Conférence au IXe Congrès des Neurosciences Université Yeditepe Istanbul 13-17 Avril 2010

Publié le par Jean-Luc Petit



9. Ulusal Sinirbilimleri Kongresi – 9th National Neuroscience Congress

– April 1317, 2010 | Yeditepe Üniversitesi İstanbul

Page 8/11 Detailed Scientific Program


17.2517.40 S 12: Beyincikteki Sinir Impuls Dizilerinin Analizi

Decoding Neuronal Firing Patterns in the Cerebellum

Daniel Press

17.4017.55 S 13: İnsan Çene Kasları Üzerine Bir Transkraniyal Manyetik Stimulasyon Çalışması

A Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Study on Human Jaw Muscles

Elif Sibel Atış

17.5518.10 S 14: Yürüme Sırasındaki Kas İğciği Refleks Modülasyonlarının Cinsiyete Bağlı Olarak İncelenmesi

Investigation of Gender Dependent Differences in Muscle Spindle Reflex Modulations

Aylin Ş. Ürkmez

17.3018.10 – Conference 14 İnan Kıraç Conference Hall)

The Nobel Prizes in the Field of Neuroscience. From Camillo Golgi and Ramón y Cajal to Richard Axel and Linda Buck

Gunnar Grant

18.1018.35 – Conference 15 İnan Kıraç Conference Hall)

The Mirror Neuron System As a Neural Basis for a Non Verbal, Gesture Mode of Communication

Jean-Luc Petit

18.3519.00 – Conference 16 İnan Kıraç Conference Hall)

Empathy Between Conductor and Orchestra: Phenomenology and Empirical Research

Sera Tokay

20.0023.00 Gala YemeğiGala Dinner


The mirror neuron system as a neural basis for a non verbal,

gesture mode of communication

with an application to a program of measurement of driving force in orchestra conducting

Jean-Luc PETIT

Professor of philosophy (University of Strasbourg) & associate researcher at Laboratoire de Physiologie de la Perception et de l’Action (Collège de France, Paris)


Keywords: Motor system, mirror neurons, action understanding, anticipation, simulation, gesture, driving force.


In this twin conference, I’ll take it as my part to set Serâ Tokay’s reflections on her practice of orchestra conducting in a theoretical and factual context that might prove its relevance for contemporary neuroscience. The discovery by Giacomo Rizzolatti and co-workers (including Luciano Fadiga, head of Serâ’s empirical research) of ‘mirror neurons’ in a frontal area of monkey brain, the homologue of Broca in man, revived the motor origin of language hypothesis, an hypothesis that remains yet controversial. On the other hand, robust empirical data came to back up the existence of correlates in motor circuits for non verbal, gestural, aspects of human communication. When an agent happens to be focus of attention of an observer whose motor memory includes the observed actions, a direct link automatically sets up between both. The cortical motor maps of their brains set about resonating as a result of the impact of the scene on the observer’s motor system in conjunction with an inhibition of its bodily movements. Amounting to an internal simulation, such resonance might enable the observer anticipating the other’s actions. A gesture mode of communication contingent upon maximally extending the human resources in action anticipation, the art of conducting clearly lends itself to an investigation along the lines of the mirror system paradigm. In the wake of the literature on internal models and statistical inference a driving force criterion was successfully applied comparing the performances of two conductors and the coordination of musicians under their direction, thereby paving the way to a future science of conducting.




Cognitivist Autumn in Torun 2009

Body, Perception and Awareness: Motor and multimodal perspectives

November 23-25, Torun 2009, Poland

Collegium Maximum, Plac Rapackiego Street 1

Monday, November 23, 2009

Conference Symposium on BCI:

Brain – Computer Interfaces: from science-fiction to practice

10.00 – 14.00

Piotr Durka

Brain–Computer Interfaces: from science-fiction to 7 FP

(introduction on BCI paradigms P300, SSVEP i ERD/S and also on EEG)


Discussion and meeting with students

Monday, November 23, 2009

Conference Welcome & Open Lecture

17.00 – 19.00

Open Lecture:

Patrick Haggard

The neuroscience of human volition: Could the brain have 'free will'?

