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Neurocuriosity 2016 (Information-seeking, curiosity and attention)

Thursday, 6 October 2016 at 09:30 - Saturday, 8 October 2016 at 17:30 (BST)

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6th October 6 Oct 2016 Free  
7th October 6 Oct 2016 Free  
8th October (including education focused discussion) 6 Oct 2016 Free  

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The Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development (Birkbeck) is hosting the second neurocuriosity workshop, on information-seeking, curiosity and attention.




6-8 Oct. 2016, British Medical Association, London


Programme Thursday 6th October: 9.30am-5.30pm Behavioural and Cognitive Neuroscience

Matthias Gruber, Cardiff Univ., UK
Sid Kouider, ENS Paris, France
Doug Markant, Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Germany
Kou Murayama, Univ. Reading, UK
Jonathan Nelson, Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Germany
Jill O’Reilly, Univ. Oxford,UK

Friday 7th October: 9.30am-5.30pm Computation and Electrophysiology

Gianluca Baldassare, ISTC-CNR, Roma, Italy
Andrew Bell, Univ. Oxford, UK
Peter Dayan, UCL London, UK
Kenji Doya, OIST, Okinawa, Japan
Laurence Hunt, UCL, London, UK
Karl Friston, UCL, London, UK
Manuel Lopes
, and Pierre-Yves Oudeyer, Inria, France and Univ. Lisbon, Portugal
Wolfram Schultz, Cambridge Univ., UK

Saturday 8th October: 9.30am-3pm Development

Daphne Bavelier, Univ. Geneva, Switzerland and Univ. Rochester, US.
Derek Bell (Learnus, UK)
Katarina Begus, Central European Univ., Budapest, Hungary
Alison Gopnick, UC Berkeley, US
Louise Goupil, ENS Paris, France
Lisa Feigenson, John Hopkins Univ., US

Lab demonstrations/tours will take place after talks at 3pm

Thursday 6th October: 9.30am - 5.30pm
Friday 7th October: 9.30am - 5.30pm 
Saturday 8th October: 9.30am - 3pm including an education focused discussion (followed by optional lab tours)

Please check back soon for a detailed schedule.


The past few years have seen a surge of interest in the mechanisms of active learning, curiosity and information seeking, and this body of work has highlighted a number of highly significant questions regarding higher cognition and its development (for a recent review, see Tics13). One question is how subjects explore to build explanatory models of their environment, and how these models further constrain the sampling of additional information. A related question is how the brain generates the intrinsic motivation to seek information when physical rewards are absent or unknown, and how this impacts cognitive development in the long term.

The goal of the meeting is to foster a vigorous exchange of ideas among pre-eminent researchers who investigate these questions in neuroscience, psychology, developmental psychology, and computational modeling. The meeting will be single-track and include sessions on behavior, cognitive neuroscience, computational modeling and single neuron physiology. It will also feature a discussion on education to allow those who study curiosity and attention to exchange ideas with those who nurture it in the classroom.


Pierre-Yves Oudeyer (Inria, Bordeaux, France)
Teodora Gliga (Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development, Birkbeck College, London)
Jacqueline Gottlieb (Columbia University, NY, USA 
Manuel Lopes (Inria, Bordeaux, France)

Administrative Assistants

Candice Moore (Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development, Birkbeck College, London)

Nicolas Jahier (Inria, Bordeaux, France)


The meeting is generously sponsored by INRIA through a collaborative grant to the organizers’ laboratories (Pierre-Yves Oudeyer/Manuel Lopes at Inria Flowers's lab, and Jacqueline Gottlieb at Columbia University, USA), and by a British Academy Award to Teodora Gliga from the Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development, Birkbeck.


Attendance is free but registration is required. Please ensure that your register for each day you will be attending. Places are limited therefore please register soon!

Video Presentations and slides from 2015

Web site of the 2014 edition of the symposium

Full Youtube playlist here


Do you have questions about Neurocuriosity 2016 (Information-seeking, curiosity and attention)? Contact the organiser

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British Medical Association - BMA
BMA House
Tavistock Square, Kings Cross
WC1H 9JP London
United Kingdom

Thursday, 6 October 2016 at 09:30 - Saturday, 8 October 2016 at 17:30 (BST)

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