CDB Seminar Series - Professor Neil Burgess - 13 September 2018

Start: Sep 13, 2018 01:00 PM
End: Sep 13, 2018 02:00 PM

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Title: "Neural mechanisms of spatial cognition"
Speaker: Professor Neil Burgess - Professor of Cognitive and Computational Neuroscience (research profile)
Venue: JZ Young LT, Anatomy Building (map)
Host: Dr Caswell Barry (email)

Abstract: I will present experimental and theoretical work on two related topics. (1) How networks of neurons allow sensory information (encoded ‘egocentrically,’ according to location relative to the body) to interact with representations of self-location and orientation (encoded ‘allocentrically’, relative to the environment), and how these networks allow us to find our way around a known environment, and to remember and imagine the spatial context of events. (2) How place and grid cells combine self-motion and environmental inputs to represent self-location following the principles of ‘self-localization and mapping’ in mobile robotics. The experimental work will include functional neuroimaging during virtual navigation in both mice and humans. The theoretical work will include simulations of how populations of neurons support cognition and behaviour.