19.00 – 20.00

Guide Tour – Old Town

Part I - Tuesday, November 24, 2009

9.00 – 9.30

Patrick Haggard

Summary of Open lecture

9.30 – 10.30

Keynote lecture

John-Dylan Haynes

Unconscious determinants of human decisions

10.30 – 10.45 Coffee

10.45 – 11.15

Sukhvinder Obhi

Action awareness, agency and intentional binding

11.15 – 11.45

Massimiliano Cappuccio

Motor Intentionality and the Frame Problem

11.45 – 12.15

Joanna Trzópek, Anna Seweryn

Problem of Conscious Will: Are We Indeed Authors of Our Actions?

12.15 – 13.00

Jean-Luc Petit

Are we the victims of guesswork by a Bayesian brain-machine?

13.00 – 14.00 Lunch

14.00 – 15.00

Keynote lecture

Lawrence M. Parsons

Brain basis of the generation of dance, music, and language

15.00 – 15.15 Coffee

Part II - Tuesday, November 24, 2009

15.15 – 15.45

Włodzisław Duch

Imagery Agnosia: what goes on in my head?

15.45 – 16.15

Atsushi Iriki

Hierarchical classes of tools as externalization

of motor and sensory body-parts

16.15 – 16.45

Aneta Brzezicka

Memory and reasoning processes in depression:

The Role of Frontal Alpha Asymmetry

16.45 – 17.15

Anna Wieczorek

The Basolateral amygdala as a part of neuronal circuity

activated during learning

17.15 – 17.45

Francesca Morganti

Embodied interaction and situated acquisition of spatial knowledge

18.00 – 19.30

Panel discussion

Where are sources of human volition ?


Patrick Haggard, John-Dylan Haynes, Jean-Luc Petit,

Włodzisław Duch

(as chair and moderator)

20.00 Dinner

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

8.30 – 9.30

Keynote lecture

George Northoff

The self and its body - Our "material me"

9.30 – 10.15

Corrado Sinigaglia

The Body and its Selves

10.15 – 10.30 Coffee

10.30 - 11.15

Yann Coello

Embodied perception and space consciousness

11.15 – 12.00

Przemyslaw Nowakowski

Is the body space an effect of bayesian weighting

of multisensory information?

12.00 – 13.30

Panel discussion

Body representations – which are more important than others ?


Patrick Haggard, Atsushi Iriki, Yann Coello,

George Northoff

(as chair and moderator)

14.00 – 15.00 Lunch

Seminars for students

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

14.00 – 16.00

Patrick Haggard

Body representation

16.00 – 17.00

Patrick Haggard

discussion on individual students projects

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

15.00 – 17.00

Georg Northoff

Self and Neurophilosophy

15.00 – 17.00

Lawrence M. Parsons

Brain, music, dance


Cognitivist Autumn in Torun 2009

Body, Perception and Awareness: Motor and multimodal perspectives

CAT 2009: Body, Perception and Awareness:


Motor and multimodal perspectives

November 23-25, Torun 2009, Poland | Collegium Maximum, Plac Rapackiego Street 1

Are we the victims of guesswork
by a Bayesian brain-machine?

Jean-Luc Petit

Université de Strasbourg
& Laboratoire de Physiologie de la Perception et de l’Action (Collège de France)


Despite the fact that we remain stubborn ontologists regarding our ego, the things in the world and other persons, leading-edge science thinks otherwise. Not only has quantum mechanics helped us to get rid of the material objects on their spatiotemporal trajectories classical mechanism pretended to trace, even psychology and the human sciences, in their new neuroscientific attires, embrace a frustratingly non-committed view of the substantiality of the world's denizens. From now on, it seems that no category of our perception of objects is entitled to more than the provisional status of an arbitrary posit in the course of constant reappraisal. The diffusion of a probabilistic model of brain processing in labs tends to undermine the phenomenological typology of habitually anticipated entities in human perception, action, desire, and belief: the things, the own body, the other persons. Is such a trend mere illusion of fashion or strict science forcing its way through a crowd of superstitious hypostatizations?

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