QBI Neuroscience Seminar: Pre-membering perception
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- Speaker: Professor Anna Christina (Kia) Nobre
Cognitive Neuroscience, University of Oxford, United Kingdom
Title: Pre-membering perception
Abstract:We tend to think of memories as a psychological function for re-visiting the past. However, our memories also hold most of our expectations about the context in which relevant events unfold. We have been investigating whether and how our brains put our past experiences to work in order to optimise interactions dynamically during perception.
Biography: Anna Christina (known as Kia) Nobre is a cognitive neuroscientist interested in understanding the principles of the neural systems that support cognitive functions in the human brain. Her current research investigates how neural activity linked to perception and cognition is dynamically modulated according to memories, task goals, and expectations. She is also interested in understanding how these fine and large-scale regulatory mechanisms develop, and how they are disturbed in disorders of mental health. Her work integrates behavioural methods with a powerful combination of non-invasive techniques to image and stimulate the human brain. Kia obtained her PhD from Yale University. She moved to Oxford in 1994 where she is now Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Oxford and Tutorial Fellow of Psychology at New College. Kia directs the Oxford Centre for Human Brain Activity, a state-of-the-art facility for scientists investigating the neural dynamics that underpin human cognition and the neural deficits in psychiatric and neurological disorders, and heads the Brain & Cognition Lab, in the Department of Experimental Psychology.
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