11th CiNet Monthly Seminar : Hakwan Lau, “Prefrontal Cortex and Conscious Perception”

CiNet Monthly Seminar

September 22, 2017
16:00 ~ 17:00
CiNet 1F Conference Room

“Prefrontal Cortex and Conscious Perception”

Hakwan Lau
Associate Professor
Department of Psychology (Cognitive & Behavioral Neuroscience)
Brain Research Institute, UCLA

Host : Kaoru Amano (PI)

Is activity in prefrontal cortex (PFC) critical for conscious perception?  Major theories of consciousness make distinct predictions about the role of PFC, providing an opportunity to arbitrate between these views empirically. Here we address three common misconceptions: i) PFC lesions do not affect subjective perception; ii) PFC activity does not reflect specific perceptual content; iii) PFC involvement in studies of perceptual awareness is solely driven by the need to make reports required by the experimental tasks, rather than subjective experience per se. These claims are grossly incompatible with empirical findings, unless one focuses only on studies using methods known to give limited sensitivity. The literature supports PFC’s essential role in enabling the subjective experience in perception, contra the objective capacity to perform visual tasks; conflating the two can also be a source of confusion.

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.

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