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2nd CiNet Monthly Seminar : Bill Newsome, “Monitoring covert cognitive processes via neural population dynamics in frontal cortex”

 

CiNet Monthly Seminar

December 5, 2016
16:30 ~ 17:30
会場 : CiNet 1F 大会議室

“Monitoring covert cognitive processes via neural population dynamics in frontal cortex”

Bill Newsome
Professor, Neurobiology
Stanford University

担当 : 天野薫  (PI)

Abstract:
The neural mechanisms underlying decision-making are typically examined by statistical analysis of large numbers of trials from sequentially recorded single neurons.  Averaging across sequential recordings, however, obscures important aspects of decision-making such as ‘changes of mind’ (CoM) that occur at variable times on different trials.  I will show that the covert decision variables (DV) can be tracked dynamically on single behavioral trials via simultaneous recording of large neural populations in prefrontal cortex. Vacillations of the neural DV, in turn, identify candidate CoM in monkeys, and show that they closely match the known properties of human CoM. Thus simultaneous population recordings can provide insight into transient, internal cognitive states that are otherwise undetectable.

About CiNet’s Monthly Seminar:
In CiNet Monthly Seminar, distinguished external (national and international) speakers will give a lecture about their latest work. The lecture will be held once a month from 16:00 at the CiNet main lecture theatre, followed by an informal discussion in the coffee room. List of speakers will be announced in advance. Everyone is welcome to attend, and welcome to join the after seminar discussion.