Program

BC1: Introduction to Neuroscience

Lecture 1:
What does a neuroscientist do? Why do animals have nervous systems? What do nervous systems look like and how are they structured? What are neurons? How do they work and how do they talk to each other? Discussion 1: are nervous systems computers?

Lecture 2:
How do ner...

Instructor:

Till Bockemühl

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BC2: Dynamical Systems: A Navigation Guide

Session 1: Part I: Introduction: so many ways to classify models of dynamical systems! – Part II: A zoo of finite-state models: finite-state automata with and without input, deterministic and non-deterministic, probabilistic), hidden Markov models and partially observable Markov decision processes...

Instructor:

Herbert Jaeger

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BC3: Neural Networks and Machine Learning

TBA

Instructor:

Barbara Hammer

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BC4: Cognitive AI

TBA

Instructor:

Tarek Besold

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BC5: Philosophy of Mind

We will start with a general overview of philosophy of mind and its three main fields: the mind-body problem, phenomenal consciousness, and mental representation and intentionality. After that, we will enter Thomas Metzinger’s self-model theory of subjectivity, followed by a review of its recent a...

Instructor:

Wanja Wiese

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AC1: Neurobiology of Self and Embodiment

TBA

Instructor:

Marlene Bartos

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AC2: Modelling in Neuroscience and Psychiatry

We will start by getting an overview of modelling approaches in neuroscience and psychiatry, followed by a brief peek at some interesting results of these methods. Then we will delve deeper into the general challenges of developing, fitting, checking, and comparing models, with an emphasis on Bayesi...

Instructor:

Christoph Mathys

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AC3: Neural Networks for Cognition

Course content: In this course, we will look at how neural networks can help us to understand cognition. In particular, we will show how to construct simulations of biologically realistic neural networks, and how to organize these networks to produce cognitive behaviour. Most importantly, these ne...

Instructor:

Terry Stewart

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AC4: Developmental Robotics

TBA

Instructor:

Verena Hafner

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AC5: Philosophy of the Internal Body

This course will delve into questions about what role our internal body plays in cognition and experience. We will consider traditional questions about the bodily contribution to emotion and then ask whether current research in affective neuropsychology can give us answers to these yet. Focussing in...

Instructor:

Mog Stapelton

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SC1: Evolution, Development and Transitions in Individuality


We will introduce and explain the principles of evolution by natural selection and how biological and artificial systems fulfil these principles. Further we will discuss the logic of the genetic representation of evolution and alternative representations that emphasize the role of developmenta...

Instructor:

Tobias Uller

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SC2: Embodiment in Robots

TBA

Instructor:

Tom Ziemke

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SC3: Selfhood in Animals

TBA

Instructor:

Jennifer Fewell
Ted Pavlic

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SC4: Computation in Neural Circuits

TBA

Instructor:

Julijana Gjorgijeva

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SC10: Digital Empathy

We will start by looking at the history of digital empathy, slaves and masters, displacing  employment, ethics  and  The  Laws of  Robotics, military  kit and autonomous drones, psychopathic  robots, discussing people\'s irrational fears on the rise of intelligent machines such as HAL in pop...

Instructor:

Paul Mc Kevitt

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SC5: Self-Consciousness and Intersubjectivity

TBA

Instructor:

Kai Vogeley

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SC6: Self and Others in Communication

TBA

Instructor:

Alexandra Georgescu

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SC7: Self and Future: Optimism Bias

The course will focus on psychological and neuroimaging research that investigates biases in the perception of our future. It will encompass
i) an overview of empirical evidence for optimism bias,
ii) a closer look at recent methodological developments and findings relating to belief upd...

Instructor:

Bojana Kuzmanovic

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SC8: Me and my Brain: Neuroimaging and Stimulation

TBA

Instructor:

Christian Windischberger
Caroline Luft

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SC9: Me, My Self and AI: Constructing a “Self” in Social-Media

We have long been fascinated by the link between what one is and what one does. The person we see in the mirror may not be the person that others see, and while we are each the hero of our own story, we may well be the villain (or the comic relief) in the stories of others. Our words and our action...

Instructor:

Tony Veale

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SC11: Egopharmacology: Drug use and Neuroenhancement

In the first session a basic understanding of the psychopharmacological principles will be given. In the second session impairments of social cognition and behaviour observed in chronic cocaine and MDMA users will be discussed. Subsequently, we will have a debate on myths and facts of pharmacologica...

Instructor:

Boris Quednow

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SC12: Das Selbst und das Ich – Psychoanalytische Reflexionen

Attention: this course will be taught in German due to its language sensitive topic.

1. Sitzung: die Ich-Entwicklung, die Ich Funktion, Ich-Ideal,

2. Sitzung: Ich-Pathologie, Ich-Psychologie, Ich-Schwäche, Ich-Strukturstörung

3. Sitzung: das...

Instructor:

Bernd Deininger

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SC13: Altered States of Embodiment

I will give an introduction into the newest progress of embodiment research with a special focus on states of altered embodiment due to pathology or experimental manipulation. I will present data empirical evidence from animals and human research including a broad variety of methods ranging from neu...

Instructor:

Bigna Lenggenhager

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PC1: Experiential-group

If you are interested in perceiving different perspectives of “Me, My Self and I” you are very welcome to join our experiential group. In contrary to the mainly theoretical everyday work, this experiential group focus on living experience. Therefore we are using different tools of self-awarenes...

Instructor:

Annekatrin Reul
Sophie Vetter

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PC2: The Moving Self - Moving the Self

During the IK you will learn about a lot of different scientific concepts and theories about the self, the development of a self (in ontogeny and phylogeny), self-consciousness, self-awareness and the creation of artificial selves (persons), etc.
This course will focus on exploring our selves ...

Instructor:

Elisabeth Zimmermann

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PC3: Myo, Myself and I: Utilizing Myoelectric Data in User Interfaces for Hand Prostheses and beyond

The course will make participants feel like a cyborg in controlling systems with their muscle signals. Participants will construct their own user interface which analyzes muscle signals (myoelectric signals) to infer the user’s intended command in real time. Such user interfaces become increasingl...

Instructor:

Alexander Schulz
Cosima Prahm
Benjamin Paaßen

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ET1: Predictive Mind

TBA

Instructor:

Thomas Metzinger

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ET2: She–He–Me–BeHave: Biological Sex and Human Behavior

Science has a long history of discussing sex differences as either biologically determined, or culturally acquired. This talk will endeavour to build a bridge between those two standpoints and address the questions: What are the evolutionary foundations of sexual dimorphisms, how do they manifest du...

Instructor:

Elisabeth Oberzaucher

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ET3: The Mind is Dark and Full of Terrors – Mental Disorders in Popular Movies and TV-shows


Modern TV-shows are full of psychopathology. The lecture will provide an overview of some of the most important mental disorders as described in the International Statistical Classification of Diseases (ICD-10). Therefore, characters from popular movies and TV-Shows will be diagnosed.

Instructor:

Niklas Gebele

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ET4: Modeling Animal Minds Using Virtual Reality, Neurogenetics, and Computation

TBA

Instructor:

Andrew Straw

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