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    From 2006 to 2015, the laboratory held 15 global or regional international academic conferences, covering both the comprehensive frontier issues of cognitive neuroscience and in-depth discussions in fields of specialization. Positive progress has been achieved in the exchange of the findings and the expansion of the influence of the laboratory.

    In 2007, the laboratory was awarded by Project 111, which aims to attract international distinguished experts in the field of cognitive neuroscience. In 2011, the first five-year of growth were accomplished, the base assessment was successfully passed, and the second five-year continuous support was obtained. In the last five years, focusing on the area of the visual learning, a series of high-level papers have been published in the most influential journals. The perceptual learning theory which prevailed for more than 20 years has been questioned and a new theory of "rule-based perceptual learning" has been proposed, which indicates that perceptual learning involves complicated interactions from top to bottom and from bottom to top. In research on brain regions, the theories of "learning variability", “learning theory”, and “consistency in activation” have been proposed, which are different from the mainstream. At the cellular level, it was found that learning training can improve the ability of visual cortical neurons to extract task-related image information from complex backgrounds, which provides direct neurophysiological evidence for the theory that visual learning can lead to plasticity in the visual cortex. In the last 9 years of expansion, we have adhered to the principles of "dynamic adjustment" for the recruitment and have attracted nearly 30 overseas talents. The genetic and cognitive neural mechanisms related to learning have been studied from various aspects, including genetic, structural, functional, cognitive development, and brain network modeling, and outstanding results have been achieved, which have significantly enhanced the laboratory's scientific research strength and international influence.

    In 2011, the IDG / McGovern Institute for Brain Research at Beijing Normal University was established with the generous support from Patrick J. McGovern, the founder of International Data Group (IDG), Lore Harp McGovern, co-founder of McGovern Brain Institute at MIT and Hugo Shong, executive vice president of IDG. The Institute aims to promote research in neuroscience, especially developmental neuroscience, including developmental neuroscience of children and adolescents, learning and brain plasticity, brain dysfunction of children and adolescents, and so on. The ultimate goal of the Institute is to understand human minds and brains so as to promote children's education and development and alleviate the suffering of patients and families with various brain dysfunctions.

    The joint experimental bases and joint laboratory have been established. The four experimental bases are respectively located in PLA 306 Hospital, Xuanwu Hospital, Tiantan Hospital, and West China School of Medicine at Sichuan University. The joint laboratory is the Joint Laboratory of Magnetic Resonance Data Acquisition and Analysis Technology co-established by Beijing Normal University and Siemens.