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Consolidating research potential through interdisciplinary reading group

Part of the strength of interdisciplinary research groups is the possibility to share ideas from different perspectives. To consolidate this potential, the FOR2812 research unit organises a fortnightly reading group for its PhD students and other junior researchers. In accordance with the tri-partite foundation of the unit's research, the reading group alternates the discussion of texts from the disciplines of philosophy, neuroscience, and psychology. Usually, one of the participants whose background aligns with that week's text will introduce the reading and kick-off the discussion. Often, the group invites the author or a co-author of the reading to present their work and join in the discussion. In these troubled times, the reading group also facilitates regular interaction with researchers who would otherwise merely work alone at home. As Anco Peeters, one of the participants, states: "As a philosopher, it's great to be able to discuss episodic memory with psychologists and neuroscientists, and get in touch with work I might otherwise overlook. We all get a lot of inspiration and input from these meetings!"

The research unit FOR 2812 "Constructing scenarios of the past: A new framework in episodic memory" is a project funded by the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG). The research unit studies the cognitive and neuronal mechanisms underlying scenario construction in episodic memory. We employ and integrate approaches from Philosophy, Psychology, and Experimental and Computational Neuroscience.


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