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Clinical Science Brown Bag Series (no talk scheduled today)
March 3, 2015

No Talk Scheduled for Today

Vanderbilt Brain Institute - Brain Blast
March 7, 2015

"Brain Blast," a half-day of free, hands-on activities for children and adults will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, March 2, at Vanderbilt Health One Hundred Oaks.

Vanderbilt students and neuroscientists will lead activities on the first floor, at Entrance D. Participants will be able to “build a neuron,” experiment with DNA, and touch a real brain.

"Brain Blast" is a highlight of Vanderbilt's annual Brain Awareness Month, sponsored by the Vanderbilt Brain Institute to raise awareness about brain disorders and neuroscience research.

The public is invited to attend two other free "Brainstorm" events:

•â€ˆ“Enhancing School Performance with Family Training,” the Jeanette J. Norden Outreach Lecture, by Helen Neville, Ph.D., professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, University of Oregon, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 12, in the Wyatt Center Rotunda of Vanderbilt’s Peabody College.

•â€ˆ“Educational Neuroscience,” a panel discussion featuring Brain Institute director Mark Wallace, Ph.D., and Vanderbilt investigators Bruce McCandliss, Ph.D., Laurie Cutting, Ph.D., and Gavin Price, Ph.D., at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 28, in the Wyatt Center Rotunda.

Five other lectures are aimed at the Vanderbilt community:

•â€ˆ“The Flavor Hypothesis: Did Retronasal Smell Drive Human Evolution?” by Gordon Shepherd, M.D., D.Phil., professor of Neurobiology, Yale University, 3 p.m. Monday, March 4, 1220 MRB III.

•â€ˆ“Experimental, Genetic and Epigenetic Effects on Human Neurocognitive Development,” the Brainstorm Keynote Lecture, by Helen Neville, Ph.D., 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 13, room 241, Vanderbilt Kennedy Center, One Magnolia Circle.

•â€ˆ“The Miniature Brain: Activation of the Cortical Microcircuit during Rest, Sensory Stimulation and Top-down Attention,” by Alexander Maier, Ph.D., assistant professor of Psychology at Vanderbilt, 4:10 p.m. Tuesday, March 19, in 1220 MRB III.

•â€ˆ“Remembrances of Things Past: Neural Signals and the Organization of Memory,” by Sean Polyn, Ph.D., assistant professor of Psychology at Vanderbilt, 4:10 p.m. Friday, March 22, room 204, Mayborn Building, Peabody College.

•â€ˆ“Go, No Stop! Cognitive Neuroscience of the Expression and Suppression of Impulsive Motor Actions,” by Wery van den Wildenberg, Ph.D., assistant professor of Psychology, University of Amsterdam, 4:10 p.m. Wednesday, March 27, 208 Light Hall.

For more information, contact Beth Sims at or 936-3705.

Clinical Science Brown Bag Series: Ashley Motlong
March 10, 2015

Ashley Motlong, Department of Psychology (Bachorowski Lab), Vanderbilt University

Tuesday, 3/10/15

12:10 p.m.

WH 316

Title and Abstract TBA

CCN Brown Bag Series: Anat Fintzi
March 11, 2015

Anat Fintzi, Department of Psychology (Marois Lab), Vanderbilt University

Wednesday, 3/11/15

12:10 p.m.

Wilson Hall 115

Title and Abstract TBA

Neuroscience Brown Bag Series: Rick Lin
March 12, 2015

Rick Lin Ph.D., Neurobiology & Anatomical Sciences, University of Mississippi Medical Center

Thursday 3/12/15

12:10 p.m.

Wilson Hall 316

Title & Abstract TBA

Clinical Science Brown Bag Series: Steven Brunwasser
March 17, 2015

Steven Brunwasser Ph.D., Psychology & Human Development, Vanderbilt University

Tuesday, 3/17/15


Wilson Hall 316

"Neural circuits underlying pattern completion"

Our brains must continually make cognitive inferences based on putting together information from different sources to orchestrate perceptions, decisions and behavior. The mechanisms underlying such integrative processes are critical to cognition. In this talk, I will discuss the magic behind pattern completion in the context of visual recognition. Recognition of objects from partial information presents a significant challenge for theories of vision because it requires spatial integration, extrapolation from prior knowledge and inference. I will present invasive neurophysiological recordings from the human ventral visual and psychophysical measurements during object completion. Responses along the ventral visual stream remained selective despite showing only a small fraction of objects. These visually selective signals emerged ~100 ms later for partial versus whole objects, consistent with similar behavioral delays that accompany object completion. Computational modeling shows that the performance of a family of purely bottom-up architectures is significantly impaired by heavy occlusion and that this effect can be partially rescued via the incorporation of top-down and/or recurrent connections. These results provide spatiotemporal constraints on theories of object recognition that involve recurrent processing to recognize objects from partial information and take initial steps towards elucidating how neural circuits can implement intelligent inference. 





Department of Psychology Colloquium Series: Gabriel Kreiman
March 17, 2015

Gabriel Kreiman, Ph.D., Department of Opthamology, Boston Children's Hospital

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

4:00 p.m.

Wilson Hall 126

Title and Abstract TBA

CCN Brown Bag Series: Ken Norman
March 18, 2015

Ken Norman Ph.D., Department of Psychology, Princeton University

Wednesday, 3/18/15

12:10 p.m.

Wilson Hall 115

Title and Abstract TBA

Neuroscience Brown Bag Series: Dan Miller
March 19, 2015

Dan Miller, Department of Psychology (Kaas Lab), Vanderbilt University

Thursday, 3/19/15

12:10 p.m.

Wilson Hall 316

Title & Abstract TBA

Professional Development Colloquium Series presents Vicki Ahlstrom
March 20, 2015

Careers with the US Government: A Professional Development Workshop for Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Fellows in Psychological Sciences and Neuroscience

 Vicki Ahlstrom, Engineering Research Psychologist Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

Friday March 20, 2015, 115 Wilson Hall, 4:00-6:00 p.m.

Vicki Ahlstrom is an Engineering Research Psychologist and Technical Lead for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in the Human Factors Branch at the William J. Hughes Technical Center in Atlantic City. She is responsible for research and standards development related to air traffic systems. Vicki was in the graduate program in Psychology at Vanderbilt from 1992-1997 under the guidance of Randolph Blake. In addition to talking specifically about her own career path and past and present job responsibilities working for the FAA, she will talk in general about some of the kinds of jobs available for those with graduate degrees in psychology and neuroscience with federal government agencies, careers in government, how jobs are advertised, how job applicants are evaluated, and general tips when considering this possible career path.

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