Decade of the Brain
[Proclamation] [Activities] [Publications & Tapes] [Other Links]
[Decade of Brain Logo]

Understanding Our Selves:
The Science of Cognition

Program Schedule

Go to RealVideo archive at NIMH

9 a.m. Welcome
  • James H. Billington, D.Phil., The Librarian of Congress
  • Steven E. Hyman, M.D., Director, National Institute of Mental Health, National Institutes of Health
  • Senator Pete Domenici (New Mexico)
9:15 - 10:00 a.m.
  • V.S. Ramachandran, M.D., Ph.D., Professor and Director, Center for Brain and Cognition, University of California-San Diego
    "The Artful Brain: What Neurology Can Tell Us of Human Nature and the Meaning of Art"
10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Panel: "The Varieties of Cognition"
  • Steven E. Hyman, M.D., moderator
  • Larry R. Squire, Ph.D., Research Career Scientist, VA Medical Center, San Diego; Professor of Psychiatry and Neuroscience, University of California-San Diego School of Medicine
    "Conscious and Unconscious Memory Systems of the Brain
  • Robert Desimone, Ph.D., Scientific Director, National Institute of Mental Health, National Institutes of Health
    "How the Brain Pays Attention"
  • Jonathan D. Cohen, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Psychology and Director, Center for the Study of Brain, Mind and Behavior, Princeton University; and Associate Professor of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh
    "Online Thinking in the Brain"
11:00 a.m.

11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Panel: "Understanding Cognitive Disorders"

  • Steven E. Hyman, M.D., moderator
  • Bruce R. Rosen, M.D., Ph.D., Director, Massachusetts General Hospital NMR Center; Professor in Radiology, Harvard Medical School
    "The Future of Functional Imaging"
  • Daniel R.Weinberger, M.D., Chief, Clinical Brain Disorders Branch, National Institute of Mental Health, National Institutes of Health
    "Cognitive Circuitry and the Cell Biology of Schizophrenia"
  • Denise Park, Ph.D., Senior Research Scientist, The Center for Applied Cognitive Research on Aging, Institute for Social Research, The University of Michigan
    "The Aging Mind"
12:30 - 2:00 p.m.

Participating speakers, plus special demonstrations by:

  • Edward R. Flynn, Ph.D., Director, National Foundation for Functional Brain Imaging
  • Edgar A. (Ted) DeYoe, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Cellular Biology, Neurobiology and Anatomy, Medical College of Wisconsin
Additional exhibits:
  • Department of Neurology, University of California-Los Angeles Medical Center
  • National Institute of Mental Health, NIH
  • Live Satellite Video Tour of NIMH Labs filmed during the NAMI Convention in Chicago, July 2, 1999
2:00 - 3:45 p.m.
Panel: "Neuroscience and Society: Making a Difference"

Current research relating to treatment and prevention:

  • Steven E. Hyman, M.D., moderator
  • Eric Courchesne, Ph.D., Professor of Neurosciences, School of Medicine, University of California-San Diego
    "A Decade of Research on Autism: From Mystery to Insight and Hope"
  • Martha Bridge Denckla, M.D., Director, Developmental Cognitive Neurology, The Kennedy Krieger Institute; and Professor of Neurology, Pediatrics, and Psychiatry, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
    "Beneath the Surface: Imaging Reveals Subcortical Brain Factors Underlying Learning Disabilities"
  • Guinevere Eden, D. Phil., Assistant Professor, Georgetown University Medical Center
    "Using Functional Brain Imaging to Study the Reading Brain"
  • Steve Petersen, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Neurology and Neurological Surgery, Washington University School of Medicine
    "Studies of Memory: Implications for 'Born to Learn'"
3:45 p.m.

4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Panel: "Neuroscience and Society: The Promise of Neuroscience"

  • Sandra Blakeslee, The New York Times, moderator
  • Bruce S. McEwen, Ph.D., Professor and Head, Harold & Margaret Milliken Hatch Laboratory of Neuroendocrinology, The Rockefeller University
    "Stress, the Brain, and Our Mental and Physical Health"
  • V.S. Ramachandran, M.D., Ph.D.
  • Steven E. Hyman, M.D. Closing remarks

Go to: Program Summary

Library of Congress
Library of Congress Help Desk (01/03/2000)