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Wednesday, April 6, 2016 — 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM EDT

The 10th Annual Waterloo Brain Day

silhouette of a brain with people standing on top of itThe 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 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 Daniel Dennett, Daniel Schacter, Paul Glimcher, 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.

Date:
Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Location:
EV3-1408  (Environment 3 building, Room 1408)

Speakers:
Philosophy
- Berit Brogaard (University of Miami, Director of Brogaard Lab for Multisensory Research)
Psychology - Stephen Read (University of Southern California, Social Affective Neuroscience of Decisions Lab)
Neuroscience - Sabine Kastner (Princeton University, Neuroscience of Attention and Perception Laboratory)
Computational Neuroscience - Larry Abbott (Columbia University, Centre for Theoretical Neuroscience)

Schedule:
8:30 am  Refreshments
9:00 am  Welcome
9:15 am  Sabine Kastner, Neural Dynamics of the Primate Attention Network (abstract)
10:45 am Berit Brogaard, The Superhuman Mind (video)
1:30 pm  Larry Abbott, Sense from Randomness in Neural Circuits (video)
3:00 pm  Stephen Read, Virtual Personalities: A Neuro-biologically Inspired Neural Network Model of Human Motivation and Personality (video)

Sponsored by:
University of Waterloo Centre for Theoretical Neuroscience (CTN), Cognitive Science Program, and Faculty of Arts.

 
Past Waterloo Brain Days
Cost 
No registration or cost required
Location 
EV3 - Environment 3
Room 1408
200 University Avenue West
Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1
Canada

Waterloo researchers among top in Canada

Chris Eliasmith writing on a whiteboardChris 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.

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