Heller Lecture - Prof. Matteo Carandini Tue. 8.3, 17:00

March 8, 2016

Heller Lecture Series in Computational Neuroscience


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Prof. Matteo Carandini                                               

 University College London


On the topic of 

"Soloists and Choristers in the Orchestra of the Brain"

The lecture will be held on Tuesday, March 8, 2016
Location: ELSC, Silberman Bldg., 3rd wing, 6th floor at 17:00

Light refreshments at 16:45

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These are exciting times for brain scientists: thanks to powerful new techniques, we have a chance of understanding how populations of neurons work in concert to produce behavior. These techniques combine next-generation electrical probes with virtual reality, powerful optics, and genetic engineering. In this broad lecture, I will illustrate how these techniques are allowing our laboratory to probe how the brain of mice sees, decides, and navigates. I will then focus on a classic question originally posed, as it happens, by scientists in Israel: if we picture a population of neurons as being an orchestra, are the individual neurons akin to choristers who join in the main tune, or to soloists who play their own tune? I will show how our laboratory answered this question thanks to a brilliant young scientist who, as it happens, is also from Israel, and thanks to the powerful new techniques available today to brain science.