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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Real-Time and Adaptive Auditory Neural Processing

Seminar: Redwood Seminar | March 1 | 12-1 p.m. | 560 Evans Hall

Sahar Akram, Starkey Hearing Research Center

Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Decoding the dynamics of brain activity underlying conscious behavior is one of the key questions in systems neuroscience. Sensory neurons, such as those in the auditory system, can undergo rapid and task-dependent changes in their response characteristics during attentive behavior, and thereby result in functional changes in the system over time. In order to quantify human’s conscious...   More >

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Learning-based and behavioural evidence for probabilistic perception in the cortex

Seminar: Redwood Seminar | March 2 | 12-1 p.m. | 560 Evans Hall

Jozsef Fiser, Central European University

Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

560 Evans
The notion of interpreting cortical operations as probabilistic computation has been steadily gaining ground in neuroscience, and with the emergence of the PPC-based and sampling-based frameworks, now there exist clear theoretical alternatives of how such computation might happen in the brain. Nevertheless, a number of crucial issues necessary to make these frameworks biologically...   More >

Friday, March 3, 2017

Cognition Colloquium: Metareasoning and mental simulation.

Colloquium | March 3 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

Jessica Hamrick, UC Berkeley

Department of Psychology

Our own Jessica Hamrick will present her exit talk, "Metareasoning and mental simulation."

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Contextualizing and Confronting the Effects of Complex Trauma on Youth Development:: Understanding Youth Trauma and Cultivating Resilience

Conference/Symposium | March 4 | 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. | Gym First Presbyterian Church

2407 Dana St, Berkeley, CA 94704

Dr. Jeff Duncan-Andrade, Associate Professor of Raza Studies and Education, San Francisco State University

Dr. Daniela Kaufer, Professor of Integrative Biology, UC Berkeley; Dr. Darlene Francis, Professor of Public Health and Neuroscience, UC Berkeley

Critical Trauma Working Group

This 1-day free conference is focused on understanding and addressing childhood trauma through a critical lens. It is geared to students, researchers, community practitioners, and community members, including youth.


Registration opens January 30. Register by March 1 online.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Graduate Student Seminar

Seminar: Oxyopia Seminar | March 6 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall

Rachel Albert, O’Brein Lab; Paul Cullen, Flanagan Lab

Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Friday, March 10, 2017

The nature of visual working memory: objects, scenes, and the role of semantic knowledge

Seminar: ICBS Seminar | March 10 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

Tim Brady, University of California, San Diego

Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

In this talk, I’ll suggest a rethinking of the nature of visual working memory: first, I’ll argue that we have a separate object working memory and scene working memory system, which show themselves in a wide variety of tasks (ranging from developmental psychology to cognitive neuroscience) and each contribute to nearly all working memory tasks. Second, I’ll argue that working memory, like...   More >

Monday, March 13, 2017

Linking Structure And Function In The Human Visual System With Adaptive Optics

Seminar: Oxyopia Seminar | March 13 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall

​Will S. Tuten, OD, PhD

Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

In humans, fine-scale spatio-chromatic vision is the result of neural processes initiated in cone photoreceptors. The overarching goal of my research is to understand how the cellular architecture of the cone mosaic shapes vision, both in healthy subjects and in patients with retinal disease. Adaptive optics scanning laser ophthalmoscopy (AOSLO) enables high-resolution imaging of retinal...   More >

The role of auditory feedback in speech production: Berkeley Ear Club

Colloquium | March 13 | 4 p.m. | Tolman Hall, Beach Room 3105

John Houde, Speech & Nuroscience Lab Otolaryngology UC San Francisco

Department of Psychology

An important part of understanding the neural control of speech is determining how auditory feedback is processed during speaking. The behavioral phenomena associated with auditory feedback suggest a paradox about its role: it need not be present for intelligible speech production, but if it is present, it needs to be correct or speech output will be affected. For this reason, current models of...   More >

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Understanding Person Recognition: Psychological, Computational, and Neural Perspectives

Seminar | March 14 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

Alice O’Toole, School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences The University of Texas at Dallas

Department of Psychology

The study of person recognition over the last decade has concentrated almost entirely on recognition from the faces. In the real world, recognition of others often begins at a distance, where identity-specific information in the face is poorly resolved. At this distance, identity information in the shape of the body can support and constrain recognition. Remarkably little is known about how we...   More >

