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

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

Seminar Week

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14.08.2008

15:00 - 15:30 Opening of the European Forum Alpbach 2008 Plenary
15:30 - 17:00 Opening speeches Plenary
17:00 - 18:30 Presentation of the seminars Plenary
18:30 - 21:00 Opening reception Social

14.08.-20.08.2008

Seminar 11: Transatlantic relations Seminar
Seminar 08: Who is in control? How the brain controls our thoughts and actions Seminar
Seminar 10: Public opinion, opinion research and political decision-making Seminar
Seminar 09: Predictability Seminar
Seminar 14: Art and perception Seminar
Seminar 13: “Global Constitutional Network” – Limits and Possibilities of (Inter-)national Jurisdictions Seminar
Seminar 12: Understanding fundamentalism: An interdisciplinary analysis of “Strong Religion” Seminar

14.08.-21.08.2008

Seminar 01: Climate change and what we need to do about it Seminar
Seminar 07: Security policy becoming a European issue Seminar
Seminar 05: A European people? Perception and formation of European citizens Seminar
Seminar 06: Ethics and biomedicine: Analysis of decisions and value judgements Seminar
Seminar 03: Wirtschaftsforschung und Wirtschaftspolitik Seminar
Seminar 02: Utopias and alternative (visions of) worlds Seminar
Seminar 04: Geschichtliche Situationsdeutungen und historische Entscheidungen Seminar

15.08.2008

18:30 - 19:30 Special Lecture: Europe – Strategic decisions for the continent Plenary

16.08.2008

15:30 - 17:00 Plenary session: Climate change and Predictability Plenary

18.08.2008

17:00 - 18:30 Plenary session: 40 years after the Prague Spring Plenary

19.08.2008

15:30 - 17:00 Plenary session: What has remained of 1968? Plenary