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Final reminder: Professional development opportunity with neuropsychologist Dr. Elkhonon Goldberg


We are pleased to share a fan­tas­tic pro­fes­sion­al devel­op­ment oppor­tu­ni­ty offered by the Luria Neu­ro­science Insti­tute and fea­tur­ing renowned neu­ropsy­chol­o­gist Elkhonon Gold­berg, Ph.D., ABPP.

Inaugural 5‑day Goldberg Brain-Mind Symposium (February 17–21st, 2020):

Dr. Gold­berg has been a fre­quent vis­i­tor to Bali for 30 years and is cur­rent­ly engaged in cross-cul­tur­al neu­ro­science research with two major Indone­sian uni­ver­si­ties. He per­son­al­ly designed this unique and com­pre­hen­sive event to dis­cuss cut­ting edge cog­ni­tive neu­ro­science and state-of-the-art clin­i­cal insights with a small group of par­tic­i­pants in one of the most icon­ic des­ti­na­tions in the world: Bali, Indone­sia.


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About the Speaker:

Elkhonon Gold­berg, Ph.D., ABPP. is a clin­i­cal neu­ropsy­chol­o­gist and cog­ni­tive neu­ro­sci­en­tist, Clin­i­cal Pro­fes­sor in the Depart­ment of Neu­rol­o­gy at NYU School of Med­i­cine, and Diplo­mate of The Amer­i­can Board of Pro­fes­sion­al Psy­chol­o­gy in Clin­i­cal Neu­ropsy­chol­o­gy. He has authored numer­ous research papers on func­tion­al cor­ti­cal orga­ni­za­tion, hemi­spher­ic spe­cial­iza­tion, frontal lobe func­tions and dys­func­tion, mem­o­ry and amne­sias, trau­mat­ic brain injury, demen­tias, and schiz­o­phre­nia. Gold­berg’s books The Exec­u­tive Brain (2001), The Wis­dom Para­dox (2005), and The New Exec­u­tive Brain (2009) have met with inter­na­tion­al acclaim. He coau­thored The Sharp­Brains Guide to Brain Fit­ness (2013), named a Best Book by AARP. A sought-after edu­ca­tor, he has lec­tured world­wide. Elkhonon Gold­berg was a stu­dent and close asso­ciate of the great neu­ropsy­chol­o­gist Alexan­der Luria.

About the Agenda:


  • Evo­lu­tion of the brain: from thal­a­mus to neo­cor­tex. Evo­lu­tion of neu­ropsy­chol­o­gy: from loci to net­works.
  • What is wrong with the clas­sic view of hemi­spher­ic spe­cial­iza­tion.
  • New approach­es to hemi­spher­ic spe­cial­iza­tion: Cog­ni­tive nov­el­ty vs cog­ni­tive rou­tines.
  • Hemi­spher­ic spe­cial­iza­tion across species, includ­ing humans.
  • Sex (or gen­der?) dif­fer­ences and cere­bral hemi­spheres. Why this is impor­tant for clin­i­cians.
  • Emo­tions, cere­bral hemi­spheres, and neu­rostim­u­la­tion for depres­sion.


  • Frontal lobes in evo­lu­tion.  Exec­u­tive func­tions and their com­po­nents.
  • The triple-deck­er: frontal lobes, stria­tum, and the dopamine sys­tems.
  • Neur­al basis of exec­u­tive func­tions. Sub­di­vi­sions of the frontal lobes.
  • Major frontal-lobe syn­dromes: dor­so­lat­er­al, orbitofrontal, retic­u­lo-frontal, and oth­ers.
  • Deci­sion mak­ing in ambigu­ous envi­ron­ments. Agent-cen­tered deci­sion mak­ing.
  • How ani­mal research helps under­stand human work­ing mem­o­ry.


  • Neu­ro­science of cre­ativ­i­ty. Neu­roimag­ing and genet­ic find­ings.
  • Hyper­frontal­i­ty and hypofrontal­i­ty in the nor­mal and abnor­mal brain.
  • Intel­li­gence and the brain. “IQ intel­li­gence” vs real-life intel­li­gence.
  • Arousal, atten­tion, and con­scious­ness.
  • Vol­un­tary vs auto­mat­ic atten­tion and their dis­or­ders. ADHD and dysex­ec­u­tive syn­drome.
  • Mem­o­ry based learn­ing dis­abil­i­ty” – a neglect­ed syn­drome.


  • Con­nect­ing the dots between dis­parate dis­or­ders: frontal lesions, Parkinson’s dis­ease and Tourette syn­drome.
  • Rethink­ing Tourette syn­drome and ADHD.
  • Cog­ni­tive impair­ment in Alzheimer’s dis­ease.  Why exec­u­tive deficit is often over­looked.
  • Lewy body demen­tia and Parkinson’s dis­ease: mere­ly relat­ed or vari­ants of the same dis­or­der?
  • Fron­totem­po­ral demen­tia and its vari­ants: sep­a­rate until they are not.
  • Neu­ro­plas­tic­i­ty and the lifes­pan: How neu­ro­bi­ol­o­gy and envi­ron­ment inter­act in the age of inno­va­tion.


  • Cog­ni­tive impair­ment in trau­mat­ic brain injury. When “mild TBI” is not so mild.
  • Cog­ni­tive impair­ment in neu­ropsy­chi­atric dis­or­ders: schiz­o­phre­nia and affec­tive dis­or­ders.
  • Con­nect­ing the dots again: Schiz­o­phre­nia and Fron­totem­po­ral demen­tia.
  • Pund­ing,” dopamine, and the mech­a­nisms of addic­tion.
  • Cross-cul­tur­al neu­ro­science: Why we need it today more than ever.
  • Sum­ming up: What we have learned and future direc­tions.


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