5th International Conference on Recent Advances in Cognition and Health @BHU Varanashi- December 19-21 2016


The International Conference on Recent Advances in Cognition and Health (ICRACH-2016) to be held at Department of Psychology, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi (India) aims to examine the levels of knowledge and understanding of the global academic and scientific community about interface of cognition and health. The conference is bringing together scientists, scholars, researchers and students working in the areas of cognitive science and health in different parts of the world. This conference intends to present the state-of-the-art in cognitive science and health and spotlight recent advances and research activities in the field and generate a lively discussion and interaction across disciplinary and institutional borders. More specifically, the aim of the Conference is to stimulate and share revolutionary developments in cognition and health and stimulate new research specifically by approaching the questions not highlighted within traditional disciplines of psychology. This conference offers the opportunity for a worldwide gathering of scientists, practitioners, therapists, and educators who come from different professional perspectives, but share common interests to explore and become familiar with the developments in these fields. Thus the conference provides a platform to prominent researchers to highlight recent work, discuss current issues and help to define the identity of the field, in addition to identifying gaps in our current understanding and propose directions for future research.
Conference Theme
Over the recent times, there has been an explosion of knowledge in the physical and biological sciences, psychological and cognitive sciences, and medicine. Within the broader discipline of psychology, the study of cognition is undoubtedly the most ambitious scientific enterprise of the 21st century. It is a field of capital importance as it is dynamic and rediscovering itself all the time and recently it has begun to illuminate and demystify many aspects of human thought, feeling, and behavior. Five decades of research in brain and cognition have led to the emergence of the new field of cognitive science which spans the entire spectrum of cognition from brain and biology to social and environmental interactions. Cognitive science, the study of cognitive systems from the point of view of information processing, is a field of study that cuts across a variety of traditional disciplines including physiological psychology, computer science, philosophy and linguistics. Revolutionary developments in brain sciences, genetics, cognition and health support the theory and belief that basic human behavior and functions can be modified, improved and channelized to achieve full potential of human beings. The ‘cognitive revolution’ has begun to make an impact on how we think about human body, mind and behavior. Although advances have been made in specifying connections between brain, cognition and behavior, the full potential of the discipline remains untapped.
One important issue to which contemporary cognitive science research might usefully be addressed is health and disease. In recent past, learning from recent developments in physical biological and medical sciences, the arena of cognitive psychology has grown dramatically and almost all the core and allied disciplines of psychology have moved strongly in a cognitive direction and researchers have developed cognitive models to understand and explain human mind from the perspective of health, illness and well-being. Recent advances in health psychology suggest that cognition occupies a hyphenated position in illness, health and well-being. The study of cognition in relation to health is likely to help in developing insight into their underlying complex interactive mechanisms. Although researchers, in general, have realized the role of neurological, cognitive and genetic processes in health and disease, cognitive psychologists have yet to realize the significance of this interface. Also, there is need to articulate more precisely how the study of cognitive capacities and processes can help understanding health and disease. This demands a new paradigm for the study of both cognition and health and to integrate knowledge of two disciplines for promoting both health and human cognitive functioning at both physical and psychological level.
The field of cognition is alive, dynamic, and rediscovering itself all the time and applications of theories and principles of cognitive science are widespread and well recognized. However, most of the advances in theoretical and applied aspects of cognition have taken place in developed countries particularly in the West. In India, research in these areas is still in infancy and being undertaken in a very few and geographically scattered academic institutions and laboratories. Thus, there is need to review the recent trends in cognition and health research over the globe and to share and integrate findings from Indian research laboratories in order to plan future research needed in Indian context.
Organized by
Department of Psychology, Banaras Hindu University
Varanasi – 221005