Marian Diamond Day

Film - Documentary: Neuroscience Seminar | March 14 | 7-9 p.m. |  OLD CITY HALL

2134 Martin Luther King Jr. WAY, Berkeley, CA 94720

Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

In conjunction with the PBS broadcast of MY LOVE AFFAIR WITH THE BRAIN; THE LIFE AND SCIENCE OF DR. MARIAN DIAMOND, the City of Berkeley is honoring Marian with:

Marian Diamond Day proclaimed in Berkeley on March 14, 2017 7pm OLD CITY HALL AT 2134 Martin Luther King Jr. WAY

Friday, March 17, 2017

Cognition Colloquium: Uncovering visual priors in spatial memory using serial reproduction

Colloquium | March 17 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

Thomas Langlois

Department of Psychology

Our own Thomas Langlois will present his work on, "Uncovering visual priors in spatial memory using serial reproduction."

Monday, March 20, 2017

Visual Perception and Circuit-Level Insights into Autism

Seminar: Oxyopia Seminar | March 20 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall

Caroline Roberston, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Atypical visual perception is a defining characteristic of autism, noted since the earliest reports of the condition. We know very little about where visual differences arise in the autistic brain or how they relate to the wider litany of symptoms associated with the condition. In this talk, I will first present extensive fMRI and psychophysical evidence that autistic visual differences originate...   More >

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The neuroscience of cognitive development and mathematics skill acquisition

Lecture | March 21 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

Torkel Klingberg

Department of Psychology

Professor Torkel Klingberg from the Karolinska Institute in Sweden will be giving a lecture in the Cognitive Neuroscience colloquium series in Psychology.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The Future of the Multi-core Platform Task-Superscalar Extensions to Von-Neumann Architecture and Optimization for Neural Networks

Seminar: Redwood Seminar | March 22 | 12-1 p.m. | 560 Evans Hall

Michael Frank, Magicore Systems

Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

560 Evans
Technology scaling had been carrying computer science thru the second half of the 20th century until single CPU performance started leveling off, after which multi- and many-core processors, including GPUs, emerged as the substrate for high performance computing. Mobile market implementations followed this trend and today you might be carrying a phone with more than 16 different...   More >

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Neuroscience Student Seminar Series

Seminar | March 23 | 4-5 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center | Canceled

CANCELED - Kia Nobre, University of Oxford

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

Friday, March 24, 2017

Formats for thinking

Seminar: ICBS Seminar | March 24 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

Elisabeth Camp, Rutgers University

Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Many philosophers, logicians and psychologists assume an exhaustive and exclusive dichotomy between "imagistic", iconic, or pictorial representations and "discursive", logical, or propositional ones. Others dismiss the distinction as meaningless, on the ground that any content can be captured in propositional terms. Adherents of both positions often conclude that thought -- at least, cognition of...   More >

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Let's Have an Awesome Time Doing Science!

Conference/Symposium | March 29 | 9 a.m.-1 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

Steve Whitelam (LBL): a material scientist passionate about science writing; Eugene Cordero (San Jose State University): a climate scientist passionate about educational outreach; Michael Mayhew (LLNL): a computational biologist who tries to teach computers to diagnose people's diseases; Ryan Dalton (UC Berkeley): a Miller Fellow studying the molecular basis of sensory perception; Traci Grzymala (UC Berkeley): trained as an insect biologist and now brings science and scientists to elementary schoolers; Marla Feller (UC Berkeley): a physicist-turned-neuroscientist seeking to understand the circuitry of vision; Lior Pachter (CalTech): a computational biologist who is dedicated to promoting scientific integrity

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

Register online.

Reprogramming the Brain to Health Symposium: Brain Training to Promote Brain Health

Conference/Symposium | March 29 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | 100 Genetics & Plant Biology Building

Mark D'Espostio, UC Berkeley; Dan Krawcyzk, UT Dallas; Tony Chen, UCSF; Ian Robertson, UT Dallas; Michael Merzenich, UCSF; Adam Gazzaley, UCSF; Sandra Chapman, UT Dallas

Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

This symposium will bring together the most distinguished brain scientists to share and learn up-to-date breakthroughs in brain research.

RSVP by March 28 by emailing