Full Program

1. Approved Plenary Lectures


1st Plenary conference
Invited Speaker: Prof. Pierre-Paul Vidal, Head, COGNAC-G Université Paris Descartes-CNRS UMR-MD-SSA, Paris, France
Conference title: Quantification of human sensorimotor behavior in the field and resulting databases
Presenter: Prof. José M. Delgado-García 


2nd Plenary conference
Invited Speaker: Prof. Salvador Martínez, Head of the Instituto de Neurociencias, CSIC and Miguel Hernández University, Alicante, Spain
Conference title: Mild cortical dysplasia as a model of mental disorder
Presenter: Prof. Agnès Gruart


3rd Plenary conference
Invited Speaker:  Prof. Chris De Zeeuw, Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience, Amsterdam 1105 CA, Netherlands
Conference title: It takes two to tango: Cerebellar modules and learning rules
Presenter: Dr. Rocío Leal-Campanario


4th Plenary conference
Invited Speaker:  Prof. Dr. Yoshikazu Isomura, Brain Science Institute, Tamagawa University, Tokyo, Japan
Conference title: Cortical, hippocampal and striatal activations during reward-seeking behaviors
Presenter: Minoru Tsukada


5th Plenary conference
Invited Speaker: Prof. Dr. Guo-Qiang Bi, School of Life Sciences, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, China
Conference title: Synaptic plasticity and emergent network dynamics
Presenter: Prof. Rubin Wang


6th Plenary conference
Invited Speaker: Prof. Dr. Wu Li, State Key laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience and Learning and IDG/McGovern Institute For Brain Research, Beijing Normal University in China, Beijing, China
Conference title: Dynamic visual processing through top-down influences and perceptual learning
Presenter: Prof. Barry J. Richmond


Approved Symposia


Symposium 1

Organizer: Dr. Miguel A. Merchán, INCYL, Salamanca University, Salamanca, Spain

Title: Neurodynamics of coincidence detection: From synapses to behavior

Summary: The dynamic integration of separate stimuli within a short time window has been referred to as coincident detection. This property of the nervous system is involved in Hebbian learning, binaural localization, amplitude modulated sound coding or visual attention among other neural associative processes. Due to its temporal resolution in the range of milliseconds as well as the proposed mechanisms which underlie detection, it can be considered as one of the most dynamic and intriguing properties of the neurons. In this symposium we will address the state of the art of coincidence detection under molecular, physiological, structural and behavioural points of view.


1. Dr. Alberto Ferrús, Instituto Cajal, CSIC, Madrid, Spain. Coincident synapses as potential structures for coincidence detection
2. Dr. Carlos Acuña, Universidad de Santiago, Santiago de Compostela, Spain. Neurodynamics of a perceptual decisión
3. Dr. Philip X. Joris, Laboratory of Auditory Physiology, Leuven, Belgium. Monaural and binaural coincidence detection in the auditory system
4. Dr. Ray Meddis, Essex Hearing Research Laboratory, University of Essex, Colchester, U.K. Coincidence detection, absolute threshold and pitch perception

Symposium 2

Organizer: Dr. Jan Lauwereyns, Kyushu University, Nishi-ku, Fukuoka, Japan

Title: Comprehensive Neurophilosophy -- a Tribute to Walter J. Freeman

Summary:  The field of cognitive neurodynamics was shaped in large part thanks to the groundbreaking contributions by Walter J. Freeman, rethinking the entire field of neuroscience through emphasis on dynamics, complex systems, and non-representational approaches to the interaction between brain, mind, and the world. In this symposium we honor his legacy by revisiting the core concepts from Freeman's work, and their enduring validity in developing a critique of neuroscience and philosophy of mind. Themes addressed in this symposium include the mathematics of chaos and self-organization, the framework of predictive coding, the rationalist and intuitive facets of moral development, and the experience of self.


1. Dr. Ichiro Tsuda, Hokkaido University, Hokkaido, Japan. Self-organization with constraints: The significance of invariant manifolds
2. Dr. Nobuo Kazashi, Kobe University, Kobe, Japan. On the “Discontinuous continuity” of the self: memory, attention, and mindful breathing
3. Dr. Anton Luis Sevilla, Kyushu University, Nishi-ku, Fukuoka, Japan. Mindful education and the Kyoto School: contemplative pedagogy, enactivism, and the philosophy of nothingness
4. Dr. Jan Lauwereyns, Kyushu University, Nishi-ku, Fukuoka, Japan. Beyond Prediction: Self-Organization of Meaning with the World as a Constraint

Symposium 3

Organizer: Dr. Laura Roa, Biomedical Engineering, Engineering School, Seville, Spain

Title: Neural Engineering

Summary: The last years have seen a renewed interest for the advances on neural science and engineering. While the main focus is still based on the diagnosis and treatment of diverse neural disorders including cognitive impairments, the emergence of novel brain-stimulation technologies provides promising pathways to improve cognitive performance. This symposium brings together different experts that can provide a comparative analysis of methods and techniques in the area of neural engineering. The topics range from neuromodulation and neural plasticity to brain-computer interfaces, including advances on neural signal processing and novel approaches to neural stimulation.


