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The 2014 Homewood Brain and Cognition Lecture Series
Thursday May 8, 2014
Mason Hall (Homewood Campus)
COMPUTATIONAL APPROACHES to MIND and BRAIN
“The computational magic of the ventral stream: a theory”
Tomaso Poggio, Ph.D.
CBMM, McGovern Institute, Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory
Brain Sciences Department
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
“Human language is profoundly shaped by its neural substate”
Paul Smolensky, Ph.D.
Department of Cognitive Science
Johns Hopkins University
New Book Edited by MBI Researcher
A book edited by MBI Professor Jim Knierim was just published by Springer. The volume, titled “Space, Time and Memory in the Hippocampal Formation,” is a collection of chapters by international researchers investigating how the hippocampus encodes space and time and, in interaction with other brain structures, uses these depresentations to underlie declarative memory.
New grant awarded to MBI researcher
MBI Director Ed Connor was awarded a new 4-year grant from the National Eye Institute to study how the visual cortex represents environmental shapes. The title of the grant is "Neural Coding of 3D Object and Place Structure in Two Cortical Pathways"
Research from MBI published in Neuron, featured on NPR
A research article from the Lee Laboratory of MBI and collaborators at the University of Maryland appeared in the journal Neuron. This work, which demonstrated that visual deprivation can change the physiological properties of neurons in auditory cortex, was covered by NPR's All Things Considered (http://www.npr.org/2014/02/05/272092118/hard-of-hearing-a-few-days-in-the-dark-may-help).
Emily Petrus, Amal Isaiah, Adam P. Jones, David Li, Hui Wang, Hey-Kyoung Lee, and Patrick O. Kanold (2014) Crossmodal Induction of Thalamocortical Potentiation Leads to Enhanced Information Processing in the Auditory Cortex. Neuron. Published online Feb 5, 2014 (http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S089662731301091X).
See also coverage in JHU's HUB (http://hub.jhu.edu/2014/02/05/blindness-hearing-loss)
Research from MBI highlighted in This Week in Psychological Science
A recent research article by the Hsiao Laboratory and JHU School of Medicine collaborators was highlighted in the weekly newsletter to members of the Association for Psychological Science.
JM Yau, P Celnik, SS Hsiao, JE Desmond (2014) Feeling Better: Separate Pathways for Targeted Enhancement of Spatial and Temporal Touch. Psychol. Sci. Published online before print January 3, 2014, doi: 10.1177/0956797613511467.
Hsiao Laboratory awarded new grant on neural prosthetic research
Congratulations to the Hsiao laboratory, which was awarded a new grant from the National Institutes of Health entitled Sensory Feedback for Upper Limb Neuroprosthetics
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