ELSC Special Seminar: January 8th, 2020

ELSC cordially invites you to the lecture given by:


Dr. Sagi Jaffe-Dax 

Princeton University

On the topic of:

“The Integrating Brain Across Development”



The lecture will be held on Wednesday, January 8th, at 10:00

at ELSC: Room 2004, Goodman Brain Sciences Building

Edmond J. Safra Campus


Host: Prof. Merav Ahissar


Learning can take many forms. From the moment we leave the womb we are bombarded with a flow of sensory information and somehow we need to make sense of it. Sometimes with explicit guidance, but most of the time, the learning process takes place through experiencing new events, adapting our cognition to new scenarios and predicting upcoming events. In my work, I am trying to track the mechanisms of learning in different stages of development: How is learning manifested in the brain and what are the principles that govern the learning process. Out of many possible aspects of learning, the framework of learning for this talk will be a process in which we accumulate experience across time, integrate this information to form summary statistics, and build predictions regarding future expected information. The idea that I am going to put forward is that the ability to integrate information over time is a hallmark of our cognition. I will argue that this ability is available from early infancy, that it develops as we grow, and that it is vital for successful outcome of development. I will show how simple neural adaptation can support this ability of integration and conclude with suggestions on how to push these ideas forward.