Closing Event of the IRTG

Closing Symposium "Adaptive Minds: Footnotes and Foresights"

The IRTG was a very successful doctoral training project. We had three generations of doctoral students, dozens of visiting students and visiting scholars on both sides. Four bilateral fallschools with international guests were held in Germany and in China. We would like to bring all present and former IRTG members together to celebrate and take part in a Closing Symposium entitled "Adaptive Minds: Footnotes and Foresights"

Dates: Thursday, 16th March (12:00 hrs.) until Friday, 17th March 2017 (14:00 hrs.)

Place:Graduate Centre of Saarland University (location plan)

Keynote speakers:

  • Prof. Dr. Ulman Lindenberger, Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin - Human Cognitive Plasticity: Conceptual and Methodological Challenges
  • Prof. Dr. Juan Li, Institute of Psychology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing  - Cognitive enhancement and brain plasticity in aging





Thursday, 16th March

12.00-12.30   Opening and Welcome


Ulman Lindenberger: Human cognitive plasticity: Conceptual and methodological challenges
13.30-14.00  Coffee break
14.00-14.40René Liesefeld: Overcoming visual interference - Insights from electrophysiology
14.40-15.20Lamei Wang: Parental mind-mindedness predicts children's lie-telling behaviors
15.20-16.00Emma Bridger: The FN400 and the adaptive mind
16.00-16.30 Coffee break


Katja Umla-Runge: Brain functional and behavioural alterations in young individuals at risk for poorer later life cognitive health


Hannah Schmitt: The adaptive control of behaviour: Is there a negative bias for processing motivational information?


Friday, 17th March



Regine Bader: Contributions of conceptual processing and episodic familiarity to the early ERP old/new effect


Kathrin Eschmann: Boosting the brain: Frontal-midline theta neurofeedback training and its transfer
10.20-10.50  Coffee break
10.50-11.30 Minfang Zhao: Enactment enhances memory of actions by shaping encoding and recognition
11.30-12.10  Benedikt Wirth: Attentional bias to threatening faces in the general population
12.15-13.15 Juan Li: Cognitive enhancement and brain plasticity in aging



There will also be a "Good-bye party" on Thursday evening with the oppertunity to celebrate the highlights and pitfalls of nine years doctoral training. 


We look forward to welcoming you in Saarbrücken in March.