Seminar: Prof Karl Friston

I am therefore I think
Wednesday 23 November @ 4 pm5:30 pm (Le Gros Clark Lecture Theatre)

Karl Friston from University College London (UCL) will discuss his research at the Cortex Club on Wednesday 23 November. Friston currently works on models of functional integration in the human brain and the principles that underlie neuronal interactions. His main contribution to theoretical neurobiology is a free-energy principle for action and perception (active inference).

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Seminar: Prof Richard Hahnloser

Social learning in songbirds: dissecting neural algorithms using behavioural experiments.
Monday 10 October @ 4 pm5:30 pm (Le Gros Clark Lecture Theatre)

Richard Hahnloser from the Institute of Neuroinformatics at the University of Zurich and ETH Zurich will discuss his research at the Cortex Club on Monday 10 October. He is interested in computational goals involving sensory inputs and motor outputs, and his research group studies vocal production and vocal learning in songbirds using reductionist experimental and theoretical approaches.

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Seminar: Prof Marcos Frank

Sleep and cortical plasticity: living the dream
Tuesday 13 September @ 4 pm5:30 pm (Sherrington Library)

Marcos Frank from Washington State University will discuss his research at the Cortex Club on Tuesday 13 September. He is interested in the regulation and function of sleep in developing and adult animals, particularly in relation to brain plasticity and the role of glia. His research group is working towards determining the role of sleep in the development of central visual pathways as well as the role of glia in the accumulation and discharge of sleep pressure and synaptic plasticity.

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Seminar: Prof Jonathan Wallis

Decoding dynamic cognitive processes from neural ensembles
Monday 1 August @ 4 pm5:30 pm (Sherrington Library)

Jonathan Wallis from the Department of Psychology and the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute at UC Berkeley will speak about the activity of neural ensembles in the orbitofrontal cortex during decision-making. His research group focuses on how goals are represented in the prefrontal cortex at the single neuron level and how decisions are in turn controlled by these goals.

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Seminar: Prof Wolf Singer

Coding in high dimensional state space? A novel interpretation of cortical processing
Tuesday 12 July @ 4 pm5:30 pm (Sherrington Library)

Wolf Singer from the Ernst Strüngmann Institute (ESI) for Neuroscience and the Max Planck Institute (MPI) for Brain Research will speak about cortical processing, and in particular, the rapid integration of sensory evidence with stored priors. His research group focuses on neuronal processes that underlie higher cognitive functions in the mammalian cerebral cortex as well as their deterioration in disease.

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