Pasteur's quadrant: Advancing basic cognitive neuroscience with real-world relevance

Seminar | January 18 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Melina Uncapher, Assistant Professor of Neurology, UCSF CEO, Institute of Applied Neuroscience

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Researchers of cognition and the brain likely consider our efforts as advancing mechanistic understanding, with the hope that they will eventually impact real-world problems. However, this dichotomous viewpoint between basic and applied research is becoming less appropriate with increasing advances in science and technology, and increased dialog between researchers and practitioners. In this talk, we’ll discuss ways in which research can consider real-world utility while also making significant advances in our fundamental understanding of the brain and cognition, a research space termed ‘Pasteur’s quadrant’ and defined by the dimensions of use and understanding (Stokes, 1997). I’ll discuss my research in learning and memory that was designed in partnership with practitioners and policymakers in the fields of education, technology, and law. In this way, we can begin to move from a unidirectional offering of research findings to a bidirectional conversation between the lab and the world.