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Mind and Matter 2023: Conversations Across Disciplines

Mind and Matter will organise a conference in Helsinki on 6-8 June 2023. Mind and Matter: Conversations Across Disciplines is structured around six sessions: five hosted by the fellows of the Mind and Matter research programme, with the themes of

  • Minds with Language,
  • Perception,
  • Motivation and Cognitive Control,
  • Cross-disciplinary Influences in the Study of the Mind, and
  • Dreaming and Consciousness,

and a sixth poster session. Each panel session will include talks from international experts on the theme, followed by a discussion.

Past events

Mind and Matter Seminar, spring 2023

Local researchers gave a series of thought-provoking talks on topics ranging from quantum software to colour perception. See the seminar webpage for more information.

Studia Generalia: Tekoäly ja ihmismieli (AI and the human mind)

A series of public lectures on topics related to AI, digitalisation, and the human mind. More details at

  • 2 March: Turvallisuus ja luottamus algoritmien aikakaudella (event in Finnish; recording available here)
  • 16 March: brAIn: Learning in humans and machines (event in English)
  • 30 March: Mikä on ChatGPT? (event in Finnish)

Mind and Matter Workshop: Controlling Brain Rhythms using 'tACS' brain stimulation, 6 March 2023

Mind and Matter organised a workshop on how transcranial Alternating Current Stimulation (tACS) can be used to manipulate how brain rhythms synchronize to external auditory input, and to control brain-to-brain synchronization. See more details in Mind and Matter news.

Mind and Matter Talks 2022

Mind and Matter Talks invites renowned scholars with fresh insights into the themes of information, intelligence, and consciousness to share their research in conversation with UH researchers. See the Mind and Matter Talks page for more information on the talks that took place in 2022.

Decisions and Effort seminar, 28 October 2022

Professors Gerit Pfuhl (cognitive science) and Michael Paul Morreau (philosophy) from the Arctic University of Tromsø gave talks hosted by Mind and Matter associate professor Ben Cowley. More information about the event can be found in Mind and Matter news.

Mind and Matter 2022: Found­a­tions of In­for­ma­tion, In­tel­li­gence and Con­scious­ness

The first Mind and Matter conference was organised in Helsinki on 16-18 June 2022. Find out more on the conference website.

Seminar 2021

In what sense might artificial intelligences be able to understand, be creative or even conscious? What kinds of societal implications are to be expected from the rapid developments in artificial intelligence and neuroscience? Can we understand the deep nature of matter and information down to the quantum level? Researchers of the Mind and Matter profiling area presented their exciting research at the Mind and Matter seminar.

  • 16.4.2021 14:00-15:30 Riikka Möttönen and Luigi Acerbi: How cognitive resources affect learning in humans and machines. Watch the seminar session here.
  • 7.5.2021 14:00-15:30  Alexander Carruth and Anu-Katriina Pesonen
  • 28.5.2021 14:00-15:30  Sabrina Maniscalco and Riikka Koulu
  • 4.6.2021 14:00-15:30 Ben Cowley and Valtteri Arstila