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Lunch Lecture - Ad Aertsen (Neurosciences)

Paradigm Shifts in the Neurosciences?
When Apr 28, 2016
from 02:15 PM to 03:00 PM
Where Freiburg University, KG I, Lecture Hall 1015
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The occurrence of a paradigm shift in a scientific area, in the Kuhnian sense, presupposes the existence of a paradigm and an associated “normal science” program. In the neurosciences, neither of these is anywhere in sight. Hence, serious paradigm shifts in the neurosciences are not to be expected anytime soon.

Having said that, it may be nevertheless worthwile to inspect some examples of shifts of emphasis in neuroscience research in recent decades. For instance, to look at the role of new experimental methodologies in such shifts, to study the effect of researchers with a different scientific background entering the field, or to see the impact of funding-driven shifts of emphasis towards translational research. In my presentation, I will present and discuss  examples of each of these.


This presentation includes results and insights from collaborations within and beyond the Bernstein Center Freiburg, mostly from discussions with my colleagues Arvind Kumar, Stefan Rotter, Ulrich Egert, Carsten Mehring and my friends from abroad. Work supported by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF Grants 01GQ0420 to BCCN and 01GQ0830 to BFNT Freiburg-Tübingen). Further information and publications at

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