Conference Speakers:

 This is a temporary and partial list of presenters and the topic of their presentations, symposiums, workshops, and demonstrations. The names order is randomal.

The information and the list will be updated here once a week. 40 days prior to the conference opening the official program and the final list of speakers will be published here, together with the conference schedule.

Among our presenters:


Gerry Leisman,

Professor of Neuro- and Rehabilitation Sciences and Research Fellow, Faculty of Social Welfare and Health Sciences the University of Haifa and Director, The National Institute for Brain and Rehabilitation Sciences, Israel.

“I” and “Thou”: Neurocognitive-Motor Interaction in the Development of Individuation

Since the early 1970s he has promoted consciousness as a scientifically tractable problem, and has been particularly influential in arguing that a fundamental understanding of consciousness can be approached using the modern tools of neurobiology and understood by mechanisms of theoretical physics, having developed biomedical applications of continuum theory. He has also been influential in examining mechanisms of self-organizing systems in the brain and nervous system applied to cognitive functions.


Stephen Grossberg,

Wang Professor of Cognitive and Neural Systems and a Professor of Mathematics, Psychology, and Biomedical Engineering at Boston University. Director, Center for Adaptive Systems at Boston University

The Resonant Brain: How conscious seeing, hearing, feeling, and knowing regulate movement

Grossberg is a founder of the fields of computational neuroscience, connectionist cognitive science, and neuromorphic technology. His work focuses upon the design principles and mechanisms that enable the behavior of individuals, or machines, to adapt autonomously in real time to unexpected environmental challenges. This research has included neural models of vision and image processing; object, scene, and event learning, pattern recognition, and search; audition, speech and language; cognitive information processing and planning; reinforcement learning and cognitive-emotional interactions; autonomous navigation; adaptive sensory-motor control and robotics; self-organizing neurodynamics; and mental disorders.


John Ratey,

Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

The Positive Impact of Physical Activity on Cognition

He is the coauthor of the books Driven to Distraction, Answers to Distraction, and Delivered from Distraction. He is also the author of Shadow Syndromes. In 2001 he published the book A User’s Guide to the Brain, in which he describes the human brain as a flexible muscle, which works on a “use it or lose it” basis. He is the author of Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain (2008), which describes the positive benefits that exercise can have for people with ADHD. In 2014 he coauthored the book Go Wild: Free Your Body and Mind from the Afflictions of Civilization.


Robert Melillo,

Director, National Institute for Brain and Rehabilitation Sciences, S. Gilbert Arizona, Professor Neuroscience, National University of the Health Sciences, Chicago, Illinois.

Parallels in brainstem, motor and autonomic development and their relationship to hemispheric integrative function

Dr. Melillo is an internationally known lecturer, author, educator, researcher and clinician in developmental neuroscience, rehabilitation, neuropsychology and neurobehavioral disorders in children. He is also an expert in nutrition with more than 20 years of clinical experience.





Symposiums, Workshops, Presentations –

 and their Presenters:


Influence of personality, peer pressure and sex on cognitive-enhancing drug use among athletes

Ayobami A Adesina

Effectiveness of Feldenkrais method in multiple sclerosis symptoms

Triantafillia Reziti

The effect of thinking in motion intervention versus CogniFit on motor and cognition in older adults. A randomized clinical trial

Shiri Embon-Magal

Some specific movements initiated by the therapist have a deep influence on patient’s cognitions: Developing healing, emotional intelligence and resilience to stress through “static moving”, create à basic sensory field to have access to primal feelings of happiness

Michèle S Quintin

Unlocking potential and enhancing learning abilities through movement-based programs in the early years

Jane Williams

Multiple sclerosis: Correlation between infection and antibiotic treatment

Seema Mahesh

(Loco-) motion and cognition

Anton Fuerlinger

Psychomotricity in vestibular dysfunction therapy (VDT): A collective health question

