The Blind Brain Workshop 

on the Sensory Deprived Brain


October 11-13, 2018

Lucca (Tuscany, Italy)

Abstract submission is now open!

Each participant is welcome to submit a title and a 300-word abstract for a poster presentation

Deadline for abstract submission is July 31, 2018

Please send the abstract directly to: davide.bottari@imtlucca.it

Poster communication acceptance will be notified starting from July 2018

Purpose of the Workshop

The overall purpose of The Blind Brain Workshop is to highlight how the view of the brain has changed from the study of the sensory deprived model. Within this framework the Workshop aims to provide the optimal setting for a full immersion into the most recent research advancements on the sensory deprived brain, with the aim to tackle from multiple perspectives, conceptual and methodological challenges. We aim to gather scientists from all-over the world to understand the role of perceptual experiences in brain morphological and functional development and plasticity. We would like to provide the context for knowledge exchange and confrontation within the fields of research of sensory deprivation and brain plasticity.

The workshop will include the following scientific areas:

  • Experience-dependent brain plasticity
  • Experience-independent brain development
  • Sensory deprivation and restoration
  • Innovative approaches for the study of the sensory deprived brain
  • Comparative sensory-deprived models
  • Intramodal and Crodss-modal plasticity
  • Supramodality
  • Task/Functional Selectivity
  • Rehabilitative approaches after sensory loss (e.g. sensory substitution devices)
  • Novel Methods

Workshop Organizers

Pietro Pietrini

MomiLab Research Unit @ IMT School, Italy

Emiliano Ricciardi

MomiLab Research Unit @ IMT School, Italy

Maurice Ptito

University of Montreal, Canada

Brigitte Röder

BPN, Germany

Luca Cecchetti

MomiLab Research Unit @ IMT School, Italy

Giulio Bernardi

MomiLab Research Unit @ IMT School, Italy

Davide Bottari

MomiLab Research Unit @ IMT School, Italy



IMT School for Advanced  Studies Lucca

Piazza San Francesco, 19

55100 - Lucca, Italy


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