October 2016 – Neurocuriosity Workshop

In October, the Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development (Birkbeck) hosted the second neurocuriosity workshop, on information-seeking, curiosity and attention.

This workshop bought together experts in neuroscience, psychology, developmental psychology and computational modelling. The workshop also included an education focused discussion led by Derek Bell from Learnus.

Some of the talks were video recorded and have been uploaded to Youtube. You can view them here.

Neurocuriosity 2016 Photo

Date and location

6-8th October, British Medical Association, London


 Click here to download a full programme

Thursday 6th October: 9.00am-5.45pm

Behavioural and Cognitive Neuroscience

Matthias Gruber, Cardiff Univ., UK
Sid Kouider, ENS Paris, France
Doug Markant, Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Germany
Kou Murayama, Univ. Reading, UK
Jonathan Nelson, Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Germany
Jill O’Reilly, Univ. Oxford,UK

Friday 7th October: 8.30am-6.00pm

Computation and Electrophysiology

Gianluca Baldassare, ISTC-CNR, Roma, Italy
Andrew Bell, Univ. Oxford, UK
Peter Dayan, UCL London, UK
Kenji Doya, OIST, Okinawa, Japan
Laurence Hunt, UCL, London, UK
Karl Friston, UCL, London, UK
Manuel Lopes
 and Pierre-Yver Oudeyer, Inria, France and Univ. Lisbon, Portugal
Wolfram Schultz, Cambridge Univ., UK

Saturday 8th October: 8.30am-4.30pm


Daphne Bavelier, Univ. Geneva, Switzerland and Univ. Rochester, US.
Derek Bell (Learnus, UK)
Katarina Begus, Central European Univ., Budapest, Hungary
Alison Gopnick, UC Berkeley, US
Louise Goupil, ENS Paris, France
Lisa Feigenson, John Hopkins Univ., US

Lab demonstrations/tours will take place after talks at 3pm


Teodora Gliga (Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development, Birkbeck College, London)
Pierre-Yves Oudeyer (Inria, Bordeaux, France)
Jacqueline Gottlieb (Columbia University, NY, USA)
Manuel Lopes (Inria, Bordeaux, France)

Administrative Assistants

Candice Moore (Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development, Birkbeck College, London)
Nicolas Jahier (Inria, Bordeaux, France)


The meeting was generously sponsored by a British Academy Award to Teodora Gliga from the Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development (Birkbeck), and by INRIA through a collaborative grant to the organizers’ laboratories (Pierre-Yves Oudeyer/Manuel Lopes at Inria Flowers’s lab, and Jacqueline Gottlieb at Columbia University, USA).


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