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Psychology’s Pavloski Presents at 20th Anniversary Toward a Science of Consciousness Conference

Raymond Pavloski, Department of Psychology, gave a presentation entitled “Neural Networks in the Early Visual System May Create What they Cannot Compute: Temporal Sequences of Connected Open Sets of Neurons With Non-Empty Intersections as Visual Objects” at the 2014 Toward a Science of Consciousness conference in Tucson, Arizona. 

Pavloski’s presentation summarized his recent neural network research, which is focused on understanding the relationship between brain activity in the visual system and aspects of visual experience. Building on a topological model of the visual oneness of an object as its appearance changes in size and shape, Pavloski developed computer simulations that demonstrate how neural networks in the first stages of visual processing can create such a model. By doing this, neural networks may create that aspect of visual experience.

Celebrating its 20th anniversary, Toward a Science of Consciousness is the largest and longest-running interdisciplinary conference emphasizing broad and rigorous approaches to the study of conscious awareness. An estimated 700–800 participants from over 60 countries were expected to take part in this year’s event.

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