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Monday, February 5, 2018

What is Stereo Good For?

Seminar: Oxyopia Seminar | February 5 | 12-1 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall

Suzanne McKee, PhD, The Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute, Lab Director

Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Abstract: All primates, including, of course, humans, have evolved to have forward-facing eyes; each eye sees almost the same view of the world. By giving up the view of possible predators approaching from behind, our species gained highly precise stereopsis. The median stereoacuity for college students is 12” (Coutant & Westheimer,1992); it is roughly half this value for practiced subjects...   More >

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Cognitive Adaptations to Harsh Environments

Lecture | February 6 | 10-11:30 a.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

Willem Frankenhuis, Behavioural Science Institute, Radboud University

Department of Psychology

Growing up in a harsh environment has a major impact on cognition. People from such environments tend to score lower on a variety of cognitive tests. The predominant view in psychology is, therefore, that chronic exposure to harsh conditions impairs cognition. I have recently challenged this consensus by proposing that harsh environments do not exclusively impair cognition. Rather, people also...   More >

The 1000+ neurons challenge: emergent simplicity in (very) large populations

Seminar: Redwood Seminar | February 6 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 560 Evans Hall

Leenoy Mesulam, Princeton University

Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Recent technological progress has dramatically increased our access to the neural activity underlying memory-related tasks. These complex high-dimensional data call for theories that allow us to identify signatures of collective activity in the networks that are crucial for the emergence of cognitive functions. As an example, we study the neural activity in dorsal hippocampus as a mouse runs...   More >

Thursday, February 8, 2018