Category Archives: Seminars

IBANS Research Forum 2017 success!

We had another great IBANS research forum last week. It was a lot of fun and there were some great ideas for new collaborative projects. Hopefully many will be pursued.

Congratulations to Wanjia, Wardiya and Anne who were voted (by the audience) as winners of this year’s £1000 IBANS Research Forum Award to kick start their proposed new project investigating diseased and healthy neural networks!

IBANS Research Forum, March 23rd, 2017

We will be holding our annual IBANS Research Forum on Thursday March 23rd in the Old Library of the Main Psychology Building.

The forum has proved to be a great vehicle by which to encourage debate, and new collaborations, amongst IBANS members (PIs, postdocs and postgrads). Once again, at the end of the forum this year we will award a small grant to the best ad-hoc research proposal on the day, for kick-starting a new collaborative project between any IBANS members.

The full programme can be seen at the following link:

IBANS Research Forum 2017 Programme

3rd Annual IBANS Autumn Symposium

The 3rd Annual IBANS Autumn Symposium will be taking place on Friday October 7th from 1-5pm in the Seminar Room on the ground floor of the main Psychology building.

The event will include 8 talks by early career researchers from across our IBANS community and a Master Lecture by Prof. Onur Güntürkün from Ruhr-University Bochum entitled “Converging and Diverging Blueprints for Cognition in Birds and Mammals”.

Please come along and support this event and our early career researchers!

For the full program cilck here: mini-symposium-poster-with-talks-2016

IBANS Research Forum: March 24th, 2016

Following on from its success last year, the second annual ‘IBANS Research Forum’ will be held on the afternoon of Thursday March 24th in the Old Library (Main Psychology Building).

The event is intended to encourage debate, and new collaborations, amongst IBANS members (PIs, postdocs and postgrads). And once again, at the end of the forum we will award a small grant to the best ad-hoc proposal on the day, for kick-starting a new collaborative project between any IBANS members.

The Forum will begin with a series of brief presentations (5 minutes each, with no more than 3 slides). Each talk will be followed by 5 minutes of discussion and question time. Please email Gareth Miles (gbm4@st-andrews.ac.uk) to register your interest in giving a presentation. PIs, postdocs and postgrads are all welcome to present. Presentations should focus on specific questions/problems needing to be addressed in your current research or wider field. In particular, we would like you to highlight areas in which you could benefit from new ideas or interdisciplinary collaboration.

After the talks there will be time for everyone to chat about potential collaborative projects over drinks and nibbles.

Following drinks and nibbles we will reconvene to hear 2-minute ‘pitches’ for new collaborative projects, with some time for further questions from the audience.

The Forum will be concluded with the award of seed-funding for the best idea on the day.

IBANS Research Forum success

Thank you to everyone for making the inaugural IBANS Research Forum not only a great success but also a lot of fun!

At the end of the forum an impressive number of ideas for new collaborative projects were pitched. A big congratulations to Nicola Cook and Emma Carroll who were awarded our first IBANS Research Forum grant.

Annoucing the IBANS Research Forum

A new IBANS event – the ‘IBANS Research Forum’ –  will be held on the afternoon of Friday May 1st in the Old Library (Main Psychology Building; further details to follow).

The event is intended to encourage debate, and new collaborations, amongst IBANS Members. It will involve a number of short presentations followed by an interactive session devoted to discussion, exchange and the development of new ideas.

We look forward to seeing you on May 1st!

Seminar on Cerebral asymmetry

Cerebral asymmetry and language development: are they linked and if so how?

15th May, 1:00 PM

School of Medicine Lecture Theatre

Dorothy V. M. Bishop

Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford

We know that language function in the human brain is usually lateralized to the left hemisphere, but we don’t know how or why. A popular view is that cerebral asymmetry facilitates language acquisition by enabling the two hemispheres to adopt complementary roles in cognitive processing. A related idea is that developmental language disorders may be the consequence of a failure to develop cerebral lateralization, but until lately evidence has been weak and indirect. I will present data from a series of studies confirming that language difficulties in children are associated with a lack of the usual bias to left-hemisphere language. I will discuss whether such results can be accommodated within a genetic model of cerebral asymmetry.

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Dorothy Bishop studied Experimental Psychology at Oxford University before going on to complete an M.Phil in Clinical Psychology at the Institute of Psychiatry in 1975 and D.Phil at the Neuropsychology Unit in the Radcliffe Infirmary. She was for 20 years funded by the Medical Research Council, first in Oxford, and then at the universities of Newcastle upon Tyne and Manchester, and at the MRC Applied Psychology Unit in Cambridge.  In 1998, she moved to the Department of Experimental Psychology in Oxford, where she is funded by a Wellcome Trust Principal Research Fellowship, and heads a programme of research into children’s communication impairments.  She has published over 400 papers receiving more than 26500 cumulative citations. Dorothy is a founding member of the RALLIcampaign, aimed at raising awareness about language disorders https://www.youtube.com/user/RALLIcampaign

She is a Fellow of the British Academy, and a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences and this year has been elected Fellow of the Royal Society.

In addition she writes a popular blog on a range of academic-related topics http://deevybee.blogspot.co.uk/

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