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The Mind Forum I: Exploring the limits of mind

Majvik Meeting and Convention Hotel, Kirkkonummi, Finland, August 16 - 18, 2007

This workshop was the first one in a series of five multidisciplinary workshops of the Mind Forum. The aim of the workshop was to find the common ground between many disciplines studying the mind and conversely, to find out if there were any major disagreements about the mind. The first two days of the workshop were held in Finnish and the third day was held in English. Thirty invited guests attended the workshop: one from the United States, one from Sweden, and 28 from Finland. Five of the Finns attending the workshop were PhD students. The scientific program contained 13 oral presentations in Finnish, three oral presentations in English and three sessions dedicated to discussions only (two in Finnish, one in English). The talks were given by experts in philosophy, brain research, comparative religion studies, sociology, psychiatry, psychology, neurobiology, history and cognitive science. In addition, experts in paleontology, theology and linguistics contributed to the discussions. An abstract booklet in Finnish was delivered to the participants at the start of the workshop; an English version of the abstract booklet (translated by the coordinator, Dr. Jaakko Järvinen) was provided to the overseas guests.

Website: http://www.mieliforum.fi/english.html

The Mind Forum II: The changing mind

Siuntio Wellness & Conference Resort, Siuntio, Finland, November 22–24, 2007

This workshop was the second one in a series of five Mind Forum workshops (see previous entry). The aim of the workshop was to investigate through multidisciplinary discussions how the mind changes during an individual’s life span, and how the mind can be changed through therapy, medication, education, learning and manipulation. The first two days of the workshop were held in Finnish and the third day was held in English. Altogether 33 invited guests attended the workshop: one from Canada, one from Sweden, and 31 from Finland. Five of the Finns attending the workshop were PhD students. The scientific program contained 10 oral presentations in Finnish, three oral presentations in English and three sessions dedicated to discussions only (two in Finnish, one in English). The talks were given by experts in neurobiology, geriatry, educational psychology, psychiatry, social psychology and pharmacology. In addition, experts in sociology, comparative religion studies, brain research, philosophy and child psychiatry contributed to the discussions. An abstract booklet in Finnish was delivered to the participants at the start of the workshop; an English version of the abstract booklet (translated by the coordinator, Dr. Jaakko Järvinen) was provided to the overseas guests.

Website: http://www.mieliforum.fi/english.html

Tieteen päivät

The following sessions were organized at Tieteen päivät by the LTL scientists: - Klassisen mekaniikan ja kvanttimekaniikan rajalla, January 10, Mikko Paalanen; - Kielen oppiminen ja aivot, January 11, Matti Laine, Elisabet Service and Riitta Salmelin;

- Kurkistetaan aivoihin, January 12, Riitta Hari, Riitta Salmelin, Simo Vanni, Nina Forss and Synnöve Carlson.

Annual Report 2007

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