ELSC Special Seminar: January 10th, 2019

ELSC cordially invites you to the lecture given by:


Prof. Kalanit Grill-Spector

Department of Psychology and Stanford Neurosciences Institute, Stanford University  


On the topic of:

Neural Mechanisms of the Development of High-level Visual Cortex


The lecture will be held on Thursday, January 10, at 10:30

at ELSC: Becker Auditorium, Goodman Brain Sciences Building

Edmond J. Safra Campus

Light refreshments at 10:15


How do brain mechanisms develop from childhood to adulthood leading to better visual recognition?  There is extensive debate if brain development is due to pruning or growth. Here I will describe results from a series of recent experiments using new MRI methods in children and adults together with analysis of postmortem histology that tested these competing theories. Anatomically, we examined if there are developmental increases or decreases to macromolecular tissue in the gray matter and how anatomical development impacts function and behavior. Functionally, we examined if and how neural sensitivity, information about object categories, and spatial computations by population receptive fields develop from childhood to adulthood. Critically, we tested how these neural developments relate to perceptual discrimination, recognition ability, and looking behavior, respectively. Together, our data reveal a tripartite relationship between anatomical, functional, and behavioral development and suggest that emergent brain function and behavior during childhood result from cortical tissue growth that affects functional processing, rather than pruning.