1-2.11.2017. Art, Mind & Experience - Symposium by the Science of Mind & Art Network

Art, Mind & Experience symposium will be held at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland, on November 1-2.2017. This first international meeting of the SMA (Science of Mind and Art) network brings together some of the leading scholars from psychology and neuroscience to different disciplines of art.
  • 1-2.11.2017. Art, Mind & Experience - Symposium by the Science of Mind & Art Network
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  • Art, Mind & Experience symposium will be held at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland, on November 1-2.2017. This first international meeting of the SMA (Science of Mind and Art) network brings together some of the leading scholars from psychology and neuroscience to different disciplines of art.
  • Avainsanat Musiikin, taiteen ja kulttuurin tutkimuksen laitos
  • Aika 01.11.2017 02.11.2017 (Europe/Helsinki / UTC200)
  • Paikka Venue: University of Jyväskylä, Finland (Agora, Ruusupuisto, Mattilanniemi)
  • Yhteyshenkilön nimi Contact persons: Suvi Saarikallio & Johanna Maksimainen
  • Yhteyshenkilön puhelinnumero Contact persons' e-mail and phone: Suvi Saarikallio - suvi.saarikallio@jyu.fi / +358 50 536 1900; Johanna Maksimainen - johanna.maksimainen@ae.mpg.de / +358 50 536 1900
  • Osallistujat Keynote speakers: Raymond MacDonald, Eeva Anttila, Didier Grandjean, Anne Harris, Adrian David Cheok, Sara Heinämaa, Pamela Burnard
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Art, Mind & Experience - Symposium by the Science of Mind & Art Network

Art, Mind & Experience Symposium will be held at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland, on November 1-2.2017. This first international meeting of the SMA (Science of Mind and Art) network brings together some of the leading scholars from psychology and neuroscience to different disciplines of art.

Live streaming of the presentations: https://connect.jyu.fi/jyumusica

Enter as a Guest



Wed. 1.11. (Agora, Alfa)

09:45 Registration

10:15 Opening words (Suvi Saarikallio)

10:30 Keynote 1 – Raymond McDonald: Are you experienced?  Arts and minds and the universality of improvisation

11:30 Presentation 1 – Tiina Parviainen & Petri Toiviainen: Minding the body in (art) experience

12:00 Lunch break

13:30 Keynote 2 – Adrian David Cheok: Everysense Everywhere Human Communication

14:30 Presentation 2 – Pertti Saariluoma & Rebekah Rousi: From artistic imagination to artistic intelligence

15:00 Presentation 3 – Arja Sääkslahti & Mariana Siljamäki: Somaesthetics in Dance

15:30 Coffee (+ poster set up)

16:00 Keynote 3 – Pamela Burnard: Rethinking (and thinking on) the theory and practice of STEAM

17:00 Speed poster presentations

17:50 "Time Sights" - A visual trip to discover the Orosz István Exhibit in Agora Collection of Mathematical Art and STEAM Learning. Guide: Kristóf Fenyvesi, curator of the collection.

18:00 Poster session (Lea Pulkkinen's hall)


Thu. 2.11. (Ruusupuisto, D104 from 9 to 12; Mattilanniemi, Mad259 from 13 to 18)

09:00 Keynote 4 – Anne Harris: Creativity in Education: The ‘macro’ and the ‘micro’ working together 

10:00 Break + Dance performance by Campuksen Koonto: What do we fight for?

10:30 Keynote 5 – Eeva Anttila: Embodied learning in the arts and beyond

11:30 Presentation 4 – Raine Koskimaa & Kristóf Fenyvesi: Creating and Playing with Paradox Structures and Visual Illusions in Experience-Centered STEAM Education

12:00 Lunch break

13:30 Keynote 6 – Sara Heinämaa: Horizons, Temporality and Selfhood: Three Structures of Perception and Embodiment.

14:30 Group discussions: What is art experience, how can we measure it, and what is its role in our society?

15:00 Coffee

15:30 General discussion

16:00 Keynote 7 – Didier Grandjean: Human Interactions and Mind Reading through Art: an Affective Science Perspective

17:00 Closing words

Keynote speakers

Raymond MacDonald
Eeva Anttila
Didier Grandjean
Anne Harris
Adrian David Cheok
Sara Heinämaa
Pam Burnard


Symposium papers are presented in a combined format of a poster + speed presentation (ca. 5 min).



More information about the keynote speakers


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Prof. Raymond MacDonald is the Professor of Music Psychology and Improvisation in The School of Music at Edinburgh University. He has published over 70 papers and co-edited five texts Musical Identities (2002), Musical Communication (2005), Music Health and Wellbeing (2012), Musical Imaginations (2012) and The Handbook of Musical Identities (2017). His ongoing research focuses on issues relating to improvisation, psychology of music, music health and wellbeing, musical identities and music education. His work includes studying the processes and outcomes of music participation and music listening. After completing his PhD in Psychology at the University of Glasgow, investigating therapeutic applications of music, Raymond worked as Artistic Director for a music company, Sounds of Progress, specializing in working with people who have special needs. As a saxophonist and composer his work is informed by a view of improvisation as a social, collaborative and uniquely creative process that provides opportunities to develop new ways of working musically. Collaborating with musicians such as Evan Parker, David Byrne, Jim O’Rourke and Marilyn Crispell, he has released over 50 CDs and toured and broadcast worldwide. He has produced music for film, television, theatre and art installations and is a founder member of Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra. He has a particular interest in cross disciplinary collaboration and has extensive experience of working with artists and filmmakers. 


