Symposium of Learning and Socio-Emotional neural functions 24.3.2023

InterLearn- Center of Excellence organizes a Symposium that focuses on brain activity and methodology used to measure learning and socio-emotional neural responses. The CoE warmly welcomes all interested in topic of measuring brain processes related to learning and emotional processing or control in school-aged children, including those with learning problems.

24.3.2023 at 12:00-17:00
Ruusupuisto, Juho (D101)


12:00 – 14:15 Opening & Presentations:
Paavo Leppänen, University of Jyväskylä: The InterLearn CoE perspective on studying learning, brain processes and links to socio-emotional issues
Jutta Peterburs, Medical School Hamburg: Reward and punishment sensitivity and learning bias in feedback-based learning
Sebastian Ocklenburg, Medical School Hamburg: Assessing functional hemispheric asymmetry in learning disorders
14:15-14:45 Coffee break (on own cost at restaurant Uno)
14:45-16:30 Presentations:
Jarmo Hämäläinen: Studying learning using brain measures
Piia Astikainen: Psychophysiology in measuring responses to emotional stimuli
16:30-17:00 Panel discussion on the presentation topics (chair: Piia Astikainen)

Keynote presenters

Jutta Peterburs is currently full professor of Medical Psychology at the Institute of Systems Medicine and the Department of Human Medicine at MSH Medical School Hamburg, Germany. She has worked as a post-doctoral researcher in Baltimore, Maryland, USA, to work at the Department of Neurology and Neurosciences and Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. She has then worked in Institute of Experimental Psychology, Department of Biological Psychology, at Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf, Germany and most lately as a professor MSH Medical School Hamburg, Germany. Jutta Peterburs’ interdisciplinary research is focused on the neural underpinnings of performance monitoring and cognitive control, and factors that influence functions such as error and feedback processing. Since many psychiatric and neurological disorders have been associated with performance monitoring, her research also has focused on clinical and translational aspects. In her work, she uses a multi-method approach that combines neuroimaging and human electrophysiology, psychophysiology, neurostimulation and behavioral techniques. Her recent projects have focused on performance monitoring in social anxiety disorder, error and feedback processing in obsessive-compulsive disorder, and on cerebellar contributions to the processing of errors and performance-related feedback.

Sebastian Ocklenburg is full professor of research methods at the department of psychology at Medical School Hamburg, Germany from 2021. After obtaining his bachelor’s and master’s degree in psychology, Sebastian conducted his PhD thesis on the genetics and neurophysiology of hemispheric asymmetries. For this work, he was awarded the prestigious Heinz-Heckhausen award by the German Society for Psychology. Subsequently, he worked as a post-doc in the Bergen fMRI group in Norway, before returning to Germany. Sebastian holds a deep fascination with understanding how hemispheric asymmetries develop. His work focuses on answering this question using an integrative multi-method approach including techniques from neuroimaging, electrophysiology and molecular genetics. Sebastian is member of the Global Young Faculty (GYF) and the International Society for Behavioral Neuroscience (ISBN). He has authored more than 130 papers on hemispheric asymmetries and other topics in international peer-reviewed journals, including top journals like Science Advances, Neuron or eLife. He has also written three books on hemispheric asymmetries.

Warmly welcome!

More information:
Paavo Leppänen
Director of the InterLearn CoE[at] 

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