Brain Conference 2015: Bridging Neural Mechanisms and Cognition

This meeting is part of a new series of high-level bi-annual Brain Conferences in Europe. The Brain Conferences are organised by the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS, the major neuroscience association in Europe) in partnership with The Brain Prize. They bring together outstanding researchers in key broadly defined areas of contemporary neuroscience to discuss current concepts and define challenges for future research.

From behavioural and brain-imaging studies, human cognitive scientists infer that the human brain must contain networks dedicated to the mental representation and manipulation of quantities, distances, probabilities and even more complex structures such as symbols and linguistic trees – yet their neuronal implementation remains uncertain.

Co-chaired by Stanislas Dehaene (Collège de France) and Mike Shadlen (Columbia University, USA), the goal of this Brain Conference is to examine the possibility of identifying a small set of bridging laws linking neuronal codes to identified cognitive computations.
We specifically focus on how the brain represents and manipulates quantities, probabilities, objects and symbols, and uses them to perform high-level cognitive inferences and confidence judgments.

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Keynote Lectures:
Joshua Tenenbaum, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
Doris Tsao, California Institute of Technology, USA

Neural computations with probabilities and values:
Carlos Brody, Princeton University, USA
Redmond O’Connell, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
Matthew Rushworth, Oxford University, UK
Mike Shadlen, Columbia University, USA
Daphna Shohamy, Columbia University, USA

Bridges being built:
John Duncan, University of Oxford, UK
Ila Fiete, University of Texas at Austin, USA
Nancy Kanwisher, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
Andreas Nieder, University of Tübingen, Germany
Pieter Roelfsema, Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience, the NL

Cortical & subcortical circuits in search of overarching functions:
Rui Costa, Champalimaud Center for the Unknown, Portugal
Howard Eichenbaum, Boston University, USA
Henry Kennedy, Stem-cell and Brain Research Institute, France
Murray Sherman,The University of Chicago, USA
Peter Strick, University of Pittsburgh, USA
Cognitive operations in search of mechanism
Marco Baroni, University of Trento, Italy
Luca Bonatti, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain
Stanislas Dehaene, Collège de France, France
Naama Friedmann, Tel Aviv University, Israel
Rebecca Saxe, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA

Neuronal building blocks for cognitive computations:
Sophie Denève, École Normale Supérieure, France
Loren Frank, Univ of California San Francisco, USA
Pascal Fries, ESI Frankfurt, Germany
David Tank, Princeton University, USA

19 Apr - 22 Apr 2015
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