Given how influential Alexander Luria’s work was and still is on many topics we discuss often here at SharpBrains.com, let us highlight the upcoming Luria Congress/ Moscow International Congress (yes, in Moscow) dedicated to the 110th anniversary of Alexander Romanovich Luria’s birth. “The year 2012 marks 110 years of the birth of Alexander Luria (1902–1977). To commemorate the life and scientific achievements of this world-renowned psychologist and the founder of the Russian neuropsychology, Moscow Lomonosow State University, in collaboration with the The Burdenko Neurosurgery Institute (where the first Russian neuropsychological laboratory was open) are pleased to announce Moscow International Congress. The Congress will be held in Moscow, from 20 to 22 September, 2012.”
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To Learn More about Alexander Luria, his mentor Lev Vygostky, and their influence on current applied neuroscience, you may want to read this conversation with Elkhonon Goldberg a few years back:
Alvaro Fernandez (AF): Elkhonon, maybe we could start with Vygotsky. At one of my Stanford classes, I became fascinated by his theory of learning. Which links into modern neuropsychology.
Dr. Elkhonon Goldberg (EG): Vygotsky proposed that learning requires internalization. And that internalization equals, literally, a change in the brain of the learner. Of course there weren advanced neuroimaging techniques those days, so scientists could only speculate about what happened in healthy brains. But they could carefully analyze what happened with patients who had suffered any kind of serious brain problem, from strokes to traumatic brain injury. And this is how neuropsychology was born: Alexander Luria, Vygotsky disciple, and my own mentor, was commissioned to help rehabilitate Russian soldiers with brain injuries during WWII. This provided invaluable clinical material for understanding the mechanisms of the healthy brain. Much of modern cognitive neuroscience rests its foundation in Luria’s work.