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Annual Meeting of the International Society for Research on Impulsivity

The International Society for Research on Impulsivity (InSRI) convened its 2017 Annual Meeting on Wednesday, May 17, 2017, as a one-day satellite symposium to the Society of Biological Psychiatry at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront, San Diego, CA.

The meeting theme focused on:

Risky decision making and impulsivity: parallel, synergistic, or independent pathways to addiction and psychiatric disorders?

The objectives of the meeting were:

  1. To bring together scientists from multiple disciplines (preclinical and clinical neuroscience, psychiatry, psychology, and computational modeling) working in the area of impulsivity, risky decision making and addiction, in order to promote interdisciplinary dialog.
  2. To involve trainees and junior faculty in the meeting and encourage their future participation in research on impulsivity, risky decision making and addictions.
  3. To encourage increased participation of minority, disabled, and women scientists and clinicians in the area of impulsivity through participation in this meeting.


8:00am – 8:45am


8:45am – 9:00am

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Catharine Winstanley

9:00am – 10:30am

Computational methods for understanding impulsivity and decision making in addiction and across the lifespan

Chair: Jasmin Vassileva.

Cate Hartley – Changing computations in reinforcement learning from childhood to adulthood

Jerome Busemeyer – Computational modeling of decision making performance on the Cambridge gambling task with applications to heroin users

Woo-Young Ahn – Pushing the limits of Precision Medicine: Use of Bayesian adaptive design optimization leads to rapid, precise, and reliable estimates of delay discounting rates

11:00am – 12:30pm

How does risky decision making map onto the impulsivity construct in animal models?

Chair: Catharine Winstanley

Jeff Dalley – Deconstructing neural vulnerability mechanisms in addiction

Catharine Winstanley – Risk-preferring rats: just another subtype of impulsivity or a unique model of addiction risk?

Celeste Napier – Overlapping roles of D3 dopamine receptors in reward and risky decision-making

12:30pm – 2:00pm

Lunch Break

2:00pm – 3:30pm

Neuroimaging: insights into risky decision-making and addiction vulnerability

Chair: Jim Bjork.

Anna Konova – Longitudinal assessment of how risk shapes choice and neural subjective value signals in opioid addiction through treatment

Hugh Garavan – Individual differences and the STOP task: adaptive algorithm angst

Antoine Bechara – Structural and Functional Neural Recovery after Cocaine Long-Term Abstinence: Which impulsive mechanisms recover or do not recover?


4:00pm – 5:30pm

The many faces of addiction: dissociable or similar roles for risky decision making and impulsivity in chemical vs behavioural dependency disorders?

Chair: Gerry Moeller.

Sarah Yip – Brain basis of impulsivity in chemical and behavioral addictions

Eve Limbrick-Oldfield – fMRI investigations of impulsivity and cognitive distortions in gambling disorder

Valerie Voon – Risk is not just risk: deconstructing elements of risk taking and relevance across addictions

5:30pm – 5:45pm

Closing Remarks

6:00pm – 7:30pm

Poster Session


Woo-Young Ahn

Department of Psychology, Ohio State University

Antoine Bechara

Department of Psychology, University of Southern California

Jerome Busemeyer

Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Indiana University Bloomington

Jeff Dalley

Department of Psychiatry, Cambridge University

Hugh Garavan

Department of Psychiatry, University of Vermont

Cate Hartley

Department of Psychology, New York University

Anna Konova

Center for Neural Science, New York University

Eve Limbrick-Oldfield

Department of Psychology, University of British Columbia

Celeste Napier

Department of Psychiatry, Rush University

Valerie Voon

Department of Psychiatry, Cambridge University

Catharine Winstanley

Department of Psychology, University of British Columbia

Sarah Yip

Department of Psychiatry, Yale University

Meeting Loation:

Hilton San Diego Bayfront
1 Park Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92101

Organizing Committee:

Catharine Winstanley – University of British Columbia – Vancouver
James M. Bjork – Virginia Commonwealth University
Jasmin Vassileva – Virginia Commonwealth University
F. Gerard Moeller – Virginia Commonwealth University
Marc N. Potenza – Yale School of Medicine
Alan C. Swann – Baylor College of Medicine
Charles W. Mathias – University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio