THE CENTURY OF MIND AND BRAIN: HOW LURIA DREAM WILL BECOME A REALITY
Velichkovsky, B. M., Dresden University of Technology, Germany
The title of my talk is ambiguous on purpose: I mean the past century -- that of Alexander Luria's (1902-1977) birth anniversary -- but also the 21st century. After crises of the past, this century should become, on Luria opinion, the era of psychology. In my talk, I will argue that the prediction has been confirmed by all the tendencies we can currently observe -- from the enrollment numbers in psychology major and minor at the leading universities of the world and the growing acceptance of the discipline in society at large to the development of new powerful research methods such as brain imaging and imaging (video-based) eye tracking. Due to this development, the very way of doing basic and applied research in psychology has been changed in the late 90s towards more neuropsychologically motivated modeling and argumentation. I will illustrate this last thesis by examples of our research in the fields of dynamic attention phenomena and multi-level organization of memory.