Invited Symposia

Consciousness and Self: Levels, Limits, and the Spontaneous Brain

Chair: Timothy LaneDirector, Brain and Consciousness Research Center, Taipei Medical University-Shuang Ho Hospital

Speakers:

Changwei W. Wu, Associate Professor, Taipei Medical University-Shuang Ho Hospital

Philip Tseng, Associate Professor, Taipei Medical University-Shuang Ho Hospital

Niall Duncan, Assistant Professor, Taipei Medical University-Shuang Ho Hospital

Hsu Tzu-Yu, Assistant Professor, Taipei Medical University-Shuang Ho Hospital

Timothy Lane, Professor, Taipei Medical University-Shuang Ho Hospital

For two decades cognitive neuroscience and philosophy have been collaborating, seeking to make progress in understanding the nature of self and consciousness.  One of the principal points of shared interest is how to make investigation of these phenomena empirically tractable.  Our symposium will both serve to highlight this collaboration and to provide a progress report concerning some specific investigations.  The symposium will treat neuronal investigations of levels of consciousness, self-consciousness, quasi-consciousness in memory, consciousness in conflict detection, and disorders of consciousness.

Social Cognitive and Social Neuroscience: Insights from Animal and Human Studies

Chair: Wen-Sung Lai, Professor, National Taiwan University

Speakers:

Larry Young, Professor, Emory University

Shu-Chen Li, Professor, Dresden University of Technology

Ya-Wei Cheng, Professor, National Yang-Ming University

Wen-Sung Lai, Professor, National Taiwan University

The last decade has witnessed exceptional convergence between the social sciences and the neurosciences resulting in several intriguing new research fields including social cognition and social neuroscience. It has become increasingly apparent that the brain cannot be considered as an isolated entity, without consideration of the influences from other individual and social environments. This symposium shows how researches using neuroscientific approaches contribute insights and answers to the understanding of social cognition and social neuroscience in both humans and animals.

Perception and Media Technology

Chair: Su-Ling Yeh, Professor, National Taiwan University

Speakers:

Yi-Ping Hung, Professor, National Taiwan University

Shao-Yi Chien, Professor, National Taiwan University

Polly Huang, Professor, National Taiwan University

Su-Ling Yeh, Professor, National Taiwan University

This symposium shows how researchers apply human perception and user experience to media technology such as virtual reality, image processing, three-dimensional modelling, and voice transmission processing. Through the interdisciplinary approach, it is expected to see creative uses of media technology to enhance our perceptual experience and maintain a well-balanced healthy life.

Language Experience and Neuroplasticity Across Lifespan

Chair: Chia-Ying Lee, Research Fellow, Institute of Linguistics, Academia Sinica

Speakers:

Denise Hsien Wu, Professor, Graduate Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, National Central University

Ping Li, Professor, Department of Psychology & Center for Brain, Behavior, and Cognition, Pennsylvania State University

Chia-Lin Lee, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, National Taiwan University

Chia-Ying Lee, Research Fellow, Institute of Linguistics, Academia Sinica

Brain is our most fascinating organ which undergoes functional and structural renovation to adapt the changing world throughout life. Meanwhile, language is the most remarkable ability for human being to interact with the world. This symposium will take language as the core ability, to discuss how functional and structural changes take places in the brain as results of ones’ age, learning experience with first and second languages, language-specific characteristics, and individual differences on other cognitive function.


Mathematical Cognition and the Brain

Chairs:

Brian Butterworth, Professor, University College of London, Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience

Nai-Shing Yen, Professor, National Chengchi University

Speakers:

Denise Wu, Professor, National Central University

Xinlin Zhou, Professor, Beijing Normal University

Carlo Semenza, Professor, University of Padova

Ting-Ting Chang, Assistant Professor, National Chengchi University

Brian Butterworth, Professor, University College of London, Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience

Pekka Räsänen, Professor, Niilo Mäki Institute

The last five years have seen major advances in the neurobiological basis of mathematical cognition, especially of processes involved in numbers and arithmetic. The neural networks involved have been studied in much greater detail using new brain imaging methods, and the genetic basis of numerical competences have been explored in studies of twins, families, individuals with genetic anomalies and in potentially ancestral versions we share with other species. The knowledge acquired in these ways can help us understand individual differences in mathematical competencies. This in turn can help us design learning contexts for individual learners, and to integrate the basic science into educational policy.


Neural Mechanisms for Context-Dependent Preferences

Chair: Shih-Wei Wu, Associate Professor, National Yang-Ming University

Speakers:

Jian Li, Professor, Peking University

Xinying Cai, Professor, NYU Shanghai

Hiroyuki Nakahara, Ph.D., RIKEN Brain Science Institute

Hackjin Kim, Associate Professor, Korea University

Recent advances in neuroeconomics have begun to reveal how valuation is shaped by context at the algorithmic and implementation levels. However, context effect in the form of environmental, social, and cultural influences remain largely unknown. This symposium seeks to integrate efforts to understand the impact of contexts from these levels on the neural computations for choice.


Online Submission Registration Conference Program

 Important Dates

Submissions Open:
December 10, 2016

Symposia submissions due:
March 1, 2017

Abstract submissions due:
April 10, 2017

Authors will be notified of decisions by:
May 9-11, 2017

Registration open:
May 10, 2017

Conference:
September 1-3, 2017