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Alice Lin will be presenting "Detecting individual memories through the neural decoding of memory states and past experience". Please RSVP by Tuesday evening if you'd like to attend.
EunJung Hwang will be presenting "Dendritic organization of sensory input to cortical neurons in vivo". Please RSVP by Tuesday 5/18 if you'd like to attend.
Sweta Agrawal will be presenting two papers. Please RSVP by Tuesday evening if you'd like to attend.
We have all heard at one time or other about place/spatial memory work done in mice, and the role of the hippocampus in this type of memory. However, relatively recently, many scientists have begun looking at the same question in Drosophila. I thought looking over these articles might bring up some interesting questions like what exactly is place memory, how valid is the paradigm being used with Drosophila, and do insects process spatial information in any way that is similar to vertebrates?
Erik Schomburg will be presenting "Impact of spikelets on hippocampal CA1 pyramidal cell activity during spatial exploration". Please RSVP by Tuesday evening if you'd like to attend.
Note from Erik: "This study looks interesting to me because it looks at how subthreshold membrane activity, which has been difficult to observe experimentally, correlates with behavior and the spatial map, and how this drives the spiking activity."
This week Peter Weir will be presenting two papers. Please RSVP by Tuesday evening if you'd like to attend.
Teaser: These two papers explore hearing in insects. This little-discussed modality provides an interesting case study of sensory transduction and its behavioral consequences.
Dominic Rizzo will be presenting three short papers. Please RSVP by Tuesday evening if you'd like to attend.
I'm going to cover a set of three papers with the common theme of embedded intelligence. They're each pretty short, but taken cumulatively point at some interesting correlations between concrete experiences and how they impact our perception of abstract ideas like value.
Xoana Troncoso will be presenting "Changes of mind in decision-making". Please RSVP by Tuesday evening if you'd like to attend.
From "Faculty of a 1000":
"This study presents interesting findings suggesting that human subjects can change their minds after making an initial decision about which arm movement to perform by continuing to process previously acquired sensory evidence about action choices that is still in the central processing "pipeline", even if no new sensory evidence is available from the environment after the initiation of the movement."
Review of state of the art eye tracking techniques.
Robert Sapolsky discusses how a parasite can affect mammalian neurobiology and behavior. http://edge.org/3rd_culture/sapolsky09/sapolsky09_index.html
Tamara Knutsen will be presenting. Please RSVP by Tuesday evening if you'd like to attend.