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Mind/Brain Lecture Series: William Newsome
Start Date: 3/31/2014Start Time: 4:30 PM
End Date: 3/31/2014

Event Description:

Speaker: William Newsome, Professor of Neurobiology , Stanford University School of Medicine, and co-chair of the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Working Group, a recent initiative announced by the White House as part of a new Presidential focus aimed at revolutionizing our understanding of the human brain.

Topic: Perceiving and Deciding: From Single Neurons to Population Dynamics

For the past half-century, systems neuroscientists have been engaged in a charmingly quixotic quest: to understand sophisticated brain functions such as perception and decision-making by studying 100 billion (or so) nerve cells one at a time! This agenda is roughly similar to understanding the operation of a modern supercomputer by studying it one transistor at a time. The 'single neuron' quest has been far more successful than we had any right to expect at the outset, yet its limitations are becoming increasingly clear. While penetrating insights can still be obtained one-neuron-at-a-time, deeper understanding will require measurements of neural population dynamics combined with incisive new theoretical work.

Reception follows the lecture in the Staller Art Gallery.

Please call (631) 632-7238 for a disability-related accommodation. Wheelchair space in the theater is limited. Please arrive early for the best seating.

FREE PRESENTATION • INTENDED FOR A GENERAL AUDIENCE
Location Information:
West Campus - Staller Center  (View Map)
Nicolls Road
Main Entrance
Stony Brook, NY 11794
Phone: (631) 632-6000
Room: Main Stage
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