1. Dr. José Luis Pons Rovira, Biomedical Engineering Group, CSIC, Madrid, Spain. Technology-driven Neuromodulation and neural plasticity: stroke and iSCI
2. Dr. Roberto Hornero Sánchez, Grupo de Ingeniería Biomédica, Valladolid University, Valladolid, Spain. Neurocognitive training by means of a motor imagery-based Brain Computer Interface in the elderly
3. Dr. Javier Reina Tosina, Biomedical Engineering, Engineering School, University of Seville, Seville, Spain. Intra-body Communications as an Emerging Approach to Neuromodulation
4. Dr. Christopher James, University of Warwick, Warwick, UK. Independent Component Analysis in brain signals

Symposium 4

Organizer: Dr. Agnès Gruart, Division of Neurosciencies, Pablo de Olavide University, Seville, Spain

Title: Learning about learning: different scientific edges

Summary: Although learning and memory is often approached as a unique concept, many different functional states are probably underlying these complex processes. Multiple learning types could require different circuits activated at very precise times and modulated by changing internal (neural) and external (cues and contexts) states. In this symposium, we plan to present and to discuss about learning strategies and how different methodological and conceptual approaches can help to identify the basic mechanisms that sustain them.


1. Dr. Agnès Gruart, Divison of Neurosciences, Pablo de Olavide University, Seville, Spain. When and where learning is taking place during instrumental learning
2. Dr. Cyril Herry. Neurocentre Magendie, INSERM U862, Université Bordeaux Segalen, Bordeaux, France. The role of the prefrontal cortex role in fear behavior.
3. Dr. Victòria Puig, Barcelona Biomedical Research Park (PRBB) and Hospital del Mar Medical Research Institute, Barcelona, Spain. Serotonin modulation of the neuronal activity and brain waves in the prefrontal cortex.
Title: "Abnormal prefronto-hippocampal network dynamics during memory impairment in a mouse model of Down syndrome"
4. Dr. Miguel Remondes, Instituto de Medicina Molecular, Lisbon, Portugal. Brain maps for choice behaviors.

Symposium 5

Organizer: Dr. José Luís Cantero

Title: Cerebral markers of vulnerable aging: from structure to function

Summary:  A major challenge in aging research is to establish the biological boundaries between normal aging and asymptomatic Alzheimer’s disease (AD), paving the way for therapeutic intervention decades before the neuropathological cascade give rise to irreversible damage in brain circuits. Therefore, searching for reliable biomarkers of vulnerable aging is increasingly important to anticipate accelerated cognitive decline in asymptomatic elderly individuals. In this symposium, we will present results on different aspects of the functional anatomy of the brain affected by aging and additionally related to prodromal stages of AD, using structural and functional neuroimaging techniques.


1. Dr. Heidi Jacobs, Alzheimer Centre Limburg, Maastricht University, Maastricht, The Netherlands. Lifespan trajectories of locus coeruleus resting-state functional connectivity
2. Dr. Mercedes Atienza, Laboratory of Functional Neuroscience, CIBERNED, Pablo de Olavide University, Seville, Spain. Cortical oscillatory changes associated with memory formation in normal aging and prodromal stages of Alzheimer's disease
3. Dr. Julio Acosta Cabronero, German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases, Magdeburg, Germany. White matter microstructural and biochemical change probed with MRI: a neurodegenerative disease perspective
4. Dr. Jose L. Cantero, Laboratory of Functional Neuroscience, CIBERNED, Pablo de Olavide University, Seville, Spain. The cholinergic system and REM sleep in mild cognitive impairment

Symposium 6

Data analysis and mathematical modeling for dynamic brain ― Dedicated to Walter J. Freeman

Various kinds of dynamic phenomena such as periodic, quasiperiodic and chaotic oscillations, and further complex transitory dynamics, each of which occurs in both synchronized and desynchronized phases, have been observed in the brain at some spatio-temporal scales. To clarify how such dynamics is generated and how they relate to functions and behaviors, intensive cooperation of researchers with different disciplines is needed. The symposium aims to discuss advances in the fields of mathematical modeling, neurocognitive and behavioral experiments and statistical analyses, concerning the above-mentioned dynamic behaviors in the brain, and possibly to present new perspectives for collaborative studies about the dynamic brain.

