“How Neurons Create A Mental Representation Of Space-Time”
Host: Ralf Wessel (WashU Physics)
Abstract: 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 is offered before the seminar at 3:30p in Compton Hall 245 (Danforth Campus).
For inquiries contact Ralf Wessel.