Conference Information and Archive
These stimulating, one-day conferences are an opportunity to explore the many unique
facets of the mind and brain. Students, faculty and other researchers in the field
are invited to participate in an enriching day of scientific discourse, talks, posters
and networking with researchers.
2023 Conference – Social & Emotional Brain
The March 17, 2023 conference examined fundamental questions of the social and emotional brain — How are emotions represented within the brain? How do we make social decisions? How does affect influence our decisions? Do brains synchronize during social interactions? How are social cognition and social networks affected by neurodevelopment or an acute condition? How do we quantify and qualify social brain markers?
Featured Speakers 2023
- Sara Jane Webb, Ph.D. | University of Washington & Seattle Children's Research Institute
- Kevin LaBar, Ph.D. | Duke University
- Scott Huettel, Ph.D. | Duke University
- Lisa Johnson, Ph.D. | University of South Carolina
- Caitlin Hudac, Ph.D. | University of South Carolina
- Doug Wedell, Ph.D. | University of South Carolina
2019 Conference – Executive Function in Mind & Brain
For the March 1, 2019 conference, students and faculty convened to examine fundamental questions of executive function — What are the brain bases of executive control? Can executive function be improved with training or by other means? How does language impact executive function and conversely how does executive function impact language? What are the risk factors for decline in executive control?
Featured Speakers 2019
- Sharon L. Thompson-Schill, Ph.D. | University of Pennsylvania
- Mark D'Esposito, MD | University of California, Berkeley
- Ellen Bialystok, OC, PhD, FRSC | York University
- Rutvik H. Desai | University of South Carolina
- Robert Davis Moore, MS, Ph.D. | University of South Carolina
2016 Conference – Neuroscience of Attention
The conference, held October 14, 2016, examined topics related to visual-spatial attention, the development of attention, executive attention and the neuropsychology of attention.
Featured Speakers and Presenters 2016
- Doug Munoz | Queen’s University
- Troy Herter | University of South Carolina Department of Exercise Science
- Scott Johnson | University of California
- John Richards | University of South Carolina Department of Psychology
- John McDonald | Simon Fraser University
- Jessica Green | University of South Carolina Department of Psychology
- Matthew Pontifex | Michigan State University
- Robert Davis Moore | University of South Carolina Department of Exercise Science
2015 Conference – Neural Plasticity and Learning
On October 23, 2015, the Mind and Brain Institute held its' inaugural conference on Neural Plasticity and Learning. Presentations addressed topics ranging from the basic science of neural plasticity to plasticity within specific cognitive domains (language, memory and motor learning), application of neuromodulatory tools to enhance plasticity, and the role of neural plasticity in cognitive rehabilitation.
Featured Speakers 2015
- Paul Reber | Northwestern University (USA)
- Michal Ben-Shachar | Bar-Ilan University, (Israel)
- Marcus Meinzer | University of Queensland (Australia)
- Gottfried Schlaug | Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School (USA)