Bergen Group on Auditory Perception

Hemispheric Asymmetry and beyond: Auditory neuroscience in language and psychiatry research

On Friday, March 16th, 2018, we have the pleasure to honour Kenneth Hugdahl's 70th birthday with an international symposium. Several national and international speakers will contribute to this symposium that will cover a broad spectrum of recent developments in the research on auditory perception, hemispheric asymmetry, schizophrenia and auditory hallucinations. Also related aspects will be discussed, like ageing, the resting brain, and new neuroimaging methods. The symposium is organised by the Department of Biological and Medical Psychology (IBMP) at the Faculty of Psychology, University of Bergen, and it will take place at the Grand Terminus Hotel.

Kenneth Hugdahl
Thor Brødreskift

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Friday, March 16th, 2018



Grand Terminus Hotel

Zander Kaaes gate 6, 5015 Bergen




Conference opening

09:00  Bente Wold (Dean)

09:05  Robert Murison (Head of Department)

09:10  Kjetil Sundet (Editor Scandinavian Journal of Psychology)

Session 1: Clinical aspects 

Chair: Iris Sommer (University of Groningen / University of Bergen)

09:15 - 09:35     Iris Sommer: Personalized treatment of hallucinations

09:35 - 10:15     Ole A.  Andreassen: How can genetics help understand the relationship between cognitive dysfunction and schizophrenia?

10:15 - 10:55     Bjørn Rishovd Rund: What is the deficit and the course of cognitive functioning in schizophrenia?

10:55 - 11:10                           Coffee

Session 2: Current Methods in Cognitive Neuroscience

Chair: Karsten Specht (University of Bergen / University of Tromsø)

11:10 - 11:30     Karsten Specht: The functional and structural asymmetries of the superior temporal sulcus

11:30 - 12:10     Paul Mullins: Functional Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy: Theoretical considerations

12:10 - 12:50     Marcus Raichle: Principles of Cross-Network Communication in the Human Brain


12:50 - 13:50       Lunch


Session 3: Life-span perspectives

Chair: Rene Westerhausen (University of Oslo / University of Bergen)

13:50 - 14:10     Rene Westerhausen: How to get a left-ear advantage in verbal dichotic listening

14:10 - 14:50     Lars Nyberg: Aging Brain, Aging Mind

14:50 - 15:30     Heikki Hämäläinen: The right-side perceptual bias in aging determined in a laboratory setting and during a virtual driving task

15:30 - 15:45                           Coffee

Session 4: Wider social implications

Chair: Kristiina Kompus (University of Bergen / University of Tartu)

15:45 - 16:05     Kristiina Kompus: Attentional modulation of auditory processing

16:05 - 16:45     Michael F. Green: The basis of social disconnection in schizophrenia and the general population

16:45 - 17:15     Kenneth Hugdahl