Dear colleague

You are cordially invited to attend the Third Annual Learning and Plasticity (LaP) meeting in Finnish Lapland. This cross-disciplinary meeting connects psychological and neuroscience research on the mechanisms of learning and brain plasticity. It is organized by the Åbo Akademi University, the University of Turku, and the Turku Brain and Mind Center.

The confirmed highlights of the meeting include a keynote by Professor Manuel Carreiras (Basque Center on Cognition, Brain and Language), a workshop on the use of transcranial direct current stimulation in research organized by Associate Professor Marcus Meinzer (University of Queensland), and three symposia on the following topics: Cognitive effects of bilingualism and language learning, Attention control in the lab and in real life - from basic brain mechanisms to clinical training intervention, and Efficacy of transcranial direct current stimulation - the role of individual differences and task demands.

The special theme of the 2017 meeting is adult language learning/bilingualism that is reflected in the congress keynote and one of the symposia. However, as before, most of the congress program will consist of free papers that reflect the whole spectrum of learning and plasticity research.

Despite of its northern location, the congress site is easy to reach e.g. by daily flight connections from Helsinki to the nearby airport at Kittilä. The congress program runs from afternoon to evening, enabling one to utilize the excellent possibilities for various winter sports and other outdoor activities during the long days in early April. Due to auditorium space and to keep the meeting highly interactive, the number of participants is limited to 100. Please make your travel arrangements in good time as the flights and the night trains tend to become fully booked due to the number of tourists coming to enjoy the unique Lappish Spring.

Looking forward to see you in Lapland in April,

The LaP Scientific Committee,

Matti Laine, Abo Akademi University, Finland (Chair)
Lars Bäckman, Karolinska Institute, Sweden
Susanne Jaeggi, University of California at Riverside, USA
Hasse Karlsson, University of Turku, Finland
Minna Lehtonen, Abo Akademi University, Finland
Marcus Meinzer, University of Queensland, Australia
Lars Nyberg, Umeå University, Sweden

Photos from LaP2016 can be found in the gallery

Photos from LaP2015 can be found in the gallery


-Notification of abstract acceptance during week 7
-Congress registration through this website for an early-bird fee by the end of Wednesday (Eastern European Time) March 1st, 2017