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 Abstract

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

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

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

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

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 Abstract

Shu-Chen Li, Professor, Dresden University of Technology

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

Wen-Sung Lai, Professor, National Taiwan University Abstract

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 Abstract

Shao-Yi Chien, Professor, National Taiwan University Abstract

Polly Huang, Professor, National Taiwan University Abstract

Su-Ling Yeh, Professor, National Taiwan University Abstract

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 Abstract

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

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

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

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 Abstract

Xinlin Zhou, Professor, Beijing Normal University Abstract

Carlo Semenza, Professor, University of Padova Abstract

Ting-Ting Chang, Assistant Professor, National Chengchi University Abstract

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

Pekka Räsänen, Professor, Niilo Mäki Institute Abstract

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 Abstract

Speakers:

Jian Li, Professor, Peking University Abstract

Xinying Cai, Professor, NYU Shanghai

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

Hackjin Kim, Associate Professor, Korea University Abstract

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.


Socio-cognitive neuroscience from self to culture

Chair: Keng-Chen Liang, Professor, National Taiwan University Abstract

Speakers:

Akihiko Nikkuni, Ph.D., Kyoto University  Abstract

Chien-Te Wu, Ph.D., National Taiwan University Abstract

Nobuhito Abe, Ph.D., Kyoto University Abstract

Bo-Cheng Kuo, Ph.D., National Taiwan University Abstract

Yoshiyuki Ueda, Ph.D., Kyoto University Abstract

One important function of our cognitive system is to understand our environment, which is defined as the conditions that you live or work in and the way that they influence how you feel or how effectively you can work (Cambridge English Dictionary). Thus, our environment contains not only physical environment already extensively studied in cognitive science, but also social and internal environment critically important for our daily lives. Recently, research on social and internal environment make a great progress. This symposium raises an issue of understanding social and internal environment, and discuss from a broad perspective in both topics (from self to culture) and scale of investigation (single neurons, brain regions, and individual behavior). At single neuron level, we feature two talks discussing micro-level biological basis of self and prosocial behavior; prosocial behavior with rats (Liang), and self-evaluation in primate vision (Niikuni). At the level of system neuroscience, two talks discuss macro-level brain mechanisms underlying high-level human social functions; trust (Wu) and (dis)honesty (Abe). The last two talks address the effect of social environment on cognitive mechanisms. Emotion can be considered as an internal response mediated by social interaction between others and self, and one talk (Kuo) discusses the modulatory effects of emotion on cognitive processes. Social environment covers a broad spectrum from person-to-person relation to a large community and culture. The last talk (Ueda) addresses the effect of culture on cognition. Taken together, these six interrelated talks reveal breadth and depth of socio-cognitive neuroscience on social and internal environment, and provide hints to integrate biology and psychology, studies on self and others, and those on micro and macro social environments. The symposium will discuss current status and future direction of this important research area.


Acquisition and comprehension of linguistic dependencies:Empirical evidence from lifespan development of sentence processing

Chair: Hsu-Wen Huang, Assistant Professor, City University of Hong Kong

Speakers:

Virginia Yip, Professor, Chinese University of Hong Kong Abstract

Ziyin Mai, Assistant Professor, Chinese University of Hong Kong Abstract

Denise Hsien Wu, Professor, National Central University, Taoyuan, Taiwan Abstract

Hsu-Wen Huang, Assistant Professor, City University of Hong Kong Abstract

Peng Zhou, Professor, Tsinghua University, China Abstract

A key property of human language is that it consists of a finite set of discrete words which can be combined in various ways to generate an infinite number of sentences. The combination of words into phrases and sentences is governed by rules which are shared among speakers of specific languages, so that people can communicate successfully even through novel expressions. In sharp contrast with the ostensible ease of acquisition and comprehension of “internalized rules” (i.e., shared understanding of dependencies among words in sentences) in natural language, understanding how such capacities are supported by functional and neuroanatomical computations of the cognitive system has been challenging. This symposium presents empirical research on populations with different language backgrounds at different ages, as well as those with disorders, which helps to shed light on how dependencies among words in sentences are acquired and comprehended by beginning and mature speakers across acquisition contexts. Specifically, one talk focuses on bilingual children’s interpretation of omitted objects, one talk examines how bilingual adults use and integrate prosodic information, one talk addresses differences in processing subject-relative and object-relative clauses, one talk discusses age-related changes of using contextual information, and another investigates how autistic children use word order and morphosyntactic cues in sentence comprehension. In addition to showing how rich findings from diverse populations with different prior knowledge in the cognitive system can help reveal the underlying mechanisms of sentence processing in particular, the present symposium also highlights how the employment of multiple research tools with different functions can help elucidate the complexity of human cognition in general.


Open Issues and Scientific Challenges for EEG/MEG Research in the Real World

Chair: Michelle Liou, Research Fellow, Academia Sinica

Speakers:

Yuan-Pin Lin, Professor, National Sun Yat-sen University Abstract

Arthur C. Tsai, Professor, Academia Sinica Abstract

Sergey S. Tamozhnikov, PhD Candidate, Novosibirsk, Russia Abstract

Yong-Sheng Chen, Professor, National Chiao Tung University Abstract

Li-Fen Chen, Professor, National Yang-Ming University Abstract

The EEG/MEG technology has been widely applied in real world settings, such as long-term recordings while a subject playing computer games in social interactions and communication studies. Because of large-scale EEGs/MEGs and the nature of complex stimuli, data processing and analysis become challenge for researchers. This symposium will focus on recent advancement in the real world EEG/MEG technology with particular reference to data processing and analysis. We will address a few open issues in brain research based on real world EEG/MEG techniques.


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 20-22, 2017

Registration open:
May 21, 2017

Conference:
September 1-3, 2017