Seminars and Events

SPRING 2014:

Feb. 28, 12:30pm, MBH 220:
(lunch available at 12:15)

Adam Weaver, Biology Dept,
St. Michael's College

“Life-Sustaining Rhythm: Neuronal Analysis and Mathematical
Models of the Leech Heartbeat System

Feb. 28, 12:30pm (MBH 216):
(refreshments provided)

Mike Stefanik ('08.5), Ph.D. Candidate
Department of Neuroscience
Medical University of South Carolina

"What's light got to do with it? Optogenetic control of drug seeking in rats"

April 18,  12:30pm (MBH 220):

Cameron Bryant, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Dept of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics and Psychiatry
Boston University School of Medicine

"From drugs to food: Genomic approaches to the neurobiology of substance abuse in mice"

Prof. Daniel Schacter, Harvard University:

Thursday April 17, 4:30pm, MBH (TBA)

"The Seven Sins of Memory"

 Friday April 18th, 12:30pm,_MBH (TBA)
(lunch available at 12:15pm)

"Constructive Memory and Imagining the Future"

An important function of memory is to allow individuals to simulate or imagine future scenarios. Recent studies have shown that simulating future events depends on much of the same neural and cognitive machinery as does remembering past events. We have suggested that simulation of future events requires a system that can draw on the past in a manner that flexibly extracts and re-combines elements of previous experiences, sometimes producing memory distortions that reflect the operation of adaptive processes. This talk considers both pitfalls and adaptive aspects of future event simulation in the context of research on planning, problem solving, mind wandering, and the interconnected set of brain regions known as the default network.

Professor Schacter is a Psychology Professor and principal investigator of the Cognitive Neuroscience lab at Harvard University. Professor Schacter's research explores the relation between conscious and unconscious forms of memory, the nature of memory distortions, how individuals use memory to imagine possible future events, enhancement of online learning, as well as the effects of aging on memory.  Sponsored by the Biology Class of '88 Lecture Fund.

October 16, 2013, 6:00pm, MBH 309:

Neuroscience Meet & Greet!

 October 17, 2013,  4:30pm, MBH 220:

"Picturing Skeletons:
Science, Global Trade, and the Roots of Modern Kistraction"
Shigehisa Kuriyama