Paulo Bastos

A new approach to rehabilitation and chronic pain: The role of somatic movement education in a residential program for rheumatic patients

Bibiana Badenes

Changes in body image among patients with depression in dance movement therapy groups

Päivi Pylvänäinen

Effects of Tai Chi experiences and skill on the brain white matter structure

Jing Xian Li

(Symposium) The Science of Tai Chi

Jing Xian Li

Movement and cognition at the laboratory of somatic for architecture and landscape

Maria Auxiliadora Gálvez Pérez

Alice in wonderland: Motor imagery and movement in conceptual and theoretical learning processes

Maria Auxiliadora Gálvez Pérez

Cognition under examination: Illusionism, lateral thinking and somatic

Jaime Polanco

Effect of Tai Chi practice on dual-tasking performance and its underlying mechanism

William WN Tsang

Breath and body awareness in somatic movement practices augments awareness of self and others

Bonnie Gintis

Dancing the connected body: Exploration of bipedalism to artistic expression through the Lens of Anatomy Trains

Laurice D Nemetz

Tai Chi Chuan practice decreases functional connectivity in default mode network: Evidences from both cross-sectional and longitudinal studies

Li-Zhen Chen

Movement as a key to unlock cognitive resources in individuals diagnosed with major neurocognitive disorder

Donna Newman-Bluestein

Kinetics and kinematics of the lower extremity during performance of two typical Tai Chi movements by the elders

Nok-Yeung Law

The impact of a somatic movement intervention on interoceptive ability and stress resilience among flight attendants exposed to second-hand smoke

Peter Payne

Overcoming movement limitations through interoception in somatic movement practices: Pioneers’ case studies and current applications among cancer survivors

Martha Eddy

Recovery of cognitive functions during multidisciplinary rehabilitation after severe traumatic brain injury

José León-Carrión

Embodied cognition: A case of Indian classical music (Vocal) and Indian classical music (Instrumental) with reference to time perception, attention and personality

Sandip Bhaise

Effect of mudra and visual-motor imagery on visual-motor integration functioning and time-based and event-based prospective memory in patients with social anxiety disorder

Sandip  Bhaise

Embodied cognition: A case of Indian classical music (Vocal) and Indian classical music (Instrumental) with reference to time perception, attention and personality

Sandip Bhaise

Symposium–Cultivating neuroplasticity through interoception in somatic movement practices: Evolving research methods

Elisabeth Osgood-Campbell and Mardi Crane-Godreau

Moving to a decision: Movement pattern analysis (MPA) 

Laurie Cameron1

Dance movement as a tool for educating individuals with autism

Joanne Lara

Dance movement as a tool for educating individuals with autism: Theoretical and practical principles of applied neuroscience and educational theory

Joanne Lara

Dance movement as a tool for educating individuals with autism: Theoretical and practical principles of applied neuroscience and educational theory

Joanne Lara

Adapted tango and rehabilitative dance modalities: A primer for application in people with movement disorders

Madeleine E Hackney

Symposium: Motor-cognitive interaction: The role and measurement of engagement

Madeleine E Hackney

Partnered dance exercise is a cognitively demanding, mentally stimulating movement conversation and anyone can do it

Madeleine E Hackney

Using motor learning principles to examine the application of skill progression medical tests to facilitate balance re-gaining after a stroke

Iris Lopez,

Symposium–Cultivating neuroplasticity through interoception in somatic movement practices: Evolving research methods

Elisabeth Osgood-Campbell and Mardi Crane-Godreau

Differences in intelligence performance for students with and without ADHD in elementary school

Yung-Wen Tang

Absent N200 and P300 in pontomesentephalic junction lesion

Fernanda V Moraes

Transcranial magnetic stimulation: Monitoring of a patient submitted to intervention after ischemic stroke

Fernanda V Moraes

Neuromodulation by transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS): Effective cognitive rehabilitation after a stroke

