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There will be two satellite workshops on Thursday 19 July:

The ESCAN Satellite on Cognitive Enhancement

Description: Cognitive enhancement is the use of any means aimed at enhancing performance in healthy individuals. The aim of the satellite meeting is to pursue a mechanistically oriented, theory-driven approach that tries to understand and explain how and why an intervention can enhance a targeted cognitive function. This provides an interesting bridge between the rigor and mechanistic interest of basic-science approaches and the opportunity to translate basic insights into programs with societal impact - an aspect that is increasingly emphasized by both funding agencies and individual researchers. Main topics of this satellite will be: cognitive training, psychedelics, brain stimulation, human-robot interaction and placebo effect.

Organizers: Lorenza S. Colzato, Alexandra Loseva & Luisa Prochazkova

Location: Leiden University Medical Center, Room CZ-4

Registration: no registration fee is required. Please register by June 19th by sending an e-mail to Alexandra Loseva:

Poster submission: posters will be presented during lunch and the best poster will be awarded with 200 Euro. Please submit your poster by May 19th . Notification of acceptance will be by May 30th. Abstract (250 words) and title should be sent to Lorenza Colzato:


Thursday 19 July (Hall 3)
08:30Registration opens
08:50Opening remarks
09:00Enhancing Social Cognition in Human-Robot Interaction
agnieszka wykowska (Center for Human Technologies)
09:30Psychedelics in Science and Medicine
tomas palenicek (NUDZ)
10:00Transcranial Brain Stimulation to Enhance Cognition: A two-edged sword
christian plewnia (University of Tuebingen)
10:30Cognitive plasticity across the lifespan: Individual differences, training and transfer effects
julia karbach (University of Koblenz-Landau)
Coffee break

[Keynote Address] The role of Placebo in Cognitive Enhancement

christian büchel (Universitätsklinikum Hamburg-Eppendorf)
12:30Lunch & Poster session
14:30Closing remarks & winner poster award

Sponsors: We are grateful to our sponsors for their support in enabling us to organize and run this Satellite event!

The European Society for Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience The Leiden Institute for Brain and Cognition

Contextual: How the Social Context Shapes Brain and Behaviour

Please visit the satellite web page to register and for more information

Description: This pre-conference satellite features cognitive neuroscientists who will discuss how the social context influences brain and behavioural data across four themes: mimicry, social interaction, decision-making, and affect. This conference also serves as the third meeting of the European Society for Social and Affective Neuroscience (ESSAN, formerly ESAN), and provides an opportunity for social psychologists interested in the brain, and cognitive neuroscientists interested in social processes to meet and discuss their research

Call for Abstracts: The program features a keynote by Dr. Beatrice de Gelder from Maastricht University. There will also be a limited number of blitz talks by doctoral and post-doctoral students, so please feel free to submit an abstract along one of our themes if you would like to present. The deadline for such submissions is June 30th.

Contact: Please, contact Lasana Harris or Gert-Jan Lelieveld for more information

Introductory Workshop to Eye Tracking

Description: Eye tracking is a technique that is used more and more to measure where we are looking and for how long. In the first part of the workshop we will give a brief introduction to eye tracking as a method, starting from the physiological basis of human attention and the vision system through the method basics and finishing at fields of application in psychological and interdisciplinary research. In the second part, participants will have the chance to join hands-on sessions to try out Tobii Pro’s latest eye tracking solutions. This workshop is aimed at beginners and advanced eye tracking users, as well as interested parties.

Date & Time: Thursday 19 July, 14.45-16.45

Location: Leiden University Medical Center, Room CZ-2

Registration: please, go to the following page to reserve your spot