Active and passive methods of the brain mapping

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CDM Workshop “Active and passive methods of the brain mapping

1-4 November 2014, Moscow, Russia

The Centre for Cognition and Decision Making (CDM) invites applications from undergraduates, graduate students and young researchers to participate in the intensive workshop “Active and passive methods of the brain mapping” organized during 1-4 November 2014 at CDM Centre of the National Research University “Higher School of Economics”

The workshop focuses on multifunctional tools for studying and decoding brain functions. The workshop program was jointly developed by the Higher School of Economics (HSE), Moscow State University for Psychology and Education (MGPPU), Lomonosov Moscow State University, St. Petersburg State University and Research Center "Kurchatov Institute" and BioN. Key lectures and workshops will be held at HSE (Laboratory of transcranial magnetic stimulation) and MGPPU (MEG center).

Modern technologies allow to significantly expand our understanding of how the brain works. Many important discoveries have been made in the field of functional and morpho-physiological brain mapping. Technologies such as TMS, MEG, fMRI can effectively evaluate the role of the various structures of the brain in specific problems, as well as gain an understanding of the complex work of the whole brain. The workshop participants have a unique opportunity to get the experience with these techniques, learn about their capabilities and shortcomings, and discuss them. The main attention is paid to the practical discussion on how to properly analyze the data obtained with these techniques, how to evaluate and interpret them. The program will be held in English by European, American and Russian teachers and instructors.

Tentative themes of the days:

  • Day 1: «Brain Mapping by MRI»
  • Day 2: «TMS and TDCS tools of active decoding of the human brain activity»
  • Day 3: «MEG and fMRI tool for passive decoding»
  • Day 4: «Neural interfaces»


The workshop involves a 4-day 6-hour format. In addition to lectures on each topic, the program includes practical sessions and roundtables. The next technologies will be demonstrated for participants: TMS, MEG, EEG, fMRI, eye tracking.

Application and selection procedure:

Students will be selected on a competitive basis. Applicants should have a basic knowledge of neuroscience and good commands in English. The application package includes CV and a personal statement. In the latter, applicants should specify: (i) their experience with neuroimaging tools, (ii) how they will apply neuroimaging methods in their current projects, (iii) their long-term goals in learning more about neuroimaging methods.

Applications should be submitted via the website page before October 1, 2014.

For all questions and queries, please, contact Evgeny Blagoveschensky :