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2015 Neural Plasticity and Learning Conference Information

The Institute for Mind and Brain at the University of South Carolina is organizing a one-day conference on Neural Plasticity and Learning,Friday, October 23, 2015. This is the first in a series of annual forums for highlighting current topics in neurocognition.  Presentations will address topics ranging from the basic science of neural plasticity to plasticity within specific cognitive domains (language, memory, motor learning), application of neuromodulatory tools to enhance plasticity and the role of neural plasticity in cognitive rehabilitation. The conference features four external invited speakers, as well as invited contributions by local researchers.



Paul Reber

(Northwestern University, USA)

Implicit learning: Cognitive consequences of human neuroplasticity


Michal Ben-Shachar

(Bar-Ilan University, Israel)

The development of white matter pathways that support reading and speech: insights from diffusion MRI studies in typical and atypical populations


Marcus Meinzer

(University of Queensland, Australia)

Transcranial direct current stimulation to improve behaviour and brain functions in health and disease


Gottfried Schlaug

(Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School, USA)

Plasticity of the auditory-motor system in health and disease

There is increased recognition of the neuro-plastic capacity of the human brain, as demonstrated by changes in regional connectivity, cell density and even neurogenesis in the adult human brain. Such plasticity may underlie learning, adaptation to changed environments and even responses to physical and functional damage to the organism itself. The one-day conference on Neural Plasticity and Learning invites researchers to consider questions, such as  “To what extent can learning be stimulated by neurophysiological intervention?”; “Which neuroplastic processes are most conducive to maintenance of new information/skills, versus fast acquisition?”; “How do neuroplastic differences between children and adults affect their learning capacity?”; and many more. 

Under the sponsorship of the College of Arts and Sciences, the Institute for Mind and Brain invites you to explore the many facets of neuroplasticity and learning with us at this conference.  We look forward to scientific discourse related to talks, posters and networking with researchers in the area of cognitive neuroscience.  Students, faculty and other researchers in the field are invited to participate. Please register at our website and join us at the Columbia Convention Center for an exploration of mind and brain. 


We will have a poster session at the conference and highly encourage researchers to apply to present.  Send the following information in a word document (email attachment to by September 25, 2015:

First author (Name, affiliation, position)

Additional authors (Names and Affiliations)

Title of poster (up to 20 words)

Abstract (up to 200 words)



The conference is from 8:45am-6pm and includes snacks and lunch.
Registration by 10/02/15:      Students $40, Faculty and Other $60

Registration after 10/02/15:  Students $60, Faculty and Other $80

Click here to register

PDF icon 2015 Conference Program PDF icon Posters for 2015 Conference