Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience

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For more than 100 years, comparative psychologists have sought to understand the evolution of human intelligence. New paradigms for studying cognitive processes in animals—in particular symbol use and memory—have, for the first time, allowed psychologists and neuroscientists to compare higher thought processes in animals and human beings.  New imaging approaches have also facilitated exploring the neural basis of behavior and both animals and humans.  Questions concerning the nature of animal and human cognition have defined the themes of this seminar whose members include specialists in cognition, ethology, philosophy and neuroscience.

Professor Mariam Aly

Professor Herbert S. Terrace

Basak Akdogan

Meeting dates and locations are subject to change. Please confirm details with the seminar rapporteur.



12/07/2017 Faculty House, Columbia University
4:00 PM
Speech is Special and Language is Structured
David Poeppel, New York University & Max-Planck-Institute

Notes: Joint meeting with the Seminar on Language and Cognition
02/01/2018 Faculty House, Columbia University
4:00 PM
Multi-modal characterisation of memory networks
Paula Croxson, Icahn School of Medicine at Mt Sinai
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03/01/2018 Faculty House, Columbia University
4:00 PM
Circuit dissection of contextual memories organized on different time scales
Chris MacDonald, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

04/12/2018 Faculty House, Columbia University
4:00 PM
Artificially modulating positive and negative memories in healthy and maladaptive states
Steve Ramirez, Boston University

05/10/2018 Faculty House, Columbia University
4:00 PM
Specializations for decision making in primate prefrontal cortex
Elisabeth Murray, National Institute of Mental Health