Date: November 05, 2020. 12:00
Location: CCU Seminar Room
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Title: Ways to think about the brain
Affiliation: NYU Neuroscience Institute, New York University, Langone Medical Center
Historically, research on the brain has been working its way in from the outside world, hoping that such systematic exploration will take us some day to the middle and on through the middle to the output. Ever since the time of Aristotle, philosophers and scientists have assumed that the brain (or, more precisely, the mind) is initially a blank slate filled up gradually with experience in an outside-in manner. An alternative, brain-centric view, the one I am promoting, is that self-organized brain networks induce a vast repertoire of preformed neuronal patterns. While interacting with the world, some of these initially ‘nonsensical’ patterns acquire behavioral significance or meaning. Thus, experience is primarily a process of matching preexisting neuronal dynamics to events in the world. I suggest that perpetually active, internal dynamic is the source of cognition, a neuronal operation disengaged from immediate senses.
Bio: György Buzsáki, the Biggs Professor in the Neuroscience Institute at NYU, is best known for his two-stage model for memory formation. His primary areas of interest are brain circuits, oscillations, sleep, and memory. His books Rhythms of the Brain and The Brain from Inside Out illuminate the neural mechanisms of cognition. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, USA. He served on the editorial board of Science and other leading journals.