Brain Twitter Conference #brainTC

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We are organising the first Twitter conference in neuroscience on the 20th of April! We are very excited about this; it felt like a fun idea, and now as we are putting the event together, we start to see more concretely how cool this event will be! Brain Twitter Conference #brainTC is a “normal” scientific conference, but organised in Twitter, instead of a university lecture hall, a hotel, or an exhibition centre.  Continue reading

ICMPC14: Dyadic improvisation and mirroring of finger movements

As I unfortunately (or, as the reason is a newborn baby in the family, fortunately) were not able to attend the ICMPC14, I decided to summarise our study (co-authored with Maija Niinisalo and Riitta Hari, a poster was supposed to appear at the Music & Movement 3 session on Thursday, 4:00 pm, Seacliff A-C, Th23) on dyadic improvisation in this blog post. The blog post format allows me to use videos etc. to illustrate the tasks and the data better than a static poster would, and also lets me write a bit more about it than would fit in a poster. If you have any questions, drop me an email. We are currently writing this up as a journal article, so you’ll get the whole story soon, I hope.

Dyadic improvisation and mirroring of finger movements


We studied kinematics and coordination in a mirror game using fluent, improvised movements (circle drawing & free movement). 32 participants took part in dyads. In turn, one of the participants was appointed the leader, or the dyad was instructed to share leadership. Hand movements were recorded with optical motion capture.

Compared to the leader–follower condition, sharing leadership resulted in more synchronous circles, smoother free movements, and stronger mutual adaptation.

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Rhythm Perception and Production Workshop RPPW2015

Royal Tropical Institute

After 10-year hiatus, I attended the Rhythm Perception and Production Workshop (RPPW), that this time was organised in Amsterdam. Since the last time, this conference series has changed a lot: the range of topics and approaches was huge, spanning from animal rhythmic abilities to gait, from Parkinson’s to language, from music and dance to rowing, with lots of neuroscience papers presented. Continue reading

Attending and neglecting people

TuusulanjärviThe International Association for the Study of Attention and Performance has organised a bi-annual meeting since 1966, and the newest edition of this series started today in Tuusula, Finland. This year’s conference is themed “Attending and neglecting people”, and as always, it is a small meeting with hand-picked invited speakers, plenty of time for discussion and networking.  Continue reading

Neurotiedekonferenssin antia

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Yleisö poistumassa suuresta salista keynote-luennon jälkeen.

Neuroscience 2014 on nyt ohi, ja huonostinukutun matkan jälkeen on takana myös hyvinnukuttu yö kotona, ja onkin aika hieman tehdä yhteenvetoa reissusta.  Continue reading


Walter Washington Convention Center

Ja näin on Society for Neuroscience -konferenssi saatu käyntiin. Konferenssin avajaisohjelmanumerona oli neurotieteen ja yhteiskunnan vuoropuhelua, tällä kertaa teemana oli “Food for Thought”, ja lavalla kuusi ravintolaa omistava Top Chef -kokki Bryan Voltaggio. Hän kertoi ensin sekä hyväntekeväisyystyöstään No Kid Hungry -kampanjassa sekä ruokafilosofiastaan. Tästä avautuikin paljon linkkejä aivotutkimukseen, sillä Voltaggion tavoitteena etenkin fine dining -puolella on tuottaa ärsykkeitä kaikille aisteille, ja herättää ruokailijassa muistoja, viedä hänet toiseen aikaan ja paikkaan.

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