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Institute of Advanced Study

Past Events

IAS Seminar - Chronic extracellular electrophysiological recording of multiple single neurons and local field potentials in the freely behaving rat: how the brain creates models of the world

16th December 2013, 13:00 to 14:00, IAS Seminar Room, Cosin's Hall, Palace Green, Dr Colin Lever (Durham University, Department of Psychology)

Abstract: Human neuroimaging is useful for large-scale mapping of brain area to function and can give some useful insights into functional connectivity. This kind of technique needs to be complemented, however, by neuron-level approaches. I will describe one such technique applied to the behaving rodent. This technique can open a window onto the building blocks of representation, suggesting how a key function of the brain is to create models of the external world. I will focus on the hippocampal formation showing how it builds, adapts and appropriately retrieves maps of the local environment. I will also briefly consider other hippocampal functions and single-neuron approaches to the social world.

Fellows' seminars take place on Monday lunchtimes in the seminar room at Cosin's Hall.

Places are limited and so any academic colleagues interested in attending a seminar should contact the Institute in advance to reserve a place.

The aim of these seminars is to develop new thinking on the big issues that are of current concern/interest for the Fellows . Each Fellow is asked to present a core idea that informs their current work, or a problem that they are tackling, that could benefit from cross-disciplinary thinking. These seminars are informal and designed to encourage discussion.

Contact enquiries.ias@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.