Fernanda V Moraes

Neuroinhibitory modulation training and dance for symptom management in a 36-year-old female dancer with generalized dystonia: A case study

Joaquin Farias

Human gait movement patterning and movement re-education

Madeline Black

An autobiography

Ulrika Sandén

Brain injury: A cage of glass and making a micro gliacell orchestra play

Ulrika Sandén

Bodily writing: A studio-based research practice for interpreting data

Alexia Buono

Chronic itch-scratch behaviour is a cognitive phenomenon mediated through neuroendocrine receptors

Chan KT Michael

Cognitive imagery and corresponding movement to help Parkinson’s patients fluidity, stability and balance

Donna Brooks

Special movement complex for rehabilitation among children on autistic spectrum

Sergey Masloboev

LUCIE-The Lund University Checklist for Incipient Exhaustion: A useful tool for clinical screening of incipient work-related exhaustion

Artur Tenenbaum

Developmental motor re-education for children with special needs and disabilities: A new holistic model of learning


The amygdala and the present experience of now in relation to movement and art

Mogens Davidsen

Extracts from ‘conversations with dystonia – parts one and two’: A demonstrative choreography in the application of neuroplasticity and integrated dance

Suzie Birchwood

Biomechanics and psychomechanics of movement in dance, sport and health programs from the point of view of logic of six dimensional coordinate system

Marina Lobova

Evaluating the impact of dance activities for people in different stages of dementia

Trish Vella-Burrows

Feasibility and usability of a video game-based multicomponent training for older adults and its effects on motor functions, cognition and brain activity

Manuela Omlin

Effects of dance movement therapy on cognitive, physical and psychosocial functioning in elderly with early dementia

Rainbow TH Ho

Playing the piano with movement intelligence — a revolution-ary approach

Doug Boltson

The cognitive role of spatial diagrams in the theater

Irit Degani-Raz

Postural balance and muscle activity changes under additional load among children

Paulina Tomal

The somatic education approaches to auto-pedestrian collision injury rehabilitation: Why fluid, casual and unflappable works

Stephanie Artz

Molecular education: Endogenous brain derived neurotrophic factor stimulation following Quadrato Motor Training

Tal Dotan Ben-Soussan

Improved reading and increased brain derived neurotrophic factor following Quadrato Motor Training: The case of dyslexia

Tal Dotan Ben-Soussan

Creativity and coordination among sensorimotor training experts

Antonio De Fano

Spatial memory, stress hormones and anxiety are affected by exercise training

Eli Carmeli

Direction modulation of muscle synergies in a hand-reaching task

Sharon Israeli

 Validating the correlation between movement and language through the lens of adult attachment status

Talia B Shafir

Motor control during overground walking: An fNIRS study

Lutz Schega

Sensory integration and the perception of movement: Body midline crossing in Capoeira and gymnastics in children with special needs

Rosaura Camacho-Olguín

The effect of cotton pads impregnated with amber suspension on collagen and elastin

Inga Lyashenko

The integration of Laban Movement Analysis and Bartenieff Fundamentals with physical therapy in treating a patient with chronic pain, PTSD and military sexual trauma

Nina Kaufman

Six mind-body instructional strategies for movement programs and research

Catherine Rosasco-Mitchell

Eye movement as an indicator of cognitive difficulty.

Cezary Biele

Multitherapy as an allied in the treatment of dyslexia and acquired dyslexia (specific learning disorder with impairment in reading) 

Anna Lou Olivier

Toy library allied to learning, reassessment twenty years after the implementation of the method

Anna Lou Olivier

Micro-movement, gesture and body cues that accelerate individual and couple psychotherapy treatment

David Mars

From me to we:   Self embodiment as a tool for developing kinesthetic empathy within group dynamics

Milca Leon

Professional modern dancers who become physical therapists as a second career: A phenomenological inquiry into their experiential understanding of the body and movement

Ione Beauchamp

Heal your brain. Reclaim your life

Susana Stoica

The soma-social effects of movement in empathy

Vincent YW Long

The brain and sensorimotor intelligence

Vincent Di Norcia

Vestibular dysfunction as a complication of diabetes mellitus. How may the Feldenkrais method help?

