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2012 Esther Thelen Research Symposium

We’re very pleased to announce the program for the Esther Thelen Research Symposium on August 30 and 31, 2012, with a world-class lineup of presenters. The Symposium will be followed by the Annual Feldenkrais Method® Conference, which will begin with a keynote address on the evening of Friday, August 31, and continue through September 5, 2012, with a series of one day workshops.

Dr. Michael Merzenich, Ph.D., will deliver the keynote address to bridge our Symposium and Conference.  He is an eminent neuroscientist, professor emeritus at the University of California-San Francisco, and Co-Founder and Chief Scientific Officer of Posit Science. Dr. Merzenich’s address is titled “On the Path to Integrated Recoveries: Brain Plasticity Bases of the Development and Restoration of Impaired Brain Systems.”


Symposium Program

The Symposium begins at 8:30 am and ends at 5:30 pm each day. These sessions are part of the whole Symposium package and are not available for individual registration. You will automatically be registered for all of them when you register for the Symposium.

Michael T. Turvey, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, University of Connecticut - Esther Thelen Memorial Lecture: Ecology and Dynamics of Movement Development

Georg F. Striedter, Ph.D., Professor, University of California, Irvine - What’s Special about the Human Brain?

Jane E. Clark, Ph.D., Professor, University of Maryland - College Park - Through the Lens of Development:  Order and Disorder in Action

Jill Whitall, Ph.D., Professor, University of Maryland - Baltimore - An Alternative View on Neurological Recovery and Rehabilitation: Learning to Use the Arm Again After Stroke

Catherine E. Kerr, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Brown University - Keeping Body Awareness in Mind: Top-Down Modulation of Sensorimotor Brain Rhythms as a Therapeutic Mechanism

Wolf E. Mehling, M.D., Associate Professor, University of California, San Francisco - Researching Body Awareness

Alva Nöe, Ph.D., Professor,  University of California-Berkeley - You Are Not Your Brain!

The Symposium will conclude with a panel discussion among presenters and attendees. Each Symposium presentation will be followed by a short talk by a Feldenkrais practitioner to “close the circle”—to set the stage for the Conference workshop on that theme. This seminal event will give Feldenkrais practitioners and other professionals the opportunity to hear from scientists on the frontiers of neuroscience and to learn how their discoveries can be applied for improving human performance, development and health.

The Symposium includes time for discussion and networking, and a poster session for sharing recent scholarship. View the Call for Abstracts and Poster Guidelines.

Symposium Track Workshops

Several Conference workshops will take the Symposium themes and demonstrate how the theory and research presented are employed in and reflect upon the practice of the Feldenkrais Method.

  • Lawrence Goldfarb, Ph.D. - Fostering Fluency
  • Frank Wildman, Ph.D. - Neuroplasticity: What Have You Done for Me Lately?
  • Carl Ginsburg, Ph.D. and Lucia Schuette-Ginsburg, Dipl. Ped. - The Intelligence of Moving Bodies
  • Dav Clark, M.S., and Dwight Pargee, M.S. - Getting Precise With Our Complex Brains
  • Sheryl Field, M.A. - A View from the Beginning
  • Cliff Smyth, B.A. - Updating the Self-Image
  • Arlyn Zones, M.A. - Attention, Breath, Sensation…The Tools of our Trade