Space & Time in the Brain


Wednesday, December 7, 2016, 9:30am to 4:00pm


Cinematheque, Jerusalem

Space & Time Poster

The international conference: Space & Time in the Brain, was held at the Jerusalem Cinematheque, December 7-8, 2016. Top speakers in the fields of memory, space & time, presented their research during the conference. Over 250 people attended.

Time and space are the framework within which our experience and memories are formed. Therefore, the representations of time and space in human cognition have captivated the imagination of thinkers for centuries, culminating with the emergence of neuroscience as a scientific discipline. Questions regarding the underlying neural mechanisms of spatial and temporal processing were studied rigorously and resulted in significant insights. Yet, with many questions still unanswered, spatio-temporal cognition remains at the focus of attention of the neurosciences from the cellular to the behavioral levels. Across these different levels and disciplines, recent neuroscientific discoveries revealed inter-relations between processing and representations of time and space. Electrophysiology of hippocampal cells shows that they encode animals’ location in time as well as their location in space. Whole-brain neuroimaging consistently shows overlap between brain regions involved in time and space perception. Behavioral experiments demonstrate that manipulation of spatial distance affects perceptions of temporal distance and vice-versa. Finally, clinical evidence indicates that neuropsychiatric patients are commonly disturbed in space and time perception.

The conference aims to advance this frontier of science. 

Speakers included: 

Daniel Schacter, Harvard University
Howard Eichenbaum, Boston University
Morris Moscovitch, University of Toronto
Brian Levine, University of Toronto
Michael Kahana, University of Pennsylvenia
Olaf Blanke, EPFL, director of the center for Neuroprosthetics
Arne Ekstrom, University of California, Davis
Francesca Frassinetti, University of Bologna
Rafael Malach, Weizmann Institute
Yadin Dudai, Weizmann Institute
Nachum Ulanovsky, Weizmann Institute
Nira Liberman, Tel Aviv University
Dori Derdikman, Technion
Anat Maril, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Ayelet Landau, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Yonatan Loewenstein, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Shahar Arzy, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Amir Amedi, Hebrew University 

Conference Website: 

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