Photographs by Anders Gade, Dept. of Psychology


Friday, October 29, 2010

Lundbeckfonden Auditorium,
Copenhagen Biocenter



Theme of this year

"Mind control"

Neurodag website

Organizers: Christina R. Kruuse, Lone Helboe, Lisbeth Causse, Rune W. Berg, & Nicolas C. Petersen


Welcome by Albert Gjedde

Head of Department of Neuroscience and Pharmacology



1st keynote presentation



Henrik Ehrsson

Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm

"How we come to experience that we own our body"









"Body swap"


In 2006 Henrik Ehrsson lectured in Copenhagen during Brain Awareness Week on experiments with the rubber hand illusion, whereby feelings of ownership are manipulated. In this presentation, he went on to describe a series of clever experiments that create elements of the out-of-body experience. Specifically, by pairing a viewpoint of the body from the outside (by a camera and video-goggles) and syncronized strokes on the body and at the seen location, the experience of own body is removed from the physical body.




Professor Henrik Ehrsson














 -- a moment of magic: Sunny Cagara    
After a coffee break, 3 selected short communications ....    

Jesper Tobias Andreasen

On anhedonia and 'cognitive' deficits in a mouse stress model and their  reversal by nicotine



Ann-Louise Bergstrøm

On studies using a graft model suggesting that alpha-synuclein (forming Lewy bodies in PD) can be excreted by cells and taken up by neighboring cells and seem to have (almost) prion-like properties

Jakob Kisbye Dreyer  - on a quantitative model of the phasic dopamine error prediction signal    
Lunch and    poster session   (37 posters on display)    

Casper R. Gøtzsche












Ayna Nejad

Impaired flexibility in the allocation of neural resources in antipsychotic-naive patients with first-episode schizophrenia


This work was done in a collaboration between the Schizophrenia Research Group at Glostrup and the MR Research Centre at Hvidovre, where Ayna is a ph.d.-student


Brith Klarborg

Right fronto-parietal white matter microstructure predicts sustained selective attention performance in children



Brith Klarborg is a member of the MR  research group at Hvidovre. She obtained her candidate degree in psychology earlier this month. Congratulations!




Kathrine Skak Madsen

Motor system microstructure associated with choice reaction time in children



Kathrine Skak Madsen is a ph.d.-student at the MR Research Center at Hvidovre. An interesting and well-written related paper based on the stop-signal task was published earlier this year in Neuropsychologia pdf





Mette Ødegaard Nielsen




Mette Ødegaard Nielsen is a ph.d.-student at the schizophrenia research group at Glostrup






Peter Petersen











2nd keynote presentation    

Andrew B. Schwartz

University of Pittsburg

During the 1980's, Schwartz and co-workers developed the concept of directional tuning and population-based movement representation. Later, he developed a paradigm to study the continuous cortical signals generated throughout volitional arm movements.  He did this by using monkeys trained to draw shapes while he recorded single-cell activity from the motor cortex with an array of electrodes. The movement trajectories were, he found, represented continously in the cortical activity and contained many of the kinematic invariants of natural movement.

This knowledge is  used now to develop cortical neural prosthetics recording acticity in populations of single cells  with chronic electrode arrays.


In his presentation, Andrew Schwartz showed how a monkey can use these recorded signals to control a motorized arm prosthesis to reach out to grasp a piece of marshmallow to feed itself.

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