Memory and Mind:

Perspectives from Philosophy and Neuroscience


Ruhr University Bochum, Germany


7 Sept – 20 Sept 2014


European Summer School

Interdisciplinary course on memory and mind, integrating the fields of philosophy, neuroscience, psychology, computer science and medicine.

Course description:

The demands on young researchers in philosophy and the cognitive and neurosciences have increased dramatically during the last decade. Whereas many philosophers need to understand state-of-the-art empirical research in the cognitive and neurosciences, empirical scientists often face conceptual challenges which require philosophical knowledge and excellent analytic skills. From 7th Sept – 20th Sept 2014, the European Campus of Excellence summer school will be held at the Ruhr University Bochum, taking a truly integrative approach to contemporary problems in the areas of memory and mind. Gifted students from all over Europe meet with world-class scholars from all over the world to learn from each other, talk over and conduct research together. The young academics not only get the opportunity to deepen their knowledge on questions of memory and mind but also to get to know fellow students from other European universities. The summer school in Bochum is divided into four subsequent theoretical as well as four partly parallel experimental sections. Each theoretical section is dedicated to one core issue of research into the structure of memory and mind:

T1: Perception and Memory

T2: Emergence and Fate of the Memory Trace

T3: Sleep, Dream, Memory

T4: Emotion and Semantic Memory

On four days, the students will put the newly acquired information into use during hands-on experimental sessions.

E1: Neuronal Correlates of Recollection and Familiarity. An fMRI Investigation

E2: Behavioral and Molecular Correlates of Memory Function

E3: Computational Models of Associative Memory

E4: ERP Measurement and Semantic Comprehension

Additionally, the participants have the opportunity to present their own research and get feedback from eminent scholars.

Main speakers include:

Prof. Dr. Alessio Avenanti (U Bologna, Psychology)

Prof. Dr. Sven Bernecker (UC Irvine, Philosophy)

Prof. Dr. Jan Born (U Tübingen, Neuroendokrinology)

Prof. Dr. Carl Craver (U St Louis, Philosophy)

Prof. Dr. Jozsef Csicsvari (IST Klosterneuburg, Neuropharmacology)

Prof. Dr. Alain Destexhe (CNRS Gif-sur-Yvette, Neuroscience)

Prof. Dr. Kim Graham (Cardiff U, Psychology)

Prof. Dr. Michael Hasselmo (Boston U, Psychological & Brain Sciences)

Prof. Dr. Axel Mecklinger (Saarland U, Psychology)

Prof. Dr. Lynn Nadel (U Arizona, Psychology)

Prof. Dr. Karim Nader (McGill U, Neuroscience)

Prof. Dr. Albert Newen (U Bochum, Philosophy)

Prof. Dr. Craig Stark (UC Irvine, Neurobiology)

Prof. Dr. Thomas Suddendorf (U Queensland, Psychology)

Dr. Fabrice Teroni (U Bern, Philosophy)

Dr. Jennifer Windt (U Mainz, Philosophy)

Course prerequisites and target group:

The summer school addresses students from philosophy and the cognitive and neurosciences. It is open to Master & PhD students, as well as students at an advanced BA level (3rd year).

Applications are accepted from students performing studies at European universities or students studying outside Europe and holding European citizenship. We also encourage applications from Turkey and Israel.

Participation quota:

30 students


We are committed to admitting talented students from diverse backgrounds. Accepted applicants will receive a scholarship: tuition will be waived completely; travel, lodging and food will be mostly covered.


Ruhr University Bochum


Prof. Dr. Sen Cheng, Faculty of Psychology

Dr. Kevin Reuter, Department of Philosophy

Prof. Dr. Magdalena Sauvage, Faculty of Medicine

Prof. Dr. Boris Suchan, Faculty of Psychology

Prof. Dr. Markus Werning, Department of Philosophy


As many applicants had difficulties in getting together all necessary documents in time, we have now extended our application period for our Bochum course.

The new deadline will be 30 April 2014.

You will be notified of the outcome of the selection process by 30 May 2014.


Please visit the website of our application system:


We are looking forward to receiving your application!

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This summer school is supported by Stiftung Mercator and the Hertie Foundation. It is an initiative in the framework of the European Campus of Excellence (ECE).