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Seminar: Dr Adam Kampff

April 29, 2016 @ 15:30 - 17:00

What does cortex do (in a rat)?
Friday 29 April @ 3:30 pm5:00 pm (Le Gros Clarke Lecture Theatre)

Adam Kampff from University College London will be discussing outstanding questions on the function of the cortex for different behaviours and in different animals. His research group investigates the role of the rodent cortex in learning and behaviour by designing new behavioural assays and electrical recording technologies, with the eventual aim of implementing general principles in machines.

The role of cortex in the execution and learning of behaviour remains unclear, particularly in lower mammals (e.g. rodents). My lab studies the cortex of rodents; we design new behavioural assays and new electrode technologies for recording from distributed populations of neurons. In a typical seminar talk, I would present an overview of my lab’s work and highlight our exciting progress in clarifying the function of cortex. This usually takes about an hour, but if there is time remaining, then I also like to introduce (and briefly speculate answers to) some of the outstanding questions: What behaviours require cortex? Why are these different between primates and other mammals? What does this tell us about the role (and origin) of cortex? Cortex Club is not a typical seminar series. Therefore, I have decided to expand these “final 5 minutes of speculative brainstorming” into the majority of my presentation. I will present work from my lab, but also that of many others over the past 150 years, to motivate explicit proposals for the teleology of mammalian cortex.

Further reading
Kawai et al. (2015). Motor cortex is required for learning but not for executing a motor skill. Neuron. 86:3, 800–812.


April 29, 2016
15:30 - 17:00
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