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November 2017

Learning and plasticity in adolescence – Delia Fuhrmann (UCL)

November 22 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

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Post-hoc tests, multiple comparisons, contrasts and handling interactions – Peter Watson (MRC CBU)

November 23 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

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Central nervous system pericytes: new insight on their identity and potential role in brain repair – Dr Ilknur Ozen – Lund University

November 23 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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Depersonalisation Disorder: from psychopathology to cognitive neuroscience – Professor Anthony David, Professor of Cognitive Neuropsychiatry, King’s College, London

November 23 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

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Investigating the Functional Anatomy of Motion Processing Pathways in the Human Brain – Dr Samatha Strong, School of Optometry and Visual Science, Bradford

November 23 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Visual motion signals generated by or own movement or by the movement of external objects provide us with a rich source of information that helps us orientate ourselves within our surroundings and allows us to segment and avoid obstacles that litter our visual environment. Our work focusses on the examination of the different functional roles played by multiple cortical areas responsive to motion (V3A, hV5/MT+). To this end, we used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) combined with transcranial magnetic stimulation…

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The surprising subtleties of changing emotional memory – Merel Kindt (U. of Amsterdam)

November 23 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

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Foster Talk: Professor Wolfram Schultz "How my brain is getting me the best reward" – Professor Wolfram Schultz, PDN, Cambridge

November 23 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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Learning to Learn without Gradient Descent by Gradient Descent – Yutian Chen, DeepMind

November 24 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Abstract: We learn recurrent neural network optimizers trained on simple synthetic functions by gradient descent. We show that these learned optimizers exhibit a remarkable degree of transfer in that they can be used to efficiently optimize a broad range of derivative-free black-box functions, including Gaussian process bandits, simple control objectives, global optimization benchmarks and hyper-parameter tuning tasks. Up to the training horizon, the learned optimizers learn to trade-off exploration and exploitation, and compare favourably with heavily engineered Bayesian optimization packages…

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Mechanisms of filopodia regulation – Jenny Gallop, Wellcome Trust/Cancer Research UK Gurdon Institute

November 24 @ 1:15 pm - 1:55 pm

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Metacontrol: The Yin and Yang of cognitive control – Professor Bernhard Hommel, Leiden University Institute for Psychological Research & Leiden Institute for Brain and Cognition, Leiden University, The Netherlands

November 24 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Traditional approaches to action control assume the existence of a more or less unitary control system that struggles with, and serves to overcome action tendencies induced by automatic processes. In this talk, I point out that and why these approaches fail to capture the complexity and dynamics of cognitive control. I describe an alternative approach that assumes that control emerges from the interaction of at least two counteracting forces: one system promoting persistence and the maintenance of action goals and…

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