 35th floor for delectable steaks and seafood, prepared in fresh, traditional ways amidst elegant décor and city lights.



Restful renewal and uninterrupted productivity are always at hand at The Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites, Los Angeles. Relax on our lushly landscaped pool deck and enjoy the chic outdoor swimming pool surrounded by the glittering downtown skyline. Or experience our WestinWORKOUT® Gym—including an indoor jogging track. The on-site FedEx Office allows travelers with tasks to complete to keep the big picture in sight at all times. After your work is done, take a deep breath at our sleek BonaVista Lounge, the site of unwind…a Westin evening ritual(SM). Superb wine specials complement the stunning views of the lounge as day turns to night.



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