Symposium organizers/chairs:  
  • Dr. Yutaka Yamaguti (Fukuoka Institute for Technology, Japan)
  • Dr. Akihiro Yamaguchi (Fukuoka Institute for Technology, Japan)
  • Prof. Ichiro Tsuda (Hokkaido University, Japan)
Confirmed participants:
  • Dr. Yuichi Katori (Future University Hakodate, Japan)
  • Prof. Jan Lauwereyns (Kyushu University, Japan)
  • Prof. Shigetoshi Nara, (Okayama University, Kita-ku, Okayama, Japan)
  • Prof. Shozo Tobimatsu (Kyushu University, Japan)
  • Dr. Hiromichi Tsukada (Okinawa Institute for Science and Technology, Japan)
  • Prof. Rubin Wang (East China University  of Science and Technology, China)
  • Prof. Shozo Tobimatsu (Kyushu University, Japan)
    Functional significance of neural oscillations in humans
  • Prof. Rubin Wang (East China University  of Science and Technology, China)
  • Dr. Yuichi Katori (Future University Hakodate, Japan)
    Dynamical memory association mechanism in multi-layer neural network
  • Dr. Hiromichi Tsukada (Okinawa Institute for Science and Technology, Japan)
    Mathematical modeling and dynamical analysis using structural-functional connectivity in the common marmoset monkey
  • Prof. Jan Lauwereyns (Kyushu University, Japan)
    Bias versus Sensitivity in Cognitive Processing: A Critical, but Often Overlooked, Issue for Data Analysis
  • Prof. Shigetoshi Nara
    A pseudo-neuron device and firing dynamics of their networks similar to neural synchronizing phenomena between far distant fields in brain

Symposium 7

Organizer: Dr. Juan de los Reyes Aguilar, Grupo de Neurofisiología Experimental, Hospital Nacional de Parapléjicos, Toledo, Spain.

Title: The states of the brain: a dynamic puzzle to create daily behaviors

Summary:  The brain states are an important feature linked to daily behaviors and the key to properly understand how the brain integrates the sensory information in order to produce responses. Moreover, it has been shown that if an aberrant neural activity takes place in one or more brain structures, alterations of brain states could be produced. At the same time, alterations of brain states could be used as biomarkers for some neurological diseases. This symposium is intended to discuss the relation between neural activity, natural brain states and neurological pathologies from different perspectives: synaptic level, neural population dynamics and the strength of connections between cortical areas.


1. Dr. María Victoria Sánchez-Vives, ICREA and IDIBAPS, Barcelona, Spain. Cortical dynamics in different consciousness states
2. Dr. Oscar Herreras, Instituto Cajal, CSIC, Madrid, Spain. Using pathway-specific LPFs to disclose the neuron populations and networks involved in brain state changes
3. Dr. Jaime Gómez-Ramírez, Departamento de Neuroimagen, Fundación CIEN, CTB-UPM, Madrid, Spain. Causality in brain dynamics: pitfalls and hope
4. Dr. Juan de los Reyes Aguilar, Grupo de Neurofisiología Experimental, Hospital Nacional de Parapléjicos, Toledo, Spain. The cortical states after Spinal Cord Injury: relevance in neural plasticity

Symposium 8

Organizer: Dr. Yoshikazu Isomura, Brain Science Institute, Tamagawa University, Tokyo, Japan

Title: Tamagawa Dynamic Brain Forum - Beyond neural representation

Summary:  So far, many researchers have electrophysiologically described spike activity changes that are correlated with animal’s cognition and behavior as neural representation. Such an approach was practically powerful enough to determine a specific function of each brain area. However, the neural representation alone never tells us actual dynamics of neuronal interactions in a network of the brain. In this symposium, we will show our physiological and theoretical approaches to explore the cerebrum dynamics beyond the neural representation. The Dynamic Brain Forum is co-sponsored by Tamagawa University (Japan).


