On Thursday 18th January 2024, 3.30 pm CET, Professor Russell Epstein (University of Pennsylvania, PA, USA) will give a talk entitled “Structuring the cognitive map”.
On Thursday 19th October 2023, 3.30 pm CEST, Professor Nicholas Turk-Browne (Yale University, CT, USA) will give a talk entitled “Cognitive neuroscience of learning and memory in human infants”.
On Thursday 14th September 2023, 3.30 pm CEST, Professor Anna Schapiro (University of Pennsylvania, PA, USA) will give a talk entitled “Learning representations of specifics and generalities over time“.
How can the amazing abilities of our memory be explained on the basis of brain anatomy? It is known that different brain functions are anchored in different areas and structures of the brain. For example, we know that certain areas of the cerebral cortex are responsible for perception of the outer world, imagining our future, and thinking about other people. However, little is knowing about connection of the brain regions supporting these important cognitive functions with the human memory system.
Using a novel approach of precision neuroimaging and high-resolution functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), neuroscientists and physicists at MPI CBS in Leipzig (Germany) and anatomist Menno Witter from the Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience in Trondheim (Norway) have now ventured into the depths of the human memory system. They discovered previously unknown cortical networks and shed light on the anatomical organization of the human memory system. Their findings were recently published in the prestigious journal “Neuron“.
On Thursday 15th June 2023, 2.30 pm CEST, Professor Erie D. Boorman (University of California, Davis, USA) will give a talk entitled “Cognitive maps, cognitive demands, and inference”.
Deep artificial neural networks (DNNs) trained through backpropagation provide effective models of the mammalian visual system, accurately capturing the hierarchy of neural responses through primary visual cortex to inferior temporal cortex (IT). However, the ability of these networks to explain representations in higher cortical areas is relatively lacking and considerably less well researched.
On Thursday 25th May 2023, 3.30 pm CEST, Professor Christian Buechel (University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE), Germany) will give a talk entitled “How expectations and their violations shape perception”.
A science manager position is available at the Department of Psychology (scientific director: Christian Doeller) at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig, Germany. We are looking for someone to coordinate, in close cooperation with the scientific director, the relevant organizational and management tasks in support of the scientific activities in the Department. Our scientific focus is on cognitive neuroscience.
Gaining insight into the relationship between previously separate events allows us to combine these events into coherent episodes. This insight may occur via observation or imagination. Although much of our reasoning occurs in the absence of direct sensory stimuli, how mnemonic integration is accomplished via imagination has remained completely unknown.
On Thursday 20th April 2023, 3.30 pm CET, Professor Tom Griffiths (Princeton University, NJ, USA) will give a talk entitled “The rational use of cognitive resources”.