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Why do neurons in cortex respond so selectively to words, objects and faces? Seminar

16:00 - 18:00
13 November 2014
University of Southampton Highfield Campus Shackleton Building (Building 44) Level 1, Room 1087

For more information regarding this seminar, please email Coral Abraham or Allyson Marchi at; .

Event details

Visiting Speaker - Autumn Psychology Seminar Series

A classic finding in neuroscience is that single neurons in cortex often respond to information (e.g., an image of a face) in a highly selective manner. An obvious question is why do neurons respond in this way? I'll describe a series of neural network simulations that show that models learn to code information in a selective manner when they are trained to store many things at the same time in short-term memory. 

Speaker information

Professor Jeffrey Bowers, University of Bristol. I received my degree in psychology (BSc) at the University of Toronto (1987), and completed a Ph.D. with Daniel Schacter and Kenneth Forster at the University of Arizona (1993) on the topic of long-term priming. I then moved to Montreal for a post-doctoral position at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Centre Hospitalier Cote-Des-Neiges, working with Daniel Bub on letter-by-letter reading (1993-1994). Following this I moved to Rice University as an assistant professor (1994-1998), and then took a position of a lecturer at the University of Bristol, where I am now a professor.

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