Learning and Plasticity - LaP2020


Learning and Plasticity - LaP2020




Dear colleague,

LaP is a cross-disciplinary meeting that connects psychological and neuroscience research on the mechanisms of learning and brain plasticity. It is organized by the Åbo Akademi University, the University of Turku, the Turku Brain and Mind Center, and the CICERO Learning Network.

The 2020 meeting dates are April 5-8, 2020 (Sunday evening – Wednesday afternoon). The venue is the same as for the five previous annual meetings, namely Äkäshotel at the Äkäslompolo village.

A special theme of the 2020 meeting, addressed by the keynote as well as by symposium presentations, will be ”Videogaming and Cognitive Enhancement”. However, as before, most of the congress program will consist of free papers reflecting the broad spectrum of learning and plasticity research.

LaP 2020 keynote speaker Professor Simone Kühn at the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, Germany (see http://simonekuehn.com/). The title of her keynote is ”Brain structural and functional effects of video gaming”.

The five confirmed symposia at LaP2020 are as follows:

Uncovering underlying cognitive and neural mechanisms and individual differences to maximize cognitive training outcome using game-like approaches. Organized by Susanne Jaeggi. Speakers: Anna Stigsdotter Neely, Juan Ramos-Cejudo, Anja Pahor, Tilo Strobach.

Reading difficulties and audio-visual learning: neural bases and intervention effects. Organized by Paavo Leppänen & Teija Kujala. Speakers: Teija Kujala, Paavo Leppänen, Jarmo Hämäläinen, Yi-Fang Hsu.

Human goal-directed cognition and its malleability: fundamental questions. Organized by Juha Salmi. Speakers: Neil Burgess, Robert Logie, Matias Palva, Juha Salmi.

Gaming in language learning. Organized by Sari Ylinen & Maria Uther. Speakers: Katja Junttila, Maria Uther, Sari Ylinen.

Child media use and child development and wellbeing in the context of early life stress. Organized by Hasse and Linnea Karlsson. Speakers: Jani Kajanoja, Elisabeth Nordenswan, Riikka Korja.

Despite of its northern location way above the polar circle, the congress site is easy to reach e.g. by daily flight connections from Helsinki to the nearby airport at Kittilä. The congress program runs from afternoon to evening, enabling one to utilize the excellent possibilities for various winter sports and other outdoor activities during the long days in early April. Due to auditorium & poster space and to keep the meeting highly interactive, the number of participants is limited to 60. It is important to make travel arrangements in good time as the night trains and the flights tend to become fully booked due to the large number of tourists coming to enjoy the unique Lappish Spring.

Hope to see you at the Heart of Finnish Lapland in Spring 2020!

The LaP Scientific Committee,

Matti Laine, Abo Akademi University, Finland (Chair)

Lars Bäckman, Karolinska Institute, Sweden

Susanne Jaeggi, University of California at Irvine, USA

Hasse Karlsson, University of Turku, Finland

Minna Lehtonen, University of Oslo, Norway

Marcus Meinzer, University Medicine Greifswald, Germany

Lars Nyberg, Umeå University, Sweden

Juha Salmi, Aalto University, Finland


  • Symposium proposals by November 15, 2019 by email to matti.laine@abo.fi –CLOSED
  • Abstract submission by the end of January 15, 2020 (Eastern European time) — CLOSED
  • Congress registration early-bird deadline by the end of February 15, 2020