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Strüngmann Forum Reports

The Ernst Strüngmann Forum is dedicated to the promotion of interdisciplinary communication and research. It facilitates the expansion of knowledge by providing experts with a creative environment to scrutinize high-priority problems from multiple perspectives. The insights and future research directions that emerge are disseminated in the Strüngmann Forum Reports.

Contextualizing Relationships and Development

Multidisciplinary perspectives on the cultural and evolutionary foundations of children’s attachment relationships and on the consequences for education, counseling, and policy.

Principles and Applications

Experts from the natural and social sciences examine the coexistence of productive and exploitative behavior strategies observable in many species at many levels.

New Perspectives on Mental Illness

Psychiatrists and neuroscientists discuss the potential of computational approaches to address problems in psychiatry including diagnosis, treatment, and integration with neurobiology.

Toward a New Synthesis for Economics

An exploration of how approaches that draw on evolutionary theory and complexity science can advance our understanding of economics.

Toward Action-Oriented Views in Cognitive Science

Experts from a range of disciplines assess the foundations and implications of a novel action-oriented view of cognition.

Toward New Therapies

Experts from academia and industry discuss how to create a new, more effective translational neuroscience drawing on novel technology and recent discoveries.

Experts explore the influence of trace metals on the pathogenesis of infectious diseases.

The Transformative Power of Children and Families

Experts investigate the role of child development in promoting a culture of peace, reporting on research in biology, neuroscience, genetics, and psychology.

International experts examine the effects of urbanization and economic globalization on land use and offer new insights to advance understanding and sustainable practice.

Evolution and Synthesis

Leading researchers address conceptual and technical issues in schizophrenia and suggest novel strategies for advancing research and treatment.

Society, Technology, Language, and Religion

Leading scholars report on current research that demonstrates the central role of cultural evolution in explaining human behavior.

A Mysterious Relationship

A presentation of music and language within an integrative, embodied perspective of brain mechanisms for action, emotion, and social coordination.

Envisioning Health Care 2020

How eliminating “risk illiteracy” among doctors and patients will lead to better health care decision making.

A multidisciplinary examination of cognitive mechanisms, shaped over evolutionary time through natural selection, that govern decision making.

Evolution, Algorithms, and the Brain

An exploration of the evolution, function, and mechanisms of search for resources in the mind and in the world.

Contemporary Issues in Comparative Cognition

Experts from psychology, neuroscience, philosophy, ecology, and evolutionary biology assess the field of animal cognition.

Implications for Global Health

Experts explore the biological, social, and economic complexities of eradicating disease.

From Neurons to Mind

An examination of how widely distributed and specialized activities of the brain are flexibly and effectively coordinated.

Experts discuss the multiple components of sustainability, the constraints imposed by their linkages, and the necessity of taking a comprehensive view.

Interdisciplinary perspectives on the evolutionary and biological roots of syntax, describing current research on syntax in fields ranging from linguistics to neurology.

Their Relationship to Energy Balance, Atmospheric Dynamics, and Precipitation

Experts consider the many roles that clouds play in the the changing climate--one of the least understood and most puzzling aspects of atmospheric science.


Experts discuss the implications of the ways humans reach decisions through the conscious and subconscious processing of information.