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Closing lecture guest – Peter de Weerd

Prof. Peter de Weerd from Maastricht University(The Netherlands) will conduct a closing lecture about “A model-based experimental investigation into the contribution of gamma oscillations to neural communication”.
“Peter De Weerd’s work is focused on neural operations in early sensory systems and how they are modified by attention and experience (skill learning). His work starts from psychophysical experiments in humans testing the mechanisms of perception, attention, and learning, which are then explored in human experiments (using fMRI or more recently also MEG), or in animal models (using neurophysiology and molecular approaches) for specific fundamental questions that cannot be answered via human research. Current foci of interest include the contributions of feedforward and feedback connections to attention and learning, the molecular mechanisms of long-term changes in sensory cortex, the contributions of attention and mere (unconscious) exposure to long-term changes, the stability of long-term modifications (consolidation, reactivation, reconsolidation, interference, etc.), the role of microsaccades in perception, attention, and learning, and the contributions of oscillatory responses (gamma and their nesting in lower frequency bands) to these cognitive functions.” [1]

More bio info and abstract.

Useful links:
1. A mechanism for cognitive dynamics: neuronal communication through neuronal
. Fries, Trends Cogn. Sci., 2005
2. Binding in models of perception and brain function.von der Malsburg, Curr. Opin. Neurobiol., 1995
3. Comparisons of the dynamics of local field potential and multiunit activity signals in macaque visual cortex.Burns et al., J. Neurosci., 2010
4. Differences in Gamma Frequencies across Visual
Cortex Restrict Their Possible Use in Computation
. Ray and Maunsell, Neuron, 2010
5. Input-Dependent Frequency Modulation of Cortical Gamma Oscillations Shapes Spatial Synchronization and Enables Phase Coding. Lowet et al., PLOS Comp. Biol., 2015
6. Impairments in Spatial Generalization of Visual Skills After V4 and TEO
Lesions in Macaques (Macaca mulatta)
De Weerd et al., Behavor. Neurosci. 2003
7. MicroRNA-137 regulates a glucocorticoid receptorā€“dependent signalling network: implications for the etiology of schizophrenia Valles et al., J Psychiatry Neurosci. 2014

Cognitive Neuroscience session guest – Dr. Esha Massand

We are happy to present you our next guest – Dr. Esha Massand fromĀ Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development, Birkbeck, University of London. Her scientific work focuses onĀ Ā neurodevelopmental disorders such as Autism Spectrum Disorder and Down syndrome. You can find more information here.

Dr. Massand will open Cognitive Neuroscience session with lecture: “Neurocognitive memory-related phenotypes of infants with Down syndrome may predict protective/risk markers for Alzheimerā€™s diseas“.