A course on ‘Perception of Time’ under the Global Initiative in Academic Network (GIAN) by HRD was inaugurated at Centre of Behavioural and Cognitive Sciences, University of Allahabad on 1st March 2016. This initiative is aimed at tapping the talent pool of scientists and entrepreneurs internationally to encourage their engagement with the institutions of Higher education in India so as to augment the country’s existing academic resources, accelerate the pace of quality reform, and elevate India’s scientific and technological capacity to global excellence. This course is the first of its kind at University of Allahabad. The course will continue till 15th March 2016 coordinated jointly by Professor John Wearden, University of Keele, UKand Prof. Narayanan Srinivasan, Centre of Behavioural and Cognitive Sciences, University of Allahabad and Professor John Wearden is Emeritus Professor of Psychology at the University of Keele in the UK. He has worked in almost all areas of time perception including: historical studies, timing in animals, the development of internal clock models of time perception in humans, the developmental psychology of time, time and ageing, judgements of the passage of time in everyday life. He has been extensively involved both in experimental studies of time perception, using methods ranging from laboratory studies to questionnaires, but has also developed many quantitative models of time perception, some of which have become standard in the field. Prof. Narayanan Srinivasan is currently Professor and Head at the Centre of Behavioural and Cognitive Sciences (CBCS), University of Allahabad is interested in understanding mental processes especially perception, attention, and emotions. He has worked on the effect of social factors on time perception. He also studies the effects of emotions and intentions on time perception.
The Inaugural ceremony commenced with Prof. Narayanan Srinivasan welcoming the dignitaries and guests. The inaugural ceremony was chaired by Prof. Ratan Lal Hangloo, Vice Chancellor, University of Allahabad.Among the dignitaries were Prof. John Wearden, Emritus Professor, University of Keele, Prof. R.K. Singh, AU GIAN Coordinator, Prof.Janak Pandey, Prof. R.C.Tripathi, Prof. Rashmi Kumar, Prof. Harsh Kumar, Prof. Shukla, Prof. GauriChattopadhyaya, and Prof. S. Rizvi.
Prof. R.K. Singhdiscussed the aim of Global Initiative in Academic Network and need for such initiatives in India. Prof. R. K. Singh also outlined the steps taken at University of Allahabad to conduct courses under this initiative. Prof. Wearden talked about the structure of the course on ‘Perception of Time’. The course designed in different modules will cover topics such as Introduction and Theories of time perception, Timing and other Cognitive Processes, Modelling Time Perception,Development of Time Perception and Neuroscience of Time Perception. The course is devised to provide insight on issues pertaining to how we apparently perceive time in the apparent absence of an “organ” to do so? How does time perception change from childhood through adulthood to old age? How are cognitive processes like attention, memory, and emotion implicated in time perception? What neural processes might underlie our perception of time? It is intended to provide participants with an introduction to the main trends in time perception research from the 19th Century up until the present day and will also involve laboratory classes where participants will gain hands-on experience of some of the classic and modern methods for studying time perception.
Prof. Ratan Lal Hangloo, Vice Chancellor, University of Allahabad also welcomed the scientists, researchers and guests. He shed light on the importance and diverse nature of such initiative in the sharing and transfers of knowledge and skills at a global level. He emphasized the importance of studying time in an interdisciplinary manner spanning multiple social and natural sciences. Prof. Bhoomika. R. Kar, CBCS extended vote of thanks to all the dignitaries, guests and participants along with HRD and University of Allahabad for their cooperation and help in organizing the course.
The Centre of Behavioural and Cognitive Science (CBCS), University of Allahabad, Allahabad is organizing a Global Initiative for Academic Network (GIAN) Course from March 1-15, 2016 on “Perception of Time” by Prof. John Wearden Emeritus, Psychology, University of Keele, UK and Prof. Narayanan Srinivasan. Inauguration of the GIAN course will be held on March 1, 2016 at 12 noon in the Seminar Hall of the CBCS, AU. Prof. R.L. Hangloo (Chair), Vice-Chancellor, University of Allahabad will chair the Inaugural Session. Prof. R. K. Singh (local GIAN coordinator) will discuss the GIAN program and its features. Prof. John Wearden is Emeritus Professor of Psychology at the University of Keele in the UK. He is the author of forthcoming bood, the Psychology of Time Perception, as well as more than a hundred articles on time perception in scientific journals and books. He has worked in almost all areas of time perception including: historical studies, timing in animals, the development of internal clock models of time perception in humans, the developmental psychology of time, time and ageing, judgements of the passage of time in everyday life. He has been extensively involved both in experimental studies of time perception, using methods ranging from laboratory studies to questionnaires, but has also developed many quantitative models of time perception, some of which have become standard in the field. The 2-week GIAN course will consist of participants from throughout India. The course will consist of five modules:
Module 1: Introduction and Theories of time perception (March 1-5, 9 lectures);
Module 2: Timing and other Cognitive Processes (March 5-9, 7 lectures);
Module 3: Development of Time Perception (March 10-11, 3 lectures);
Module 4: Neuroscience of Time Perception (March 11-14, 4 lectures);
Module 5: Modelling Time Perception (March 15, 2 lectures).
The course will also consist of lab sessions and experimental demonstrations.