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13:00 - 14:00 13 September 2018

CDB Seminar - "Neural Mechanisms of Spatial Cognition"


J Z Young Lecture Theatre | Anatomy Building (link Map)
Gower Street | London | WC1E 6BT | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Student

Host: Caswell Barry

Speaker: Professor Neil Burgess http://iris.ucl.ac.uk/iris/browse/profile?upi=NBURG72

Abstract I will present experimental and theoretical work on two related topics. (1) How networks of neurons allow sensory information (encoded ‘egocentrically,’ according to location relative to the body) to interact with representations of self-location and orientation (encoded ‘allocentrically’, relative to the environment), and how these networks allow us to find our way around a known environment, and to remember and imagine the spatial context of events. (2) How place and grid cells combine self-motion and environmental inputs to represent self-location following the principles of ‘self-localization and mapping’ in mobile robotics. The experimental work will include functional neuroimaging during virtual navigation in both mice and humans. The theoretical work will include simulations of how populations of neurons support cognition and behaviour.


Marilyn Bryan
020 7679 8015 (internal 08015) | m.bryan@ucl.ac.uk