This course will present the state-of-the art understanding of brain function and dysfunction and its relationship to normal and abnormal cognition. A review of the central neurobiological, cognitive, and clinical concepts will be offered, with some of the established concepts challenged and novel ones introduced.

The course is designed to be both relevant and accessible to practicing neuropsychologists, clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, neurologists, cognitive neuroscientists, as well as other professionals interested in cutting-edge issues of brain and cognition.

June 2024.

Morning coffee:  8:30 am – 9:00am
Lecture:  9:00am – 10:30am
Coffee break:  10:30am – 11:00am
Lecture:  11:00am – 12:30pm
There will be an opportunity for the participants to continue discussions in small groups after the lectures.

Conference room at Anja Hotel, Bali.
Address: Jl. Yoga Perkanthi No.2, Jimbaran, Kec. Kuta Sel., Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Phone: +62 361 3352068

$1,175 (USD) for the 5-day program (travel and hotel expenses are not included).
In the unlikely case of program cancellation, a full refund will be issued for the program tuition. However, travel and hotel expenses will not be reimbursed. Travel and medical insurance is strongly advised. If a participant wants to cancel registration, tuition will be refunded as long as the cancellation is made no later than one week prior to the beginning of the course, minus a $125 (USD) processing fee.

There will be a separate charge for the cultural tours guided by Dr. Cokorda Bagus, paid directly to Suryani.
Institute for Mental Health of Bali at the time of the events.


  • General review of the neural basis of executive functions: frontal lobes and related structures.
  • Executive functions in evolution.
  • Subdivisions of the prefrontal cortex and major frontal-lobe syndromes.
  • Break
  • From modules to networks. Large-scale networks: Central Executive, Default Mode, and others.
  • Elements of executive functions: models of the future, generativity, mental flexibility, impulse control, and others.
  • Q & A
  • New ideas in the cognitive neuroscience of executive functions.
  • Decision making in novel and ambiguous environments. Agent-centered decision making.
  • Lateralization of frontal-lobe structure and function.
  • Break
  • Sex and handedness differences.
  • Frontal lobes and emotions.
  • Q & A
  • The working memory conundrum: working memory in animals and humans.
  • Intelligence and the frontal lobes.
  • Creativity and the frontal lobes: hyperfrontality, hypofrontality and the creative spark.
  • Break
  • Frontal lobes and the lifespan: how neurobiology and environment interact in the age of innovation.
  • Frontal lobes and consciousness.
  • Q & A
  • Executive dysfunction in neurodevelopmental syndromes.
  • The triple-decker: overcoming the fragmentation of clinical neuroscience and connecting the dots.
  • Rethinking Tourette syndrome and its relationship to ADHD.
  • Break
  • Executive dysfunction in dementias: Alzheimer’s disease; Lewy body dementia and Parkinson’s disease; Frontotemporal degeneration.
  • Executive dysfunction in dementias (continuation).
  • Q & A
  • Executive dysfunction in traumatic brain injury. The “mild TBI” conundrum.
  • Executive dysfunction in neuropsychiatric disorders: schizophrenia and affective disorders.
  • Executive dysfunction in long neuro-COVID.
  • Executive function assessment tools. Their strengths, limitations, and what the new “frontal-lobe” assessment tools should target. Agent-centered cognition.
  • Break
  • Summing up: What we have learned and the next frontiers.
  • Q & A


Elkhonon Goldberg, Ph.D., ABPP/ABCN, is a a clinical neuropsychologist and cognitive neuroscientist, and the Founding Director of Luria Neuroscience Institute and Goldberg Brain-Mind Symposia. He is a diplomate of The American Board of Professional Psychology / American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology, with over 40 years of experience in neuropsychological diagnosis, cognitive rehabilitation, and forensic neuropsychology.

Dr. Goldberg is internationally renowned for his research, writings, clinical work, and teaching in the area of clinical neuropsychology and cognitive neuroscience. He is particularly well known for his work on executive functions and dysfunction. His other areas of expertise include memory disorders, attention deficit disorder, dementia, traumatic brain injury, and others.

Dr. Goldberg was a student and close associate of the great neuropsychologist Alexander Luria, whose memory he honored in two edited volumes: Contemporary Neuropsychology and the Legacy of Luria (Laurence Erlbaum, 1991) and The Legacy of Luria in the 21st Century (Oxford University Press, 2009).

Goldberg’s books The Executive Brain: Frontal Lobes and the Civilized Mind (Oxford University Press, 2001); The Wisdom Paradox: How Your Mind Can Grow Stronger as Your Brain Grows Older (Gotham Books, Penguin, 2005); The New Executive Brain: Frontal Lobes in a Complex World (Oxford University Press, 2009) have received international critical acclaim and have been published in 24 languages. His book Executive Functions in Health and Disease (Academic Press, 2017) has received a “highly commended book” award by the British Medical Association. His most recent book is Creativity: The Human Brain in the Age of Innovation (Oxford University Press, 2018).

Goldberg is a foreign member of The Venetian Institute of Science, Literature and Arts; as well as a recipient of Copernicus Prize for contributions to neurosciences and neuropsychology, and of Tempos Hominis medal for international medical sciences educations. Goldberg has served as Visiting Scholar at The Institute for Advanced Studies of Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Visiting Professor at University of Sydney. He lectures worldwide. His current research spans a wide range of topics, which include the brain mechanisms of decision making, cross-cultural cognitive neuroscience, and Artificial General Intelligence.


Cultural tours will be offered in the afternoons, introducing those interested to the rich cultural heritage of Bali, as well as to the local mental health programs. The tours will be guided by Dr. Cokorda Bagus Jaya Lesmana. A distinguished Indonesian psychiatrist and cross-cultural researcher, Dr. Cokorda Bagus is a member of one of the most prominent multigenerational Balinese families, steeped in the island’s rich history and culture like very few others. He is looking forward to introducing the visitors to his island’s cultural heritage from the unique perspective of someone intimately involved in its preservation and advancement.
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