8th Symposium - 2010

BIAL Foundation Symposium 
BEHIND AND BEYOND THE BRAIN

Intuition and Decision-making

Program

20:00
Registration
21:15
Opening Session
21:45
Opening Conference

Chairman | Fernando Lopes da Silva

Emeritus Professor of General Physiology, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and Head researcher of the Higher Technical Institute (IST) of Lisbon, Portugal. Research interests: electrophysiology of the brain, origin of epileptic phenomena, neuronal networks in relation to memory, attention and consciousness.

Intuition and decision-making

Seymour Epstein

Professor Emeritus of Psychology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA. Editor and consultant of numerous journals on personality and psychology. Several scientific awards for exceptional research. Author of the book “Cognitive-experiential self-theory: An integrative theory of personality” (in preparation). Research interests: construction of a unified theory of personality, constructive thinking, methodology in personality research, stress and coping.

22:30
Close of day

1st session - Intuition and Decision-making - Neuroscience

Chairman | Fernando Lopes da Silva

Emeritus Professor of General Physiology, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and Head researcher of the Higher Technical Institute (IST) of Lisbon, Portugal. Research interests: electrophysiology of the brain, origin of epileptic phenomena, neuronal networks in relation to memory, attention and consciousness.

09:00
Opening Session

Chairman | Fernando Lopes da Silva

Emeritus Professor of General Physiology, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and Head researcher of the Higher Technical Institute (IST) of Lisbon, Portugal. Research interests: electrophysiology of the brain, origin of epileptic phenomena, neuronal networks in relation to memory, attention and consciousness.

09:15
Should you think unconsciously or trust your first impressions?

Moderator | Axel Cleeremans

Research Director, Consciousness, Cognition & Computation Group, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium. Author of numerous papers on implicit learning and consciousness and editor of the books “The Unity of Consciousness: Binding, Integration and Dissociation” and “The Oxford Companion to Consciousness”. Member of the Royal Academy of Belgium. Research interests: consciousness and implicit learning, models of conscious and unconscious cognition, neural network of cognitive processes.

09:50
Unconscious determinants of human decisions

John-Dylan Haynes

Professor of Theory and Analysis of Large Scale Brain Signals, Charité (Faculty of Medicine), Head of Bernstein Neuroimaging Center, University of Berlin, Germany. Head of the Research Group “Attention and Awareness”, Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig, Germany. Author and co-author of numerous scientific papers on neurosciences, especially neuroimaging. Research interests: cognitive neuroscience and neurobiology of motivation.

09:50
Modulators of human decision-making: genes and social information

Hauke Heekeren

Professor of Affective Neuroscience and Psychology of Emotion, Free University Berlin, Germany. Head of the Research Group “Neurocognition of Decision-making”, Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin. Several scientific awards for excellence in research. Consultant for several journals on neuroscience. Research interests: motivation and affect in decision-making, cognitive and affective components in normal and disturbed social cognition and multimodal neuroimaging.

10:25
Modulators of human decision-making: genes and social information

Hauke Heekeren

Professor of Affective Neuroscience and Psychology of Emotion, Free University Berlin, Germany. Head of the Research Group “Neurocognition of Decision-making”, Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin. Several scientific awards for excellence in research. Consultant for several journals on neuroscience. Research interests: motivation and affect in decision-making, cognitive and affective components in normal and disturbed social cognition and multimodal neuroimaging.

11:30
General Levture - Beyond free will: towards a cognitive neuroscience of decision

Thomas Goschke

Professor of General Psychology, Faculty of Sciences, Acting Director of the Neuroimaging Center of the Department of Psychology and of the Institute for General Psychology, Biopsychology and Methods in Psychology, Technical University of Dresden, Germany. Consultant for several scientific journals on cognition. Research interests: executive functions, emotional modulation of cognitive processes, intentional actions, implicit learning and intuitive judgments.

12:30
Discussion
13:00
Lunch
14:30
Oral presentations - BIAL Foundation's Fellows

Moderator | Dick Bierman

Heymans Chair of Exceptional Experiences, University for Humanistics, Utrecht, Netherlands (Emeritus). PhD in Experimental Physics, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands. Research interests: consciousness studies, artificial intelligence, learning during altered states of consciousness (especially during sleep), non-conscious emotions and their role in (intuitive) decision-making, pre-sentiment (anomalous body arousal preceding emotional events), relation between quantum physics and consciousness.

16:00
Coffee, posters session and contacts with faculty
17:30
Close of day

2nd session - Intuition and Decision-making - Parapsychology

Moderator | Caroline Watt

A founder member of the Koestler Parapsychology Unit, and Senior Lecturer, Psychology Department, University of Edinburgh, Scotland. Former Perrott-Warrick Senior Researcher and Past President of the Parapsychological Association, co-author of the book “An Introduction to Parapsychology” and author of journal articles on parapsychology and paranormal beliefs. Research interests: replication issues in parapsychology, the psychology and parapsychology of precognitive dream experiences.

