Meetings/Workshops on Psychology in Italy

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1.
 
The Neural Framework of Moral Cognition
ID
860122
Dates
10 Jun 2017 - 17 Jun 2017
Location
Siena, Italy
Abstract
Neurobiological investigation over the last decades has effectively approached the field of moral cognition. The roles of oxytocin, vasopressin, and endogenous opiods on the basic motivational organization for sociality has been extensively studied, revealing a very specific neural organization underlying attachment between parents and offspring, between mates, and among friends. Furthermore, studies on reinforcement learning pointed to the coordinated role of basal ganglia and frontal cortex in the internalization of values, their strong association with emotions, and their role in planning and decision-making. During this Advanced Course the most recent studies on the emerging field of the neural framework for moral cognition will be critically discussed and analyzed.
Contact
Francesca Martini;     Phone: [+39.0577.146.0003];     Email: info@nsas.it
2.
 
Social and Cognitive Neuroscience of Thought
ID
860187
Dates
24 Jun 2017 - 01 Jul 2017
Location
Siena, Italy
Abstract
This Advanced Course will focus on applying cutting-edge neuroscience approaches to fundamental questions about the human mind. Historically, many important advances in neuroscience have come from highly invasive studies of model animals, including rodents and monkeys. However, fascinating aspects of human psychology and cognition cannot be recreated in animal models, including language, morality, social group interactions, and complex decision making. Over the past five years, new experimental designs and analysis techniques have dramatically increased the power of noninvasive neuroimaging in humans to address these questions directly. The Advanced Course will cover: 1) how richly structured knowledge about the environment is acquired, and used to guide adaptive behavior; 2) the role of early experience in structuring concepts of events, objects and other people; 3) how people balance their internal perspective with the social context of other people; 4) how persuasive message and ideas spread across people and affect behavior; 5) how decision making is affected by social and societal context; 6) how people balance selfish and moral motivations in social decision making; and 7) how group membership and prejudice lead to failures of empathy, dehumanization, and misunderstanding of other people. The Faculty will focus on cutting edge techniques for integrating behavioral, computational, and machine learning approaches with neuroimaging of the human brain.
Contact
Francesca Martini;     Phone: [+39.0577.146.0003];     Email: info@nsas.it
3.
 
Sleep and Cognition
ID
860174
Dates
08 Jul 2017 - 15 Jul 2017
Location
Siena, Italy
Abstract
This Advanced Course will cut across multiple fields of sleep studies and will feature dedicated sessions addressing important emerging areas. Emphasis will be placed on cutting-edge methods and hypotheses for understanding sleep and its effects on cognitive functions, and on how neurophysiological/genetic/imaging approaches can shed light on the functions of sleep and its essential role in maintaining and preserving vigilance, performance, learning and memory. Some of the topics that will be covered include the following: 1) the link between sleep and brain plasticity, with in depth discussion of the ultrastructural, molecular, electrophysiological and behavioral evidence linking synaptic plasticity and learning during wake with sleep need; 2) the discovery of novel brain circuits and cell types involved in sleep regulation; 3) the role of sleep in learning, memory consolidation as well as forgetting; 4) the effects of sleep loss on brain cognitive functions and how these effects depend on a complex interaction between homeostatic and circadian factors; 5) sleep and dreaming, and how the application of new behavioral paradigms and high-density EEG can contribute to the understanding of the occurrence of conscious experiences during sleep. The course will be an interactive, multidisciplinary forum in which participants will discard outdated notions, gain an appreciation for the latest thinking, and develop insights that will help navigate the complexity of sleep research.
Contact
Francesca Martini;     Phone: [+39.0577.146.0003];     Email: info@nsas.it
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Last updated: 21 December 2016