Creativity, Mind, and Brain in Hungarian Scholarship:
Past and Present

Bloomington, April 2-3, 2005
Kelley School of Business Rm 102

International symposium organized by the Indiana University György Ránki Visiting Hungarian Chair with the Department of Central Eurasian Studies Hungarian Studies Program at IU

The symposium intends to present a historical survey of Hungarian contributions to creativity, focusing on issues of the brain and mind, and to explore Hungarian neuroscience, psychology, philosophy of the mind, and humanities dealing with the mind in the international arena.

8/8/06 Update: I have now removed the photos and the powerpoint files from this webpage, due to restrictions on server space it Indiana. Please contact me at to get copies of the photos or powerpoint presentations. Alternatively, for powerpoint files, you may wish to contact the presenter directly. --sg

4/16/05 Update: Pictures are now available. --sg

4/14/05 Update: Several of the presenters have agreed to our request to make their powerpoint presentations available on the internet. These are now available via a link below the title of the talk for those presenters with .ppt files. I expect to post some conference photos soon. --sg

Program Introductions and opening remarks, 9:00am
András Simonyi, Hungarian Ambassador to the US
Elliot Sperling, CEUS Department Chair

Session: Science, creativity, and human networks
Saturday 9:30am-12pm
Chair: Mihály Szegedy-Maszák

Vizi E., SylvesterPresident, Hungarian Academy of SciencesScience and Conscience
Barabási, A.L.Notre DameThe architecture of Complexity: From the Cell to the World Wide Web and from Budapest to Indiana
Harnad, StevanUniversity of MontréalCreativity: Method or Magic
(abstract) (.ppt file)
John-Steiner, VeraUniversity of New MexicoCreative Collaborations in Hungarian Mathematics
Palló, GáborInstitute for Philosophy, Hungarian Academy of SciencesScientific Creativity in Hungarian Context
(abstract) (.ppt file)

LUNCH 12pm to 2pm

Session II: Neuroscience Saturday, 2:00pm-3:45pm
Chair: Csaba Pléh

Buzsáki, GyörgyRutgers, Center for NeuroscienceInhibition, oscillations and self-organization: treasures inherited from Grastyan
(abstract) (.ppt file)
Gulyás, BalázsKarolinska InstituteFunctional Neuroimaging and Hungary
Jolesz, FerencHarvard Medical SchoolMagnetic Resonance Image Guided Neurosurgery
(abstract) (.ppt file)

Coffee break, 3:45pm-4:00pm

Session III: Humanities 4:00pm-5:45pm
Chair: Csaba Pléh

Szegedy-Maszák, MihályHungarian Academy of Sciences, Eötvös Loránd University, Indiana UniversityNational or Comparative Literary History
Szabó, ZoltánCornellThe distinction between semantics and pragmatics
Kiefer, FerencHungarian Academy of SciencesA new look at information structure

Sunday, April 3

Session IV: Psychology and cognitive science, 10:00am-12:45pm
Chair: Denis Sinor

Gergely, GyörgyHungarian Academy of Sciences, Inst. of PsychologyThe nature of cultural learning in humans: The case for human 'pedagogy'
(abstract) (.ppt file)
Kovács, IlonaBudapest University of Technology and Economics (BME)Béla Julesz and "scientific bilingualism"
(abstract) (.ppt file)
MacWhinney, BrianCarnegie MellonCan we capture linguistic emergence on the web?
(abstract) (.ppt file)
Pléh, CsabaIndiana University, Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME)Using Hungarian language as a tool to clarify language-thought relations in impaired populations
(abstract) (.ppt file) (accompanying .mpg file)
Farrell Ackerman and
Jeremy Boyd
UC-San DiegoHungarian morphology and Williams Syndrome: A Word-based morphological and neuroconstructivist perspective
(abstract) (.ppt file)

The symposium is free and open to the public. The courtesy of advance registration is requested but not required. Contact: Indiana University Department of Central Eurasian Studies, Goodbody Hall 157, 1011 East Third Street, Bloomington, IN 47405-7005; phone 812-855-2233; fax 812-855-7500; e-mail or;

Free parking is available on weekends in the Indiana University Fee Lane Parking Garage. Take the elevator to B2 and use the skywalk to get to the Kelley School of Business. For a campus map, see

Funds may be available for partial hotel expenses for students traveling more than 90 miles to this symposium. Apply to

If you have a disability and need assistance, special arrangements can be made to accommodate most needs. Contact Karen Niggle at the address above. Room 102 is wheelchair accessible.

Organizer: Csaba Pléh (email), György Ránki Visiting Hungarian Chair
Webpage: Steve Grimes (email)