April 2008 - Waterloo Brain Day

people standing on top of a brainWhy a 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 (CTN), 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.

Date: April 8, 2008
Place: Psychology, Anthropology, Sociology building (PAS), room 2083, University of Waterloo

Speakers:
Patricia Churchland (University of California, San Diego UCSD) - Philosophy
Keith Holyoak (University of California, Los Angeles) - Psychology
David van Essen (Washington University in St. Louis) - Neuroscience
Terry Sejnowski (University of California, San Diego UCSD) - Computation

Schedule:
8:30 Refreshments
9:00 Welcome
9:15 Terry Sejnowski (UCSD, Salk Institute)
       Title: Critique of Pure Vision
10:30 Refreshments Provided
10:45 Keith Holyoak (UCLA, Psychology)[Holyoak lecture video][Q&A with
Holyoak video
]
        Title: Analogy in the Mind and Brain
12:00 Lunch (not provided)
1:30 David van Essen (Washington University in St. Louis, Neurobiology) 
       [van Essen lecture video]
       Title: The Structure, Function, and Development of Human Cerebral 
       Cortex - A Neuroimaging Perspective

2:45 Refreshments Provided
3:00 Patricia Churchland (UCSD, Philosophy)[Churchland lecture video] [Q&A with Churchland video]
       Title: What can Neuroscience Teach Us about Morality?
4:15 Reception (PAS Lounge) - Cash Bar

Sponsored by:
University of Waterloo Centre for Theoretical Neuroscience
Cognitive Science Program
Faculty of Arts

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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