Perception and Truth&Dementia. The challenge of the 21st century
Dutch Wednesday Lezing
Collaborative lecture: Prof. Dr. I.E.C. Sommer, Universiteit Utrecht and Prof. Dr. P. Scheltens, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Perception and Truth
The first lecture will be delivered by Prof. Dr. Iris Sommer, who will adress the concepts of perception and truth. What we perceive and how we perceive it is the result from an intricate collaboration between our sense organs and our brain. Only small aspects of our surrounding are entered to conscious perception, with emphasis put on contrast, unexpected objects and movement. From there, we interpret these selected fragments on the basis of previously learned associations, using likelyhoods to guess the whole picture. What results is a strict subjective perception of the world, heavily biased towards expectations and previous experience. If we realize how subjective our world view really is, it helps overcome different views.
Iris Sommer is Professor Psychiatry at the University Utrecht and was elected a member of the Young Academy of the Royal Dutch Academy of Arts and Science (DJA of KNAW). She is an invited member of AcademiaNet, making her one of the 500 leading women in sciences and putting her on the same list with the organization's chair Angela Merkel.
Dementia. The challenge of the 21st century
The second lecture will be held by Prof. Dr. Philip Scheltens, who will speak about dementia as the medical challenge of our century. He will guide us through the recent developments in prevalence, diagnosis and treatment of dementia, especially Alzheimer's disease.
Philip Scheltens is Professor of Cognitive Neurology and Director of the Alzheimer Center at the VU University Medical Center in Amsterdam, as well as Honorary Professor of Neurology at University College London. From 2011-2015 he has been the scientific director of the Dutch Pearlstring Institute (PSI). In 2012 he initiated the national dementia plan in the Netherlands, called the “Deltaplan Dementie” and was appointed as vice-chair of the board in 2013. He is founder of, and has directed since 2000 the VUmc Alzheimer Center. He was elected member of the Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2011 and was elected as member of the Board of Directors in 2015.