How Neurons Create A Mental Representation Of Space-Time

Prof. Mayank Mehta (host Wessel), Departments of: Physics & Astronomy; Neurology; Neurobiology, UCLA
October 24, 2018 at 4:00 pm
204 Crow
Event Description 

How do we create abstract ideas? All animals naturally perceive abstract space and time. They can form complex memory of experiences in space time, for subsequent navigation. How does the brain rapidly turn concrete physical stimuli into abstract representations such as space-time and episodic memories? What are the underlying biophysical mechanisms? How does one verify these biophysical theories experimentally? To address these questions, we have developed biophysical theories and tested them experimentally. While much work remains to be done these efforts provide useful and surprising insights.

Coffee: 3:30 pm, 245 Compton