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

Jorge Mallea

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



10/18/2018 Faculty House, Columbia University
4:00 PM
Neural Dynamics of Working Memory
Timothy Buschman, Princeton University
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12/13/2018 Faculty House, Columbia University
4:00 PM
Decision-making in uncertain environments: the role of prefrontal cortex and amygdala
Peter Rudebeck, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
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01/17/2019 Faculty House, Columbia University
4:00 PM
Rethinking memory systems in the human brain
Nicholas Turk-Browne, Yale University
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03/28/2018 Faculty House, Columbia University
4:00 PM
The dopaminergic prediction error is not what you may think
Geoffrey Schoenbaum, National Institute on Drug Abuse
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04/18/2018 Faculty House, Columbia University
4:00 PM
Risk and Resilience in Vulnerable Neural Systems in the Borderland Between Aging and Alzheimer’s Disease
Michela Gallagher, Johns Hopkins University
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