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Workshop Brain and Behavior - May 8, 2017

This workshop offers the opportunity to explore and discuss current research, meet colleagues, expand and cultivate your networks, and to learn more about the research core area Brain and Behavior. We welcome researchers from all four universities in Graz, who are interested in our research. Our goal is to create an atmosphere of inspiration and exchange by providing food four thoughts but also food and refreshments in a literal sense.

The main event of the workshop will be a poster session exhibiting current research results from all seven research fields within the research core area. We especially invite young scientists to use this opportunity for presenting their work. 

Workshop Brain and Behavior
8th of May, 9 am - 1 pm
Meerscheinschlössl (Mozartgasse 3)
Workshop language: English
Opening talk: Prof. Dr. Florian Hutzler (University of Salzburg)

Please let us know if you want to participate (see registration below).

See you soon,
Katja Corcoran


Opening Talk

Prof. Dr. Florian Hutzler (University of Salzburg)

From Brain to Mind: Reverse inference in Cognitive Neuroscience


Neuroscientific methods, such as fMRI, EEG or MEG, are potential tools for studying cognition. Cognitive scientists try to identify the neural correlates of cognitive processes in order to refine cognitive theories and to adjudicate on competing theories. When we infer a cognitive process from brain activation, we apply a type of reasoning known as Reverse Inference. Currently, however, reverse inference is considered with great reservation by the research community, because there is – as yet – no reliable way to estimate the certainty with which we can infer a cognitive process from brain activation. Furthermore, as yet, no formulation of reverse inference is available that is capable of handling multivariate connectivity and activation patterns. For EEG and MEG, there is a complete lack of the basic infrastructure for reverse inference. The current approaches to remedy this unfavourable situation (larger-and-larger databases or all-encompassing cognitive ontologies) have considerable limitations as long as fundamental issues remain unsolved. In order to achieve reliability of reverse inference, its formulation as well as the conceptualisation and development of adequate databases has to go hand in hand with the cognitive analysis of models and theories of human perception and behavior. It is concluded that reverse inference cannot be disregarded as a fallacy per se. Rather, the predictive power of reverse inference can even be “decisive”—dependent on the cognitive process of interest, the specific brain region activated, and the task-setting used.


If you just want to participate without poster please sent an email to Mrs. Schmelzer with your name and affiliation by April 7th.

If you want to present a poster please sent an email to Mrs. Schmelzer by March 26th including

  • your name and affiliation
  • title and abstract (max 250 words)
  • the research field from the list below to which your research belongs (if your research falls between or within two research fields, please indicate your first and second choice)

Research fields (and coordinators) within Brain and Behavior:

  1. Cognitive abilities and competence (Mathias Benedek)
  2. Learning, development, and neuro-plasticity (Stephan Vogel)
  3. Attention and decision making (Christof Körner)
  4. Motor processes and sensory perception (Veronika Schöpf)
  5. Emotion regulation and self regulation (Ilona Papousek)
  6. Individual, group, and organization (Paulino Jimenez)
  7. Health and well-being (Claudia Traunmüller)

Our goal is to have 2-3 poster in each research field.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask Mrs. Schmelzer or Prof. Corcoran.


Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Psych. Dr.phil.

Katja Corcoran

Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Psych. Dr.phil. Katja Corcoran Institut für Psychologie
Telefon:+43 316 380 - 8520

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