09:00
Opening remarks

Moderator | Caroline Watt

A founder member of the Koestler Parapsychology Unit, and Senior Lecturer, Psychology Department, University of Edinburgh, Scotland. Former Perrott-Warrick Senior Researcher and Past President of the Parapsychological Association, co-author of the book “An Introduction to Parapsychology” and author of journal articles on parapsychology and paranormal beliefs. Research interests: replication issues in parapsychology, the psychology and parapsychology of precognitive dream experiences.

09:15
An evolutionary approach to anomalous intuition

Richard Broughton

Researcher and Senior Lecturer, Division of Psychology, University of Northampton, UK. Member of the Council of the Society for Psychical Research, UK. Consultant in projects and author of several book and journal papers on parapsychology. Author of the book “Parapsychology: The Controversial Science”. Research interests: intuition and decision-making and skin conductance responses.

09:50
Somatic components of intuition and Psi

Eva Lobach

Lecturer, researcher and Master’s degree in Psychological Research Methods, Onderwijsinstituut Psychologie, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands. Teaches Methods of Mathematics Research, Statistic and SPSS applied to Psychology and courses of scientific writing in Psychology. Supervises research projects of Master students in Psychology. Research interests: non-conscious physiological processes of intuition, methodology combining psychology with parapsychology research questions.

10:25
The reach of mind: bridging science and popular culture

Marilyn Schlitz

President and CEO, Institute of Noetic Sciences, Petaluma, California, EUA. Senior Scientist, Research Institute, California Pacific Medical Center. Adjunct Professor, Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, Palo Alto, California. Author and co-author of numerous papers on alternative and complementary medicine. Co-author of the books “Living deeply, The art and Science of Transformation” and “Consciousness & Healing: Integral Approaches to Mind Body Medicine”. Research interests: inner mechanisms of the healing response, extended human abilities, alternative and complementary medicines and spirituality and health.

13:00
Lunch
14:30
Oral presentations - BIAL Foundation's Fellows

Rui Mota Cardoso

Professor of Psychology, Faculty of Medicine, and Psychiatrist, Oporto, Portugal. Founder of the Portuguese Society of Psychosomatics and Portuguese Society of Psychodrama. Research interests: the therapeutic relationship and psychosomatic medicine.

16:00
Coffee, posters session and contacts with faculty
17:30
End of session
21:30
Evening encounter - Questions about and around intuition

Moderator | Mário Simões

Professor of Psychiatry and Consciousness Sciences, Faculty of Medicine of Lisbon, Portugal. Director of the Post-Graduation Course in Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, Faculty of Medicine of Lisbon. Research interests: psychology and psychophysiology of altered states of consciousness, ethnomedicine, human exceptional experiences and psychology and spirituality.

23:00
Close of day

3rd session - Intuition and Decision-making - Society

Moderator | Alexandre Castro-Caldas

Professor of Neurology, Director of the Health Sciences Institute of the Catholic University of Portugal, Lisbon, Portugal. Past President of the International Neuropsychological Society. Research interests: literacy/illiteracy and orthography and brain neurobiological substrates, aphasia and Parkinson's disease.

09:00
Opening remarks

Moderator | Alexandre Castro-Caldas

Professor of Neurology, Director of the Health Sciences Institute of the Catholic University of Portugal, Lisbon, Portugal. Past President of the International Neuropsychological Society. Research interests: literacy/illiteracy and orthography and brain neurobiological substrates, aphasia and Parkinson's disease.

09:15
The intuitive manager: understanding and applying gut feel in business decisions

Eugene Sadler-Smith

Professor of Neurology, Director of the Health Sciences Institute of the Catholic University of Portugal, Lisbon, Portugal. Past President of the International Neuropsychological Society. Research interests: literacy/illiteracy and orthography and brain neurobiological substrates, aphasia and Parkinson's disease.

09:50
Intuition in clinical decision-making

Cilia Witteman

Professor of Diagnostic Decision-Making, Behavioural Science Institute, Radboud University, Nijmegen, Netherlands and Professor at the Faculty of Psychology, University of Bergen, Norway. Teacher in Master courses on clinical decision-making and psychodiagnosis. Co-author of the book “Tracing Intuition: Recent methods in measuring intuitive and deliberate processes in decision making”. Research interests: knowledge representation and decision-making processes of professionals in the medical and mental health domain.

10:25
Researching and learning mathematics with a big help from intuition

Nuno Crato

Professor of Mathematics and Statistics, School of Economics and Management (ISEG), Lisbon. Dean of the Lisbon Technical University. President of the Portuguese Mathematical Society. Author and co-author of numerous papers on Economy and Statistics and of the books “A Matemática das Coisas” and “Passeio Aleatório”. Highest Citation Award from the Applied Financial Economics. Research interests: stochastic processes with computer, weather and financial applications, scientific communication in journals and television and reflection on teaching.

12:30
Discussion
13:00
Lunch
14:30
Round-table on Intuition and Decision-making

Chairman | Fernando Lopes da Silva

Emeritus Professor of General Physiology, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and Head researcher of the Higher Technical Institute (IST) of Lisbon, Portugal. Research interests: electrophysiology of the brain, origin of epileptic phenomena, neuronal networks in relation to memory, attention and consciousness.

Participants | Thomas Goschke, Dick Bierman (Moderator), David Myers