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26th CiNet Monthly Seminar: Brian Wandell “Neural circuitry for vision and reading”


CiNet Monthly Seminar

Septemher 6, 2018
16:00 ~ 17:00
CiNet 1F Conference Room

“Neural circuitry for vision and reading”

Brian Wandell
Stanford University, Center for Cognitive and Neurobiological Imaging

Host : Hiromasa Takemura (Kida Group)

In the last twenty-five years there has been extraordinary progress in our ability to measure and model the tissue properties and activity in the living human brain using magnetic resonance imaging. Reliable measurements can be made at the millimeter scale in individual subjects, significantly enhancing the value of these techniques for both scientific and clinical applications. I will describe examples that combine functional MRI measurements with computational models to characterize the position, size and stimulus selectivity within the many different regions of visual cortex. I will then describe how to use diffusion MRI and quantitative MRI to model the connections between brain regions and measure the active, biological wires that carry information across the human brain.

We have been applying these methods to understand the brain circuitry that is essential for seeing words.  I will summarize certain findings using these methods to understand the development of a portion of the neural reading circuitry.  I am hopeful that the approach of combining quantitative measurements and computational models, supported by reproducible research tools, can provide a strong foundation for a human neuroscience that benefits society.