First International School On Mind, Brain And Education

Program 2005 July 16-20

Summer Institute on
Mind, Brain and Education

Directors: Antonio M. Battro and Kurt W. Fischer
Program officer: María Lourdes Majdalani



Morning 9-12hs.: Genetics and Education

Antonio M. Battro and Kurt W. Fischer

Lecture / Discussion
Robert Plomin: Using DNA in research on mind, brain and education

Poster session: Genetics and Education
Juko Ando: Tokyo Twin Cohort Project (ToTCoP): Longitudinal study of twins in infancy and childhood
Yulia Kovas: Genetics and neuroscience of mathematical ability and disability in the early school years
Lu Zuhong: Genetic aspects of learning science in the post-genomic era

General discussion
Moderator: Wei Yu

Afternoon 12-16 hs.
Lunch time and small informal groups of discussion

Afternoon 16-19 hs: Disciplines and domains

Panel: Science education
Pierre Léna: Curiosity of children and science education across the world.
Wei Yu: Learning by doing and learning science
Moderator: Antonio M. Battro

Kurt W. Fischer: Tools for analyzing cognitive development and learning across domains


Morning 9- 12 hs.: History, Philosophy and NeuroEducation

Lecture / Discussion
Fernando Vidal: Brainhood: Are we truly our brains? A historical perspective on the cerebral subject

Panel: NeuroEducation
Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo: NeuroEducation as the turning point for an ontology of man
Manfred Spitzer, Kurt W. Fischer, Hideaki Koizumi, Wei Yu
Moderator: Usha Goswami

Afternoon Free
Visit to historical places (optional): Monreale, Segesta, Selinunte.


Morning 9-12 hs.: Language and Reading

Usha Goswami: Rhythm, rhyme, reading and dyslexia; getting the beat

Poster sessions: Language and reading
Guosheng Ding: The separation of cerebral plasticity and adaptation during lexical learning
Maki Koyama: Relationships between sensory, cognitive processing skills and literacy development in Japanese
Juliana Paré-Blagoev: The neural correlates of phonemic awareness in normal reading children
Mairead MacSweeney: Language processing in the deaf brain

General discussion
Moderator: Balázs Gulyás

Afternoon 12-16 hs.
Lunch time and small informal groups of discussion

Afternoon 16-19 hs: Disabilities and Chronoeducation

Poster sessions: Disabilities and brain pathology
Yee-Jin Shin: Effects of early forced enrichment education on the development of young children: perspectives of psychopathology and developmental variation
Mary Helen Immordino-Yang: Emotion and affective prosody in two cases of left and right hemispherectomy: educational implications
Ke Xiaoyan: The comorbidity of selective mutism in the children of Pervasive Developmental Disorder

Panel: Chronoeducation in the school
Antonio M. Battro: The project of the NeuroLab.Marín.
Daniel Cardinali: Chronoeducation: interactions between the circadian system and learning processes.
Moderator: Manfred Spitzer


Morning 9-12 hs.: Dynamics and Mathematics

Paul L. van Geert: Dynamics of mind, brain and education

Poster sessions: Mathematics and the brain
Zhou Xinlin: Event-related potentials of single-digit comparison, addition, subtraction and multiplication
Michael Connell: Rethinking knowledge transfer: insights from an artificial neural network model

General discussion
Moderator: Kurt W. Fischer

Afternoon 12-16 hs.
Lunch time and small informal groups of discussion

Afternoon 16-19 hs.

Hideaki Koizumi: Present status and future prospects of "Brain-Science & Education"

Poster Session: Schooling and Research
Sanna Stroth and Michael Fritz: Schools and the Transfer Center for Neuroscience and Learning
Jennifer Chidsey: The Ross program in mathematics and sciences

Lecture / Discussion
Manfred Spitzer: Dopamine, novelty seeking, reward and learning


Morning 9-12 hs.: Brain, Development, and Education

Poster sessions: Neurodevelopment
Zsanett Tárnok: Frontostriatal pathology in neurodevelopmental disorder
Osamu Sakura: Human education from the evolutionary point of view
Jenny Thomson: Developmental trajectories of auditory perception in dyslexia: an ERP study

Panel: The role of brain images in learning and education
Balázs Gulyás: Receptor fingerprinting of the human brain in various challenging conditions with PET
John Gabrieli and Hideaki Koizumi
Moderator: Daniel P. Cardinali

Afternoon 12-16 hs.
Lunch time and small informal groups of discussion

Afternoon 16-19 hs.

General Discussion: Next steps in mind, brain and education
Participants will meet in small groups by subject and then come together for a general discussion.
1. IMBES. International Mind, Brain and Education Society and other institutional programs. Coordinator: Juliana Paré Blagoev
2. Language, Literacy, and mathematics. Coordinator: Michael Connell
3. Brain and genetics. Coordinator: Yulia Kovas
4. Educational research and practice. Coordinator: Maki Koyama

Closing of the Summer Institute