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.
Why 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, 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, Terry Sejnowski, Keith Holyoak, Jay McLelland, and Tony Movshon.
Date: Monday April 6, 2009
Place: Psychology, Anthropology, Sociology building (PAS), room 2083, University of Waterloo
9:15 Lawrence Barsalou, Emory University
Title: Grounding Knowledge in the Brain's Modal Systems
10:30 Refreshments provided
10:45 Jesse Prinz, University of North Carolina
Title: Consciousness, Attention, and the Brain
12:00 Lunch (not provided)
1:30 John Hopfield, Princeton University
Title: Spike Timing, Rhythms, and the Effective Use of Neural
2:45 Refreshments provided
3:00 David Sheinberg, Brown University (slides of Sheinberg lecture PDF)
Title: How the Brain Knows What's Out There: Exploring the Role of
Temporal Cortex in Recognition
4:15 Reception (PAS Lounge) - Cash Bar