1. Drs. Hiromichi Tsukada and Minoru Tsukada, Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology, Kunigami, Japan, and Brain Science Institute, Tamagawa University, Tokyo, Japan. A structure and function of hippocampal memory networks in consolidating spatiotemporal contexts.
2. Drs. Makoto Ito1 and Kenji Doya2, 1Neural Computation Unit, Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology, Okinawa, Japan and 2 PROGRESS TECHNOLOGIES, Inc., Koto-ku, Tokyo, Japan. Information coded in the striatum during decision making.
3. Dr. Taro Toyoizumi, RIKEN Brain Science Institute Saitama, Japan. Efficient signal processing in random networks that generate variability: A comparison of internally generated and externally induced variability
4. Dr. Yoshikazu Isomura, Brain Science Institute, Tamagawa University, Tokyo, Japan. The Multi-Linc method reveals spike dynamics in cortical projection neurons.
5. Dr. Xiaochuan Pan, Institute for Cognitive Neurodynamics, East China University of Science and Technology, P.R. China. Injection of muscimol into prefrontal cortex impairs monkey’s reward transitive inference

Symposium 9

Organizer: Dr. Hans Liljeström, Dept. of Energy and Technology, SLU, Uppsala, Sweden

Title: Metastability and Phase-Transitions in Neural, Mental and Social Systems
Summary:  Brain structures are characterized by their complexity in terms of organization and dynamics. This complexity appears at many different spatial and temporal scales, with resulting transient micro-, meso- and macroscopic dynamical patterns. The high complexity of neural systems is partly a result of the web of non-linear interrelations between levels and parts, with positive and negative feedback loops. This in turn introduces thresholds, lags and discontinuities in the dynamics, which results in instability or metastability, where the system may shift rapidly from one state to another. By studying various kinds of transitions in the brain dynamics, we may be able to reveal fundamental properties of the brain and its constituents, also relating to cognitive and consciousness-related processes and transitions. We explore our world in a perception-action cycle, where our perceptions and actions develop and are refined through interaction with the complex and changing environment, in which we are embedded. The processed-assessed information from our environment, together with our inherited traits, provides a basis for our behaviors, which primarily ensues from a specific cognitive process, decision making. The decision making process can be seen as a transition in a metastable neural system, where the decision made by an individual could shift depending on both internal and external, in particular social context. For humans, social interaction is crucial for our cognitive and conscious capacities. The interactions between individual brains in social contexts may result in emergent phenomena at a super macro level. This symposium is intended to address some of the challenges in relating processes and state transitions at different scales from neural to mental to social systems, in what could be termed psycho-social neurodynamics. Psycho-social neurodynamics adds a new superordinate level where collective phenomena emerge across organisms, which may lead to dynamic multiscale descriptions that will ultimately reinforce the entire field of neurodynamics.

  1. Dr. Hans A. Braun. Department for Neuroendocrinology and Neurodynamics, Institute of Physiology, Philipps University of Marburg, Marburg, Germany. Noise as a source of flexible decision making
  2. Dr. Azadeh Hassannejad Nazir. Biometry and Systems Analysis, Department of Energy and Technology, SLU, Uppsala, Sweden. A neuro-cognitive model for social decision making
  3. Dr. Paul Rapp. Department of Defense, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD, USA. Psychoanalysis, cognitive neuroscience and dynamical systems theory.
  4. Dr. Emmanuelle Tognoli, Center for Complex Systems and Brain Sciences, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, USA. On the nature of coordination in nature.
  5. Dr. Alessandro Villa. Laboratory of Neuroheuristics, University of Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland. Decision making in young adults with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder.
  6. Dr. James Wright. Department of Psychological Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand. Cortical synaptic development and consequences for information processing

Symposium 10

Organizer: Dr. Toshishisa Tanaka,   Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, and Dr. Jianting Cao, Saitama Institute of Technology, Japan
Title: Analysis of electrophysiological signals in brain dynamics


