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Seminar: Professor Simon Rumpel

April 5 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Dynamics of the mouse auditory cortex and the perception of sounds
Wednesday 5th of April @ 4 pm5:30 pm (Sherrington Library, Sherrington Building)

Simon Rumpel from the Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, will talk about his research at the Cortex Club on Wednesday, 5th of April.

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Current research focus
“Our lab focuses on the function and plasticity of neuronal circuits. Specifically, we would like to know how sounds are represented in the auditory cortex and how these representations are transformed into long-term memory. This is fundamental in understanding the mind: memories of past experiences shape our personalities and influence our current perception.”

Neuroscientists have often described the adult brain in similar terms to an electronic circuit board – dependent on fixed, precise connectivity. However, with the advent of technologies allowing chronic measurements of neural structure and function, the emerging picture is that neural networks undergo significant remodeling over multiple timescales, even in the absence of explicit learning or sensory perturbation. In my talk, I will present recent chronic imaging data on the long-term dynamics of synaptic networks and functional cell assemblies in the mouse auditory cortex and discuss concepts how to build stable sensory representations from unstable building blocks.

Further reading
Bathellier et al. (2012). Discrete Neocortical Dynamics Predict Behavioral Categorization of Sounds. Neuron 1 Vol. 76, Issue 2, pp. 435-449, DOI:10.1016/j.neuron.2012.07.008


April 5
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm


Sherrington Library, Level 2
Sherrington Building
Oxford, OX1 3PT
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