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Prof. Eeva Anttila works as a professor in dance pedagogy at the University of the Arts Helsinki, Finland. She completed her Doctor of Arts degree in dance at the Theatre Academy, Finland in 2003. Her research interests include dialogical and critical dance pedagogy, embodied learning, embodied knowledge and practice-based/artistic research methods. Anttila is actively involved in national and international dance and arts education organizations. She served as the Chair of Dance and the Child International (2009-2012), and has published several articles and book chapters nationally and internationally. Currently, Anttila is also the editor of the Nordic Journal of Dance: Practice, Education and Research, and co-editor of the International Journal of Education in the Arts.



Didier Grandjean is associate professor at the Department of Psychology and Educational Sciences and at the Swiss Center for Affective Sciences at the University of Geneva. He achieved his thesis in 2005 under the direction of Klaus Scherer about the dynamic of appraisal processes using electroencephalographic methods. After a stay in Singapore as invited researcher, Didier Grandjean had a research position at the University of Geneva where he has been appointed as assistant professor in 2009. Since he has established the Neuroscience of Emotion and Affective Dynamics (NEAD) laboratory and has published more than 100 peer reviewed articles in international scientific journals in psychology and neuroscience about emotional processes related to emotional prosody perception and production, to music and emotion, appraisal processes, the emergence of feelings, olfaction and emotion, and emotional facial expression perception and production.


Dr. Anne Harris, PhD is an Associate Professor and Principal Research Fellow at RMIT University, and an Australian Research Council Future Fellow studying creativity in education and workplace contexts. She is an Honorary Research Fellow at University of Nottingham (UK) and an Adjunct Professor at Monash University (Australia). She researches in the areas of creativity, culture, diversity, performance and digital ethnographies. She is a native New Yorker and has worked professionally as a playwright, teaching artist and journalist in the USA and Australia. She has authored or co-authored over 60 articles and 13 books on the arts, creativity, culture and diversity, and is the creator and series editor of the Palgrave book series Creativity, Education and the Arts.  She recently completed an Australian Research Council DECRA on the commodification of creativity.


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Prof. Adrian David Cheok (‪www.adriancheok.info‬‬‬) is the Director of Imagineering Institute, Iskandar, Malaysia, Professor of Pervasive Computing at City University London. Founder and Director of the Mixed Reality Lab. Previously Professor at Keio University, Graduate School of Media Design.National, Associate Professor at National University of Singapore, and Mitsubishi Electric, Japan. Research in mixed reality, human-computer interfaces, wearable computers, pervasive and ubiquitous computing. Featured in worldwide broadcasts such as CNN, BBC, National Geographic, Discovery Channel, etc. Recipient of awards and prizes: A-STAR Young Scientist of the Year, Hitachi Fellowship, SCS Young Professional of the Year, Fellow in Education, World Technology Network, Microsoft Research Award in Gaming and Graphics, C4C Children Competition Prize, Integrated Art Competition Prize, Creativity in Action Award, First prize Mindtrek Award, First prize Milan International InventiON, Gold Award Creative Showcase ACE, Keio University Japan Gijyuju-sho award, SIP Distinguished Fellow Award, Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. Honorary Expert of Telefonica and El Bulli, the number one restaurant in the world. Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA). NESTA Top 10 Technologies of 2015. Editor in Chief of the academic journals: ACM Computers in Entertainment, Transactions on Edutainment (Springer), and Lovotics: Academic Studies of Love and Friendship with Robots. 1994, Bachelor's (First Class Hons) in Engineering, University of Adelaide; 1999, PhD  in engineering. 


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Prof. Sara Heinämaa is academy professor (2017–2021) of the Academy of Finland, leading a five-year research project in phenomenology of normality and experiential norms. She holds a chair for philosophy at the University of Jyväskylä and is docent of theoretical philosophy at the University of Helsinki. In her systematic work, Heinämaa investigates the nature of embodiment, intersubjectivity, temporality, and normality. She has published widely in phenomenology, existentialism, philosophy of mind, and history of philosophy. Her most important publications include, Phenomenology and the Transcendental (with Hartimo and Miettinen, Routledge 2014), New Perspectives on Aristotelianism and Its Critics (with Mäkinen and Tuominen, Brill 2015), Birth, Death, and Femininity (with Schott et al. Indiana UP 2010), and Toward A Phenomenology of Sexual Difference (Rowman and Littlefield 2003). At the moment she is working on a book on personhood and generativity.



Prof. Pam Burnard is Professor of Arts, Creativities and Education at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge. This is her third career; the first was in the Creative Industries.  She is the founding convener of the biennial international conference, Building Interdisciplinary Bridges Across Cultures and Creativities (www.BIBACC.org). She is an international authority on creativities research and has published widely with 20 books and over 100 articles on creative teaching and learning and the expanded conceptualization and plural expression of creativities across diverse learning contexts, including the workplace.


The members of the organising committee:

Suvi Saarikallio (chair), Johanna Maksimainen, Markku Pöyhönen, Henna-Riikka Peltola, Urho Tulonen, Rebekah Rousi, Arja Sääkslahti, Mariana Siljamäki, Kristof Fenyvesi, Raine Koskimaa, Tiina Parviainen, Petri Toiviainen, Jan Wikgren, Pertti Saariluoma 

The event is supported by the European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music (ESCOM)

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