Plenary lecturers
Round table


Prof. Boele De Raad, University of Groningen (The Netherlands)
Lecture topic:"Cultural and cross-cultural personality psychology"
Prof. de Raad obtained his PhD in 1985 in Groningen on Person-talk in everyday life. He wrote chapters and articles on Person-talk, on the psycho-lexical approach to personality, the structure of personality, personality models, cross-cultural approach to personality, as well as reviews on various personality-related topics, interpersonal structure, and studies on moral features (values and virtues). He also wrote books on the lexicon of personality, the Big Five approach, and on Theory of psychological discourse. Prof. de Raad has taught personality psychology, methodology, and discourse theory. He has been on the editorial boards of the European Journal of Personality, the European Journal of Psychological Assessment, and of Measurement. He organized summer schools, workshops, symposia, and international conferences on personality and on personality-related topics. He is the founding member of both the European Association for Personality Psychology (EAPP) and the European Association for Psychological Assessment (EAPA). He is past president of both the EAPP and the EAPA, as well as a founder and president of the World Association for Personality Psychology.
Prof. Gareth Gaskell, University of York (UK)
Lecture topic:"The role of sleep in language learning"
Prof. Gaskell is a Professor of Psychology and head of the Sleep, Language and Memory laboratory at the University of York, UK. His first degree was at Cambridge University, and he was awarded a PhD from Birkbeck College, University of London in 1994. After a period working at the Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit in Cambridge, he joined the Psychology Department at York in 1999, and has remained there ever since. Prof. Gaskell has strong interests in both psycholinguistics and memory, with a particular focus on the interface between the two.
In his early career he developed a model of spoken-word recognition, and he has studied written and spoken language perception and production across a wide range of languages. More recently he has become interested in learning and the plasticity of the language system and this has led him to explore the involvement of sleep in the process of learning and consolidating linguistic knowledge in adults and children.
Prof. Gaskell has edited several books on language including the Oxford Handbook of Psycholinguistics, and he is currently action editor for the Journal of Memory and Language.
Prof. Richard Bentall, Sheffield University (UK)
Lecture topic:"The social origins of psychosis"
Richard Bentall is Professor of Clinical Psychology at Sheffield University and has previously held chairs at Manchester University and Bangor University. He graduated with a BSc and then a PhD in experimental psychology at the University College of North Wales (now Bangor University) and then completed his clinical training at Liverpool University. He also holds an MA in philosophy applied to health care awarded by University College Swansea (now Swansea University).
His research interests have mainly focused on psychosis. He has studied the cognitive and emotional mechanisms involved in psychotic symptoms such as hallucinations, paranoid delusions and manic states, using methods ranging from psychological experiments, and experience sampling to functional magnetic resonance imaging. Most recently, his research has focused on why social risk factors (for example childhood adversities such as poverty, abuse, and bullying) provoke the cognitive and emotional changes that lead to these symptoms. In collaboration with colleagues at Manchester and elsewhere he has also conducted large scale randomized controlled trials of psychological interventions for people diagnosed with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and prodromal psychosis. He has published over 200 peer-review papers and a number of books including Madness explained: Psychosis and human nature (Penguin, 2003) and Doctoring the mind: Why psychiatric treatments fail (Penguin, 2009).
Dr Jelena Mirković, York St John University (UK)
Lecture topic:"What’s special about language? The mental machinery supporting language learning and language use"

Jelena Mirkovic is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at York St John University, UK. Her training in experimental psychology started at the Laboratory for Experimental Psychology, University of Belgrade, where she was awarded a BSc in Psychology. She continued her education in the US, and graduated with a PhD in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. Jelena’s main research area is psychology of language, with a particular focus on grammar learning and use. She explores how language learning and use are supported by memory mechanisms in the brain in adults and children.