ATC 2: TVA and psychophysical testing

t Posted

copnehagen over bridge

10th & 11th June 2014
Copenhagen University

Agenda:

Report

by Bart Cooreman, Rachel King & Chiron Oderkerk

In June the INDIREA network met in Copenhagen for their second international Bootcamp. The aim of the meeting was to learn about the Theory of Visual Attention (TVA) and how it can be applied. There was a mix of lectures and discussions which covered everything from the mathematical principles, to applied patient work.

Claus Bundesen kicked off the meeting with an introduction to the theoretical framework of TVA, and its neural interpretation (NTVA). Søren Kyllingsbæk focused on the various paradigms and its methodological issues, while Anders Petersen covered the methods for fitting individuals’ TVA-parameters from appropriate data. This last talk was followed by a workshop which allowed students the opportunity take part in a TVA experiment and to apply Matlab-based TVA-models.

On the second day, the focus shifted to the use of TVA in more applied research: Thomas Habekost laid out studies of patients with lesions. Iris Wiegand, in turn, talked about current attempts to find neurophysiological biomarkers of TVA. Signe Vangkilde discussed current attempts to improve neuropharmacological approaches. Finally, Claus Bundesen allowed for questions and discussions regarding the specifics of TVA.

Following the Bootcamp there was a TVA conference which illuminated both the scope for application and the future direction of TVA modelling. The trip also provided opportunities for members of INDIREA to network during a series of dinners and explorations of the city. The staff and students from the university were very welcoming, knowledgeable, and delivered a good balance between academic content, discussion, and cultural exchange. Overall the Bootcamp proved both enjoyable and valuable for the attending INDIREA students.

Additional information [internal access]

ESR Orientation Meeting & ATC1: Attention – from neurons to cognition and the lab to bedside

t Posted

UKSBM2

12 & 13th May 2014
Department of Experimental Psychology
University of Oxford

Agenda: 

Report

by Alexander Luettich

In May, the first INDIREA Bootcamp took place at the University of Oxford. This meeting brought together all 13 Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) and Principal Investigators (PIs) for the first time.

The two-day meeting kicked off with a welcome from the INDIREA Network Co-ordinator, Glyn Humpreys, followed by short presentation from INDREA partner Universities.

In the afternoon Adam Gazzaley, a guest speaker from the University of California, gave a lecture on the Future of Neurotherapeutics, where he presented his latest development of a gaming-based cognitive function enhancement treatment.  Following the lecture Oxford researchers, Masud Husain, Kia Nobre, Christopher Summerfield and Gaia Scerif delivered speeches on important aspects of their work. This covered mnemonic, temporal, developmental and decision related aspects of attention.  The day concluded with a dinner at St Hugh’s college.

On the second day, INDIREA associate partners from the British Stroke Association and P1vital, a private clinical research organisation, gave a general introduction to their field of work and INDIREA students and supervisors were able to discuss potential future collaborations. Magdalena Chechlacz and Dante Mantini then gave a presentation on lesion symptom mapping and demonstrated this using the procedures adopted at the University of Oxford. The Bootcamp finished with two final talks, the first from Nele Demeyere, which covered the current clinical tests for attentional functions, which was followed by Signe Vangkilde and Anders Petersen discussing mathematical modelling of attention.

Additional information [internal access]