Hi, Berkeley cognitive science readers, and welcome to a new decade.
Two weeks from now, on Saturday, January 16, 2010, UC Berkeley is
hosting the Ninth International Conference on Neuroesthetics.
The theme is "Time and Timing in the Brain".
The conference is FREE! and open to the public.
These Neuroesthetics conferences are held every year in January at the
Berkeley Art Museum theater. I've been to most of them, and the
speakers have included leaders in their fields. Most of the
presentations are pitched at a level a bit higher than at Wonderfest
(for those who attended that).
Rafael N??ez will be one of the speakers this year, talking
about his findings on "the embodied nature of human abstraction",
which we discussed when we read Pinker's The Stuff of Thought. It was
N??ez whose fieldwork found that the Aymara people of the Andes
conceive of the past as being "in front", and the future "behind".
Other speakers include a philosopher, an artist, and neuroscientists.
08:00 - 08:55 Name Badges available at Registration Desk
09:00 - 09:05 Welcome by Elwin Marg (UC Berkeley)
09:05 - 09:20 Introduction by Semir Zeki (University College London)
09:20 - 10:10 Bernhard Staresina (NYU and Bonn)
Building memories across temporal gaps
10:10 - 11:00 Thanos Siapas (Caltech)
Clocking the Brain's Memory-Making Circuits
11:00 - 11:20 Recess
11:20 - 12:10 John-Dylan Haynes (Leipzig and Berlin)
The transparent mind: Reading thoughts from human brain activity
12:10 - 13:00 Rafael N??ez (UCSD)
Making sense of time: The embodied nature of human abstraction
13:00 - 14:00 Lunch Recess
14:00 - 14:50 Reuben Heyday Margolin (local artist)
14:50 - 15:40 Barry Dainton (Liverpool)
Time, Change, and the Structure of Immediate Experience
15:40 - 16:00 Recess
16:00 - 16:50 Dean Buonomano (UCLA)
How does the brain tell time?
16:50 - 17:40 Christian Kluge (University College London)
Studying time in the Neurosciences: The conceptual framework
17:40 - 18:00 Discussion and Close of Meeting