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Complex behaviour & Cerebral Cortex..., J. Martinez-Trujillo

Thursday, September 14, 2017
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Physics & Astronomy Building (PAB)
Room: 100

Department of Physics and Astronomy


Dr. Julio Martinez-Trujillo

Department of Physiology & Pharmacology
Brain and Mind Institute
Robarts Research Institute
University of Western Ontario

“Complex behaviour and the Cerebral Cortex, a fertile ground for quantitative scientists”


The cerebral cortex is the part of the brain that has evolved the most in humans and other primates, the most intelligent creatures in the planet. The cerebral cortex is composed of trillions of small units called neurons that fire electrical pulses to communicate with one another. From this symphony of digital pulses (the neural code) and an exquisite connectivity blueprint between neurons, complex thoughts, memories and behaviours arise. Is it possible to reverse engineer the brain? Can we measure neural activity and build dynamic models of the brain? In this presentation, I will show examples of how to conduct electrophysiological measurements of the activity of single neurons and neuronal ensembles during complex behaviors aimed at cracking the neural code. I will elaborate on a theory of how visual information can travel through different cortical areas, is decomposed into tractable features via neural computations, and is reassembled again by integrator neurons to be stored as memories. I will discuss current developments and challenges in the field of neuroscience that are of interests to physicists, mathematicians and other quantitative disciplines.

STUDENTS – after the talk, you’re encouraged to return to the 2nd floor Atrium lounge to meet with the speaker.
COFFEE – coffee and cookies will be available in the 2nd floor Atrium lounge at 1:15 p.m.
CELL PHONES – as a courtesy to the speaker and audience, please set your cellphones to “silent” mode. Thanks!
Prof. A. Soddu
Jodi Guthrie - Assistant to the Chair
519-661-2111 ext.86438
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