  1. Drs. Daqing Guo*, Wei Jing, Yan Cui, Yang Xia, Dezhong Yao, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China. Functional connectivity of the rat default mode network
  2. Drs. Zhaoyang Qiu, Jing Jin*, Hanhan Zhang, Yu Zhang, Xingyu Wang, East China University of Science and Technology. A new  paradigm based on dynamic visual stimulation in BCI
  3. Drs. Xiaxia Xu, Zhuo Yang, Tao Zhang*,  Nankai University, P.R.China. Alpha phase is regulated by Gamma power in mouse hippocampus
  4. Drs. Xiaochen Zhang, Tao Zhang, Zhuo Yang*,  Nankai University, P.R.China. Notch1 signaling pathway and autophagy are involved in the voluntary running-induced hippocampal neurogenesis
  5. Drs. Hongyan Cui1, Guangsheng Li2,3, Jiangbo Pu1, Cheng Kang3, and Hu Yong1,2. 1Institue of Biomedical Engineering, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences & Peking Union Medical College, Tianjin. P.R.China.2Spinal division, Department of Orthopedics, Affiliated Hospital of Guangdong Medical University, Guangdong, P.R. China.3Shenzhen Key Laboratory for Innovative Technology in Orthopedic Trauma, The University of Hong Kong-Shenzhen Hospital, Shenzhen, P.R. China. 4Department of Orthopedics and Traumatology, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong. P.R.China. Trial-To-Trial Latency Variability of Somatosensory Evoked Potential as an indication of spinal cord demyelination
  6. Drs. Arao Funase*, Yusuke Fukushima, Ichi Takumi. Nagoya Institute of Technology, Japan. Movement-related cortical potential in saccadic eye movements with Cued-movement task
  7. Drs. Atsuhiro Ichidi*, Toshishisa Tanaka*, and Yuka Hanafusa+,*. Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, +Okayama East Neurosurgery Hospital. Motor Imagery EEG During Movement Observation: A Comparison between Stroke and Healthy Subjects
  8. Drs. N. Morita and Y. Washizawa. University of Electro-Communication, Japan. Asynchronous stimulation method for N100-P300 Speller.
  9. Drs. Xuying Xu*, Rubin Wang*, Jianting Cao^. *East China University of Science and Technology, China. ^Saitama Institute of Technology, Japan. The influence of sodium current on spontaneous spiking in up and down activities

Symposium 11

Organizers:  Dr. Steven L. Bressler, Dpt. Of Psychology, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Ratón, USA and Dr. Raudel Sánchez-Campusano, Division of Neurosciences, Pablo de Olavide University, Seville, Spain.

Title: Cognitive dynamics of large-scale brain circuits - a Tribute to Walter J. Freeman

Summary:  Cognitive function is thought to emerge from the coordination of brain areas in large-scale brain circuits, and cognitive dysfunction may result from their dyscoordination. The large-scale network dynamics perspective has therefore taken on special importance in modern cognitive neuroscience, neuropsychology, and neuropsychiatry. A crucial focus in the study of large-scale brain circuits is the view of cognitive dynamics as a reflection of brain network function. This focus treats brain areas as network nodes and inter-areal functional relations as network edges. It seeks to answer basic questions about how the functional interdependency of brain areas relates to cognition. Current research in this field deals with topics concerning distributed neuronal population activity and its relation to cognitive functions such as perception, decision-making, learning and long-term memory consolidation, working memory, and top-down attention. The speakers in this symposium will address issues relating to the cognitive dynamics of large-scale brain circuits that they have encountered in their own research.


1. Dr. Gustavo Deco, Department of Information and Technologies, UPF, Barcelona, Spain. Whole-Brain Models: Identifying Brain States
2. Dr. Steven L. Bressler, Dpt. Of Psychology, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Ratón, USA. Anticipatory Top-Down Inter-Areal Cortical Coupling
3. Dr. Ernesto Pereda, Department of Industrial Engineering, University of La Laguna. Spain. Dynamical Patterns of Brain Networks as Neuronal Correlates of Aesthetic Appreciation
4. Dr. Julien Vezoli, Ernst Strügmann Institute for Neuroscience in Cooperation with Max Planck Society, Frankfort, Germany. Large-Scale Dynamics of Frequency-Specific Cortical Interaction Maps
5. Dr. Raudel Sánchez-Campusano, Division of Neurosciences, Pablo de Olavide University, Seville, Spain. Functional States of Cortical-Subcortical Network Nodes

Symposium 12

Organizer: Dr. Xu Lei, Sleep and neuroimaging Center, Faculty of Psychology, Southwest University in China, Chongqing, China.

Title: Dynamic modelling of EEG and fMRI



1. Dr. Xu Lei, Faculty of Psychology, Southwest University, Chongqing, China. Dynamic functional connectivity during sleep: a combined EEG/fMRI study
2. Dr. Daqing Guo, School of Life Science and Technology, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, Chengdu, China. Biophysical models of absence seizures
3. Dr. Yin Tian, Bio-information College, Chongqing University of Posts and Telecommunications, Chongqing 400065, China. Spatial-temporal neuroimaging of response inhibition
4. Dr. Quanying Liu, Neural Control of Movement Laboratory, ETH Zurich, 8057 Zurich, Switzerland. High-density EEG permits the detection of resting state networks