Call for Papers for JPS Madrid 2023


Bringing Theory to the Forefront of Developmental Neuroscience

Susan Rivera and Caitlin Mahy (Program Organizers)
Cintia Rodríguez, María Núñez, & Floor van Alphen, & Ignacio Brescó (Local Organizers)

Extended submission deadline: January 15, 2023

For proposal submission information go to Note that submission need not address the conference theme.

Conference Theme:

This 2023 conference theme will examine how developmental neuroscience can address theories of development. Plenary speakers will be invited to discuss their work from multiple domains of development science and focus on how it informs developmental theory. Specifically, the conference will highlight cutting-edge neuroscience work in socioemotional and cognitive development that represents a shift of focus away from examining what areas of the brain are associated with certain processes towards rigorous inquiry into how neuroscience can inform and test theoretical predictions. Thus, the invited program will include researchers who use neuroscience methods to examine dynamic developmental processes that drive how social and cognitive development unfolds and who have a strong theoretical orientation in their research. The occasion of our 52nd anniversary provides a unique and timely opportunity to both celebrate Piaget’s enduring contributions to contemporary developmental scholarship and practice and consider the ways neuroscience can help developmental scientists shed light on developmental processes in a way that supplements behavioral observation. In addition, understanding how the brain develops can lead to a better comprehension of the timing of sensitive or critical periods, and may inform educational practices or interventions.

Plenary Speakers and Topics:

  • Marie Arsalidou (Higher School of Economics, Russia) “Translating links between neuroscience and constructivist developmental theory”
  • Eveline Crone (Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands) “How neuroscience informs adolescent theories of development”
  • Peter Marshall (Temple University, United States) “Brains in bodies, bodies in brains”
  • M. Rosario Rueda (Universidad de Granada, Spain) “Developing an attentive brain: Contribution of the cognitive neuroscience approach to a theory of attentional development”