Topics - Movement - BRAIN BODY COGNITION


List of topics for the 2022 conference on “Movement: Brain, Body, Cognition”

Motor-Cognitive Interactions

At this year’s conference, besides our main topics (listed below), we will have a special focus on these topics:

* Brain-Gut Connection and Movement.

* Gender issues in Movement and Cognition.

* Neuropsychology of cognitive-motor interaction (evaluation and treatment).

* Physical Education as a tool for cognitive improvement.

* Development and Aging.


New directions in Rehabilitation Science

Reintegration of Movement and Cognition after injury, functional neurosurgery, DBS, lesions, Movement disorders and cognitive disabilities; Rehabilitation methods and results; Movement and Neuroplasticity, Functional Connections and Disconnections, Applications in Movement Disorders. BDNF and learning.

Instrumentation, Technology and Measurement

Plasticity of the sensorimotor systems. neuromodulation to facilitate motor learning. Skill transfer, from robotic-assisted therapy to functional recovery. Transfer of training. Low energy laser applications, neurofeedback, direct vagus nerve stimulation, DBS, EEG, qEEG, kinesiological measurement, the measurement of motor learning and brain region reorganization, TMS, fMRI, DTI to study the sensorimotor motor-cognitive networks. Computational models of action selection and motor learning. Ergonomics and Human Factors Psychology.

Evolution of Movement as the Basis of Cognition

Motor origins of language and memory. Role of bipedalism in human cognition. From sensorimotor integration to cognitive development. Timing, the critical component to motor binding and ultimately cognitive binding, Primitive reflexes, postural reflexes, socialization and cognition.  Primitive reflexes are remnants of phylogenetic movement patterns and are critical to cognitive development. Synchronization, coordination and integration of networks are directly related to motor development and synchronized movement, functional and anatomical architecture of motor action.

Human Development

Fetal movement and learning and imitation, maintenance of primitive reflexes and cognitive function, development of movement synergies and cognitive interaction, learning and movement, Movement development, Neuroeducation in the schools,

Do women move differently than men?

The conference will give special attention to presenters who wish to address the issue of different movement and / or different thinking patterns of men and women.

Sport: Pushing cognitive limits

Robotics simulation of motor action. Coaching of motor tasks in Augmented (Virtual) Reality. Architecture of motor action. Motor expertise and the optimization of the elite athlete. Sport-movement and learning enhancement.

Genetics/Omics (genomics etc.)

Genetics and epigenetics of ADD/ADHD and autism in movement and cognitive application, developmental coordination disorder.

Environmental Influences

Functional neurology, functional immunology, functional foods, external influences on motor and cognitive function, environmental toxins.

Social Engagement

From timing to synchronization to socialization; Movement and communication; Gesture; Sign language; Group dynamics; Unspoken dialogue; Embodiment and empathy; the science of dance and implications for learning, rehabilitation, social engagement, entrainment theories, dance, music and art therapies as brain network facilitation mechanisms.

ADHD and Autistic Spectrum Disorders

Hemispheric-specific training, ADHD and primitive reflex reduction,  Influence of BDNF on cognitive-motor interaction in ADHD, virtual gaming for ADHD, Vestibular-motor-cognitive interactions in ADHD, Nutrition effects on cognitive-motor performance in ADHD.

Artificial Intelligence in Modeling Human Movement

Applications in robotics, and Brain-Computer Interface (BCI), Virtual Systems, Rehabilitation, Movement analysis and gait features, Computation techniques bridging motion and analysis and personal navigation, Fall prevention, Gait patterns using vector machines, Evolutionary methods, Computational modeling

Emotion-movement interaction

Moving to emote

Movement and pleasure
Emotions in sign language
Reading emotion in movement
Enkephalins and movement

Time for movement

 Moving in Time and circadian clocks
Temporal activity
Cognitive-Motor interactions in OCD


Additional potential topics:

Therapeutic Exercise * Ergonomics *Kinesiology * Motor Learning and Behavior * Sport and Exercise Psychology and Physiology * Biomechanics of Movement * Technology and Movement Sciences-Instrumentation * Developmental Aspects of Cognitive-Movement Interaction * Movement Disorders * Motor Control * Coordination and Vestibular Function  * Neuromodulation * Gait * Rehabilitation of Motor Dysfunction * Neuroscience of Dance * Optimizing Human Motor Performance * Cognitive Movement Interaction *Aging and Cognitive-Movement Interaction.

Workshop application areas:

Physiotherapy * In the footsteps of Feldenkrais * Restorative and Functional * Neurology * Kinesiology & Physical Education * Dance Therapy * Dancer’s Workshop * Technology Workshops for Rehabilitationists * Cognitive Movement Therapies.

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