Chris Eliasmith, Director of the Centre for Theoretical Neuroscience, received the prestigious John C. Polanyi Award and is also an inaugural member of the Royal Society of Canada's College of New Scholars, Artists, and Scientists.
The 8th Annual Waterloo Brain Day
The brain is a horrendously complex and poorly understood system that poses both an immense challenge -- and possibly rich rewards -- to neuroscientists, psychologists, philosophers, and computer scientists. To celebrate Waterloo's recent establishment of the Centre for Theoretical Neuroscience, which integrates these approaches to the brain, and to highlight the already established Cognitive Science Program, we have invited four internationally renowned speakers to present generally accessible lectures from each of these perspectives.
Past brain day lecturers include David van Essen, Patricia Churchland, William Bechtel, Geoff Hinton, Jack Gallant, Ned Block, Carl Craver, Terry Sejnowski, Keith Holyoak, Peter Strick, Jay McLelland, Tony Movshon, Jonathan Cohen, Larry Barsalou, Sebastien Seung, Mel Goodale, John Hopfield, Jesse Prinz, David Sheinberg, Gyorgy Buzsaki, Ian Gold, Michael Tarr, and Michael Hasselmo.
We have now confirmed our speakers for Brain Day 2014. For previous year's speakers can be found at past events. As with last year, we will have the lectures posted, if available, on this website shortly after Brain Day.
Monday, April 7, 2014
EV3-1408 (Environment 3 building, room 1408)
Philosophy - Daniel Dennett (Tufts University)
Psychology - Elizabeth Phelps (New York University)
Neuroscience - Barry Richmond (National Institutes of Health)
Computational Neuroscience - Randall O'Reilly (University of Colorado, Boulder)
9:15 Elizabeth Phelps, Changing Fear (video)
10:45 Randall O'Reilly, Goal-Driven Cognition in the Brain: A Computational Framework (video)
1:30 Barry Richmond, The Interaction of Reward and Memory in Assessing Reward Values
3:00 Daniel Dennett, The Hard Question of Consciousness: "And Then What Happens?" (video)
4:15 Reception (PAS 2464 - Psychology, Anthropology, Sociology building)
University of Waterloo Centre for Theoretical Neuroscience (CTN), Cognitive Science Program, and Faculty of Arts.