Lecture series: Cultural Brain

A cross scientific lecture series and PhD-course in the intersection between culture, brain, health and learning. Exciting scientific findings in the crossroad between different research paradigms  in medical, natural and social sciences, humanitarians and arts.


When date and time is fixed for a lecture, an announcement will be published.
To obtain e-mail announcement for each lecture, plese contact henrik.branden@ki.se

Among invited speakers:

Meltzoff2Andrew N. Meltzoff is the Co-Director of the University of Washington Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences. He published a ground-breaking paper in Science 1977, showing that newborn infants can imitate facial and manual gestures. This became a paradigm shift because it was earlier believed that the infant brain was a blank slate. (Lectured Sept 24th, 15.30.)
teorell-tores3Töres Theorell is Professor Emeritus at the Stress Research Institute in Stockholm, involved in research with epidemiological databases on culture and other psychosocial work environment factors in relation to somatic and mental illness. (Lectured Nov 11th, 15.00.)
Kandel2Nobel laurate Eric Kandel, professor at the Department of Neuroscience at Columbia University, New York and Director of The Kavli Institute for Brain Science,  will talk on the topic from his award-winning book The Age of Insight: The Quest to Understand the Unconscious in Art, Mind, and Brain, from Vienna 1900 to the Present, (Lectured Dec 8th, 15.00)
Immordino-Yang373EdD Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, at University of Southern Califonia. She studies the neural, psychophysiological and psychological bases of social emotion, self-awareness and culture and their implications for learning. After giving a videotransmitted lecture last spring, she has promised to vist us in person this year.
LagercrantzHugoKvadratProfessor Hugo Lagercrantz at Karolinska institutet and Astrid Lindgrens children hospital studies childrens brains, their development and sensibility to different stimuli.  Senior Editor for Acta Paediatrica.  He lectures at March 3rd, 15.00.
LivingstoneMargarete2Professor Margarete Livingstone at Harvard Medical School has made groundbreaking studies on how brains recognize faces, and other aspects of visual perception relevant to perception and processing of visual art. She has co-authored an influential review on art and neuroscience (presentation in Swedish). She will give a lecture in April 9th.
gabrieli2Professor John Gabrieli at MIT, Massachusets. ”John Gabrieli’s goal is to understand the organization of memory, thought, and emotion in the human brain. By combining brain imaging with behavioral tests, he studies the neural basis of these abilities in human.” He has accepted our invitation for this spring.
PeretzIsabelle2Professor Isabelle Peretz at the International Laboratory for Brain, Music and Sound Research in Montreal. Her research interests include the biological foundations of music, brain organization principles for music, music-specific impairments and neural correlates of musical emotions. Isabella will give her lecture in May 2015.
goldProfessor Christian Gold at Grieg Academy Music Therapy Research Centre in Bergen studies the effect of music therapy on autism spectrum disorders, and has co-authered several meta-reviews on the effects om music therapy on various psychological disorders. He has promised to give a lecture during spring 2015.
Kraus317Professor Nina Kraus at Nortwestern University, Illinois, studies neurobiologic processes underlying language- an musical perception and learning-associated brain plasticity. She has promised to visit us and give a lecture in June 17th 2015.

To participate in the course

Apply by e-mail stating

  • Name
  • E-mail
  • Personal number
  • Position, Department and University/Higher Education Institution
  • Whether and where You formally are a research student
  • Short motivation why You want to follow the course (max 250 words).

sent to Henrik Brändén at henrik.branden@ki.se with cc Gunnar.K.Bjursell@ki.se.

Formalities about the course

The course is given in English from September 2014 through spring 2015.

If You are a master student, not yet registered as a PhD student or already have taken Your PhD, You are still very welcome to join the course.

Approximately eight workshops consisting of a lecture followed by informal discussions with the lecturer.

Examination through participation in discussions and a written home-exam. Number of ”högskolepoäng”: 2,0

If You have not attended to enough many lectures, there will be possibilities to see lectures on video, and discuss them at an extra miniseminar with the teatchers.

The course takes place at the Department of Microbiology, Tumor and Cell Biology. It is organized through the Board of Cultural Affairs of KI.

Responsible for the course: Professor Ingemar Ernberg, Department of Microbiology, Tumor- and Cell Biologi. Organisers: Professor Gunnar Bjursell (Gunnar.K.Bjursell@ki.se) and Henrik Brändén (henrik.branden@ki.se).