See Christian Ruff's OHBM2017 keynote speech here:
Some say life is about choices, and to be human is to make choices in a way that sometimes defies logic. Call it intuition or instinct, there is often more than meets the eye. Such choices are what make humans human, and Christian Ruff has committed his career to uncovering the inner workings of human decision making. This is human brain mapping near the “outer limits”.
BY NIKOLA STIKOV
Alan Evans is a natural storyteller. He has been with the OHBM since its very beginning, and he has the stories to show for it. We spent a pleasant afternoon in his office at the Montreal Neurological Institute (MNI), talking about the turbulent early days of the organization, peeling off the hidden layers of brain imaging, and wading through his memorabilia collection, which he affectionately calls ‘the little shop of horrors’. The central place in this collection is reserved for an old military helmet, which is only one of the many hats that Alan has worn for the society.
by NILS MUHLERT
See Kia Nobre's OHBM2017 keynote speech here:
Increasingly, evidence demonstrates how we proactively anticipate events, affecting our perception and cognitive performance. Your mood’s influence on memory is obvious, just think about having to re-read whole paragraphs when you’re tired, distracted or sedated. But even when you’re alert, highly dynamic anticipatory biases operating over brief timescales can affect attention and memory, influencing performance on a trial-by-trial basis.
BY AMANPREET BADHWAR & ESTRID JAKOBSEN (members of the Central Executive Committee of The Neuro Bureau and co-organizers of the 2017 OHBM Art Exhibition)
Science and art both seek to observe, record, and explain the world around us. While both have their own theoretical frameworks, evolving techniques, and different schools of thought, what is common for scientists and artists is the need to be creative and insightful to make meaningful contributions to their respective fields.
The arts and sciences can collaborate symbiotically. In doing so, they have the potential to create new knowledge, ideas and processes beneficial to both fields. Combining science and art allows scientists to showcase the creative thinking required by the scientific process outside the confines of the standard publishing formats, and allows artists to draw inspiration from sources outside their usual environments. In addition, neuroscience-based art grants a powerful means of public outreach for the scientific community, providing a stimulating common ground on which scientists and non-scientists can begin a conversation on complex themes. Conversely, exposing artists to the latest neuroscience research facilitates the translation of scientific concepts and novel technologies into artwork, which again is a powerful tool for raising the general public’s awareness of science.
In recent years, The Neuro Bureau has brought together neuroscience and art through the annual Brain Art Exhibition and Competition at OHBM. In addition to the upcoming show at the annual meeting in Vancouver, several local exhibitions showcasing submissions by artists and neuroscientists have taken place in Germany, France, and Canada. These local exhibitions extend the reach of the brain art initiatives beyond the OHBM community and raise awareness of neuroscientific research among the general public.
The most recent exhibition entitled “Reaching Beyond the Obvious” is currently being hosted in Montreal. The exhibition aims to foster a dialogue between neuroscience and the arts by bringing together works by artists and members of the neuroscientific community. By doing so, it aims to capture the beauty of the human brain through both literal and metaphorical representations.