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08: Who is in control? How the brain controls our thoughts and actions

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The question of how we voluntarily control our behaviour has fascinated researchers at all times. It touches on important philosophical issues, most notably the problem of free will. In recent years several advances in cognitive neuroscience have vastly increased our understanding of voluntary behaviour. The aim of our seminar is to give an overview of the state-of-the-art in neuroscientific research on cognitive and motor control. We will discuss how these findings help us understand how the brain controls our thoughts and actions. Importantly, we will also critically discuss which implication brain science has for the old problem of free will.

Research Professor, Department of Experimental Psychology, Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, Ghent University Chair
Professor for Theory and Analysis of Large-Scale Brain Signals and Research Group Leader, Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience, Berlin Chair

Dr. phil. habil. Marcel BRASS

Research Professor, Department of Experimental Psychology, Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, Ghent University

Study of Philosophy and History, Free University, Berlin Study of Psychology, Free University, Berlin Diploma student at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Department of Lifespan Psychology (Professor Dr. Paul Baltes), Berlin Diploma in Psychology, Free University, Berlin Doctoral fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Psychological Research, Department of Cognition and Action (Professor Dr. Wolfgang Prinz), Munich Ph.D. in Psychology, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich Research scientist, Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Department of Cognitive Neurology, Leipzig Heisenberg fellow of the German Research Foundation at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig Faculty position at the Department of Experimental Psychology, Ghent University
1988-1991
1991-1997
1994-1997
1997
1997-1999
2000
2000-2006
2006
since 2006

Dr. John-Dylan HAYNES

Professor for Theory and Analysis of Large-Scale Brain Signals and Research Group Leader, Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience, Berlin

Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute for Cognitive Neuroscience and Wellcome Department of Imaging Neuroscience, University College London Postdoc at the Institute for Cognitive Neuroscience and Wellcome Department of Imaging Neuroscience, University College London Research group leader at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig Professor for "Theory and Analysis of large Scale Brain Signals" at the Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience and Charite - Universitätsmedizin, Berlin
2001-2003
2003-2005
since 2005
since 2006

Seminarwoche

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14.08.2008

15:00 - 15:30Eröffnung des Europäischen Forums Alpbach 2008Plenary
15:30 - 17:00EröffnungsreferatePlenary
17:00 - 18:30Vorstellung der SeminarinhaltePlenary
18:30 - 21:00EröffnungsempfangSocial

14.08.-21.08.2008

Seminar 01: Climate change and what we need to do about itSeminar
Seminar 02: Utopias and alternative (visions of) worldsSeminar
Seminar 03: Wirtschaftsforschung und WirtschaftspolitikSeminar
Seminar 04: Geschichtliche Situationsdeutungen und historische EntscheidungenSeminar
Seminar 05: A European people? Perception and formation of European citizensSeminar
Seminar 06: Ethics and biomedicine: Analysis of decisions and value judgementsSeminar
Seminar 07: Security policy becoming a European issueSeminar

14.08.-20.08.2008

Seminar 08: Who is in control? How the brain controls our thoughts and actionsSeminar
Seminar 09: PredictabilitySeminar
Seminar 10: Public opinion, opinion research and political decision-makingSeminar
Seminar 11: Transatlantic relationsSeminar
Seminar 12: Understanding fundamentalism: An interdisciplinary analysis of „Strong Religion“Seminar
Seminar 13: Wahrnehmung von Verantwortung im „globalen Verfassungsnetzwerk“ – Möglichkeiten und Grenzen (inter)nationaler HöchstgerichteSeminar
Seminar 14: Art and PerceptionSeminar

15.08.2008

18:30 - 19:30Special Lecture: Europa – Strategische Entscheidungen für den KontinentPlenary

16.08.2008

15:30 - 17:00Plenarveranstaltung: Klimawandel und VorhersagbarkeitPlenary

18.08.2008

17:00 - 18:30Plenarveranstaltung: 40 Jahre Prager FrühlingPlenary

19.08.2008

15:30 - 17:00Plenarveranstaltung: Was blieb von 1968?Plenary