December Meeting of the Behavioral Neuroscience Journal Club

Posted on 11/29/2016 12:56:34 PM

Dr. Ray Pavloski (Psychology) will discuss recent neural simulation research which attempts to explain how visual stimuli are represented in the brain.

The December meeting of the Behavioral Neuroscience Journal Club will be held on Friday December 2, from 1:00-2:00 p.m. in 114 Uhler. 

The scope of neuroscience is limited by the ‘hard problem’ of specifying how a quality of experience, such as color, shape, or visual unity, is related to measurements of physical quantities in neural networks. These limitations are clearly illustrated by our inability to construct a visual prosthesis that produces the experience of a unified object by using input from a video camera to stimulate visual cortex.

In this presentation, Dr. Pavloski will describe computer simulation research and psychophysical research with human participants that he and his colleagues have conducted with the goal of identifying a physical signature of one aspect of visual experience – that of a unified object. Identifying objective signatures of qualities of experience would provide a starting point for a scientific solution to the hard problem.

All members of the IUP community are welcome to attend. Please contact Dr. Paul Nealen (Biology, with questions.