M Jesús Jiménez

Vestibular and balance training with the Feldenkrais method

M Jesús Jiménez

Therapeutic efficacy of yoga in individuals with varied traumatic stress histories

Kintla Striker

Posture-gesture mergers: Integrated body actions that reveal decision-making style

Daniela Wancier

A high-intensity multi-component agility intervention improves Parkinson’s patients’ clinical and motor symptoms

József Tollár

Intensive agility training followed by a two year long agility maintenance program slows the progression of Parkinson’s disease

József Tollá

The evolution of apparent motor action pattern of the operator of a complex system

Shan Fu

A new philosophy of man and humanism

Hans LM Dassen

Childhood cognition and standing balance in mid to later life: Longitudinal evidence from a British birth cohort

Joanna M Blodgett

The mediating and moderating role of tinnitus’s perception relationship between biological factors and development of psychological problems in male female tinnitus patients

Muhammad Aqeel

EEG reactivity to auditory motor-command stimuli in permanent vegetative-state patients putatively predicts clinical outcome

Oded Meiron

What do we see during action observation? Memory encoding, retention, and retrieval of the whole-body movement sequences

Shiau-Chuen Chiou

Moving while singing: How internal cues can improve walking for older adults and people with Parkinson disease

Elinor C Harrison

An evaluation of the left-hand grip force modulation in right-handed healthy subjects and right-sided hemiplegic stroke patients

Ronaldo L da Silva

Expertise and strategic thinking in dance-making: The application of strategies for diversifying dance designs

Maya Gavish

Alpha and beta sensorimotor oscillations reflect the activation of motor and semantic information during motor planning

Francois Foerster

Movement, interaction, play: Three paintings as embodiments of empathy, conversation and entrainment in motion

Gerburg Garmann

Working with post traumatic stress disorder: Integrating body

Liza Palchan

Cognition-enhanced physical exercises to improve academic learning skills in elementary school children

Lynne Kenney

ymposium: Executive Function in Motion: Assessment and Training in Children and Adults

Bell Morris

A longitudinal analysis of ALF resident wandering using ultra wideband real-time location services (RTLS): Results of a yearlong study

William D Kearns

Foraging for movement patterns: A choreographer’s quest

Ana Rita Fonseca

Dance in autism spectrum disorder: A blinded randomized clinical trial

Caroline Souza-Santos

Walking, entrainment and social synchronization: A participatory workshop

Elaine Westwick

Traversing the succession of space to place to home: A kinesthetic comprehension of the body as it forms an epistemology of space

Sarah Matzke

Effects of ReWire movement method on quality of life issues in adults with cerebral palsy: A pilot study

Nina Martin

The Resonant Brain: How conscious seeing, hearing, feeling, and knowing regulate movement

Stephen Grossberg

Motor Proficiency—Not Moderate to Vigorous Physical Activity—is Related to Executive Function Skills in Early Childhood

Michael T. Willoughby

Psychological resilience and mindfulness as protective factors to maintain mental wellbeing after spinal cord injury

Jace S Pincock

Natural selection as a physical force imposing symmetry across brains in evolutionary and phenotypic detail

Ajibola Folaranmi

Do we need eyes to see or is vision enough?

Michal Huber-Rotschild

Dynamic neuro-cognitive imagery (DNI) training improves mental imagery ability, motor symptoms and non-motor function in individuals with Parkinson’s disease

Amit Abraham

An inquiry into mental imagery across the spectrum of human capabilities

Amit Abraham

Applied Natya (dance)  therapy: Integrating science and arts for mental health through Bharata’s Natya Shastra

Dimple Kaur

Leading dance sessions for special students

Sean Ziv