14th CiNet Monthly Seminar : Marcel van Gerven, “Neural networks as a window on human cognition”

CiNet Monthly Seminar

January 10, 2018
16:00 ~ 17:00
CiNet 1F Conference Room

“Neural networks as a window on human cognition”

Marcel van Gerven

Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour
Radboud University

Host : Shinji Nishimoto (PI)

In past years, modern neural networks have led to major breakthroughs in various areas of research. In the Artificial Cognitive Systems lab we have embraced the use of neural networks to further our understanding of human cognition and endowing machines with cognitive abilities. In this talk, I will touch upon the different ways in which neural networks can be used as a tool in neuroscience to model neural information processing. Particularly, I will describe our use of neural networks to construct encoding models in various domains. Next, I will describe how adversarial training of neural networks can be used to generate state of the art reconstructions of internal representations from brain activity patterns. I will also touch upon our recent work which uses neural networks to restore function in the blind and create empathic robots that are able to recognize someone’s personality. I will conclude the presentation with a general discussion of how to model natural intelligence with neural networks.