Lunch Hour Lecture: Recording from a myriad of neurons to understand behaviour
25 February 2020, 1:00 pm–2:00 pm
This talk explores behaviour arising from the joint activity of millions of neurons distributed across the brain and new technology co-developed at UCL, called Neuropixels, to record activity.
Darwin Lecture Theatre (entrance via Malet Place)Darwin BuildingGower StLondonWC1E 6BTUnited Kingdom
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About the lecture:
Behaviour arises from the joint activity of millions of neurons distributed across the brain. To understand this joint activity, we must record activity all over the brain at the neuronal scale, during behaviour. This has recently become possible thanks to a new technology co-developed at UCL, called Neuropixels. With this technology, a single scientist at UCL was able to record from 30,000 neurons during a decision-making task, revealing that decisions are mediated by networks that are surprisingly distributed across the brain. UCL is leading a worldwide collaboration, the International Brain Laboratory, to scale this achievement to 1 million neurons.
About the Speaker
GlaxoSmithKline / Fight for Sight Professor of Visual Neuroscience at UCL
Matteo Carandini is the GlaxoSmithKline / Fight for Sight Professor of Visual Neuroscience at University College London. He co-directs the Cortical Processing Laboratory and helps steer the Neuropixels Collaboration and the International Brain Laboratory.