The XXIV International Conference organized by the Institute for Neuro-Physiological Psychology took place in Madrid, the 12th and 13th of May 2018
The theme of this edition was "Physiological Factors Underlying Learning Success". . In this ocassion we had the chance to listen to experts from different countries sharing their knowledge on how motor development, nutrition, sleep, audition, vision and emotion contribute to learning success.
Experts who presented in this edition:
Sally Goddard Blythe, MSc, is Director of the Institute for Neuro-Physiological Psychology (INPP) in Chester. She is the author of several books on the relationship between physical development, learning and emotions including research on the incidence of neuromotor immaturity in children in mainstream schools and use of the physical intervention programmes.
She is responsible for overseeing the provision of training in the INPP method to professionals from all over the world. Memberships include:Education advisory board for the Dyspraxia Foundation, EYE, The International Alliance for Childhood and The Society of Authors.
Natasha Campbell-McBride, MD has a Master of Medical Sciences in Neurology, After practicing for five years as a neurologist and three years as a Neurosurgeon she got her second postgraduate degree in Medical Sciences in Human Nutrition. She practices in the UK as a nutritionist. She is well known for developing the concept of GAPS (Gut And Psychology Syndrome) and has written about it in several books. She is also a Member of the Society of Authors, The British Society for Ecological Medicine , and is a Director on the Advisory Board of The Weston A Price Foundation.
Ewa Gieysztor, MSc Physiotherapist, is developing her doctoral studies at Wroclaw Medical University, Poland, She combines her work as therapist with the research, being first author and co-author of various articles related with primitive reflexes. She presented her recently published research on: The degree of primitive reflexes integration as a diagnostic tool to assess the neurological maturity of healthy preschool and early school aged children.
Francisco Mora Teruel, MD, holds a Ph.D in Medicine from the University of Granada and a Ph.D in Neuroscience from the University of Oxford (England). He is Professor of Human Psychology at the Faculty of Medicine of the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and is Associated Professor at the Department of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics at the University of Iowa, USA. He is the author of several books and publications. He has devoted much of his research to the relationship between emotion and learning.
Paula Tallal, Ph.D in Experimental Psychology from Cambridge University worked at the faculty of John Hopkins and UCSD before being recruited to co-fund the Center of Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience at Rutgers, Newark. She is currently on the faculty of The Salk Institute for Biological Studies as well as the Center for Human development at the University of California San Diego. For the past 30 years, Dra Tallal has led NIH and NSF funded multidisciplinary research teams and has published over 250 papers on the neurological basis of auditory perceptual, speech, language and reading development and disorders.
Jordi A. Jauset Berrocal, Ph.D in Communication, Telecomnunication engineer and musician. Has a Master´s Degree in Psychobiology and Congnitive Neuroscience (UAB). He is professor at the Ramon Llull-Blanquerna University. He is trained in neurologial music therapy by de R. F. Unkefer Academy for Neurologic Music Therapy. Lecturer, writer and scientific disseminator of the benefits of music in the fields of health and education. He is member among others, of the International Association for Music and Medicine (IAMM) the European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music (ESCOM) and the Society of Music Perception and Cognition (SMPC).
Kjeld Johansen, teacher and director of a school in the Danish island of Bornholm in his early years. Since the late 60´s he has devoted his life to the research of auditory processing being founder of the Baltic Dyslexia Research Lab. He has an MSC in Psychology and a Ph.D In Education and has developed throughout his career and Auditory Stimulation Therapy (JIAS), a method to improve auditory processing through music individually designed.
Lucia Talamini, head of the UvA Sleep and Memory Lab. Her research on sleep and memory occurs at the interface of psychology, neuroscience and technology. She has authored around 65 scientific publications, including two patent applications and has been awarded many grants including a VIDI innovation grant. She is involved with the boards of the Dutch Sleep-Wake Research Society (NSWO), post-graduate research school ONWAR and the UvA Psychology Research Master. She also collaborates with several companies on neurotech development..
Marta Ortega Ruiz, Physiotherapist, Pd.D from the Universidad de Barcelona, has a Master degree on Motor Activity and Education, and Posgraduate studies on Educational Psychomotricity. She combines her private practice as therapist using the INPP Reflex Integration Method and the Johansen Individualized Auditory Stimulation Method with the teacher training in the INPP School Program and informative talks on child neurodevelopment. She also colaborates in the annual INPP training for therapists in Madrid.
Victor J. G. Molina, Optometrist. Extended his expertise with a Master´s studies at the Centro Boston de Optometría and a specialist training at the Centro de Optometría Internacional of Madrid. He has lectured in Clinical Optometry and was professor in the Master´s degree at the European University of Madrid, as well as lecturer at the Universidad Autonoma de Managua in Nicaragua. He is the manager of the divisions of Optometry and Contactology at the Spanish company Tu Visión and is following a Master´s Programme on Scientific Communication
Maialen López Luengo, teacher and Psychopedagogist. PhD in Education from the Universidad Internacional de la RIoja (UNIR), has completed a Master´s Degree in Neuropsychology and Education at the same institution. She works as teacher and counselor at a primary school. She investigates the Neuropychological processes of learning, specially: laterality and perceptual processes in order to develop programmes to improve academir performance.
Elisa Grininger, teacher. After 16 years working as a teacher at a primary school she is now studying Psychological Counselling at Sigmund Freud University Vienna, Austria. She completed her Training Course in Neuro-Developmental Delay Therapy in 2017. She presented an informal study which she conducted for this Training Course. This study investigated whether the INPP Schools Programme lead to improvements in children with learning difficulties and/or behavioural problems.
Alicia Bastos Sancho, Psychologist. Has dedicated more than 20 years to work with children with neuro-developmental delay in her private practice as well as in orphanages in Eastern Europe and Africa She has worked with the INPP method since 2004, as well as with the Padovan method of neurofuntional organization. She is national director of the Johansen Individualized Auditory Stimulation Therapy and collaborates in the research carried out in Spain on the effectiveness of the method. She combines activities in her career as tharapist, teacher, speaker and amateur actress,
The Conference was addresed to professionals related with education and specific learning difficulties of the fields of education, pedagogy, psychology, speech therapy, occupational therapy, optometry and physiotherapy. Attendees came from all over the world: Australia, Brazil, Dominican Republic, México, New Zealand and many countries in Europe.
The conference took place at the Caixaforum in Madrid, that belongs to the Obra social “la Caixa”. Located at Paseo del Prado 36, Madrid
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