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2009 Summer Institute in Cognitive Neuroscience

University of California, Santa Barbara - Santa Barbara, CA

 

 

Are humans fundamentally different from other animals? -- WEEK 1
          (Course Director:  Leah Krubitzer)
 
Monday, June 22, 2009 -- What makes us uniquely human?
8:30 Breakfast
9:00 Introduction – Leah Krubitzer
9:15 Can race be erased? The evolutionary psychology of  human coalitional alliances -- Leda Cosmides (UCSB)
10:45 Break
11:00 Human Morality -- Joshua Greene (Harvard)
12:30 Lunch
2:00  FMRI labs -- Mike Miller (UCSB)
5:00 Adjourn 


Tuesday, June 23, 2009 -- What is the Human Mind Anyway?
8:30 Breakfast
9:00 Escaping the Present: The unique Capacity of the Human Mind to Wander -- Jonathan Schooler (UCSB)
10:30 Break
11:00 The multiplicity of self:  Neuropsychological evidence and its implication for the self as a construct in psychological research -- Stanley Klein (UCSB)
12:30 Lunch 
2:00 Clinical Case Studies & Videos -- Bob Rafal 
5:00 Adjourn 


Wednesday, June 24, 2009 -- All the “human” things that animals can do
8:30 Breakfast
9:00 The Mind of a Chimp -- Daniel Povinelli (University of Louisiana)
10:30  Break
11:00  The oldest numbers in the world -- Jessica Cantlon (Duke University)
12:30 Lunch
2:00 Brain Dissection Lab-Bio Lab -- Scott Grafton (UCSB), Robert Rafal, Harker Rhodes, Mark D’Esposito, Skirmantas Janusonis
5:00 Adjourn 


Thursday, June 25, 2009
8:30 Breakfast
9:00 The embodied nature of primate communication: ontogenetic, phylogenetic and neurobiological evidence -- Asif Ghazanfar (Princeton University)
          How and why our brains got bigger
11:00  The evolution of the human brain. How our brains got bigger and more complex. -- Jon Kaas (Vanderbilt University)
12:30 Lunch
2:00  Probing the genetic basis of human brain evolution -- Eric Vallender (Harvard University)
3:15 Break
3:30 Human Neuropathology -- Scott Grafton, MD (UCSB), Robert Rafal, Skirmantas Janusonis, Mark D’Esposito, Harker Rhodes

 
Friday, June 26, 2009 -- Plasticity within and across lifetimes:  How species differences emerge
8:30 Breakfast
9:00 Cortical plasticity in mammals -- Gregg Recanzone (UC Davis)
10:30 Break
11:00 "Human Brain Specializations:  The Very Idea" -- Todd Preuss (Emory University)
12:30 Lunch
          One law, many laws or none
2:00 Extrapolating across brains:  One law, many laws or none -- Georg Striedter (UC Irvine)
3:30 Debate on the fundamental similarities and differences between humans and other animals
5:00 Adjourn
6:00 BBQ Goleta Beach

 

 

Individuality -- WEEK 2
          (Course Director: Michael Miller)
 
Monday, June 29, 2009   
8:00 Breakfast
9:00 Introduction – Michael Miller
9:15 Why are individual differences important? -- Alan Kingstone (U. British Columbia)
10:45 Break
11:00  Individual differences in memory capacity and attentional control -- Ed Vogel (U. Oregon)
12:30 Lunch
2:00 Lab in fMRI -- Michael Miller (UCSB), Jack Van Horn (UCLA)
6:00 Adjourn
 
Tuesday, June 30, 2009 
8:00 Breakfast
9:00 The cognitive neuroscience of psychopathic traits – who has them and what does it mean? -- Kent Kiehl (U. of New Mexico)
10:30 Break
11:00 Sources of Inter- and Intra-Individual Variability in fMRI -- Michael Miller (UCSB)
12:30 Lunch
2:00 Lab in fMRI/Genetics
6:00 Adjourn
 
Wednesday, July 1, 2009 
8:00 Breakfast
9:00 Human white matter pathway development: Connections to cognition -- Brian Wandell (Stanford)
10:30  Break
11:00   Individual differences in the cortical organization of language and memory from the perspective of intraoperative mapping. -- George Ojemann (Univ. of Washington.) 
12:30 Lunch
2:00 Lab in fMRI/Genetics 
5:00 Adjourn 


Thursday, July 2, 2009
8:00 Breakfast
9:00  Autism and the complex genetics of human higher cognition -- Dan Geschwind (UCLA)
10:30 Break 
11:00 Genetic dissection of ACC function in the development of attention networks -- John Fossella (Mount Sinai) 
12:30 Lunch
2:00 Lab in fMRI/Genetics 
5:00 Break
5:30 Debate: universality versus individuality? 


Friday, July 3, 2009  
8:00 Breakfast
9:00 Jim Haxby (Dartmouth)
10:30 Break
11:00 Predicting individual differences in perceptual performance from neural activity -- Miguel Eckstein (UCSB)
12:30 Lunch
2:00 Fellow Presentations
4:00 Adjourn
6:00 Dinner at the Faculty Club

 

 

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Our Summer Institute in Cognitive Neuroscience is supported by NIMH, NIDA and the Kavli Foundation