Learning and Plasticity - LaP2022


Learning and Plasticity - LaP2022


latest update: August 1, 2021


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 University of Turku, the Åbo Akademi University, the Turku Brain and Mind Center, Aalto Brain Centre and the CICERO Learning Network.

After a pause due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our aim is to organize the next LaP meeting in Spring 2022, with the reservation that the pandemic situation will allow this. The meeting dates are April 24-27, 2022 (Sunday evening – Wednesday afternoon). The venue is the same as for the five previous annual meetings, namely Äkäshotel at the Äkäslompolo village.

The program will follow the special theme and overall structure of the 2020 meeting that we had to cancel right at the pandemic outbreak. Thus the special theme addressed by the keynote as well as by symposium presentations is ”Videogaming and Cognitive Enhancement”. Note however that as before, most of the congress program will consist of free papers reflecting the broad spectrum of learning and plasticity research, and do not have to be related to the special theme.

LaP 2022 keynote speaker is 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”.

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.

We hope that the next LaP meeting will be a great reunion and look forward to see you at the Heart of Finnish Lapland in Spring 2022!

The LaP Scientific Committee,

Minna Lehtonen, University of Turku, Finland (Chair)

Lars Bäckman, Karolinska Institute, Sweden

Susanne Jaeggi, University of California at Irvine, USA

Hasse Karlsson, University of Turku, Finland

Matti Laine, Åbo Akademi University, Finland

Marcus Meinzer, University Medicine Greifswald, Germany

Lars Nyberg, Umeå University, Sweden

Juha Salmi, Aalto University, Finland


  • Symposium proposals by November 15, 2021 by email to minna.h.lehtonen@utu.fi
  • Abstract submission by the end of January 15, 2022 (Eastern European time)
  • Congress registration via this website will open in December (note that there is no on-site registration)