Seattle Brain Salon: Molecules to Mind

Agenda - April 19, 2012

 

8:15-8:30: Welcome and Introductions

 

Ontogenesis of the Child’s Brain and Mind

 
8:30-9:00: Humans’ capacity for language: Neuro-learning
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Patricia Kuhl, Ph.D., The Bezos Family Foundation Endowed Chair in Early Childhood Learning, Co-Director, Institute for Learning & Brain Science, University of Washington
Dr. Kuhl at TED: http://www.ted.com
 
 
9:00-9:30: Origins of the human mind in the infant brain
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Ghislaine Dehaene, Ph.D., Research Scientist, INSERM-CEA Cognitive Neuroimaging Unit, NeuroSpin Center, Paris
Website of Dr. Dehaene: http://www.unicog.org/people/ghis/topic1/index.html
 
 
9:30-10:00: Wiring the infant to learn from culture
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Andrew Meltzoff, Ph.D., Job and Gertrud Tamaki Endowed Chair, Co-Director, Institute for Learning & Brain Science, University of Washington
Dr. Meltzoff on the importance of play: http://youtu.be/n-r617BK9Pg
 
 
 
10:00-10:30: Children as scientists: Why children are so smart and why teaching (sometimes) can make them so dumb
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Alison Gopnik, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, UC Berkeley
Dr. Gopnik at TED: http://youtu.be/cplaWsiu7Yg
 
 
 
10:30-11:00 - Break
 

Mature Brain Systems and their Interaction

 
11:00-11:30: Understanding others
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Giacomo Rizzolatti, Ph.D., Professor of Human Physiology, Università degli Studi di Parma
Dr. Rizzolatti on mirror neurons and understanding others: http://youtu.be/KIrTcUerYSk
 
 
11:30-12:00: Using lesions and single-unit recordings to understand human cognition
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Ralph Adolphs, Ph.D., Bren Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, Director, Caltech Imaging Center, California Institute of Technology
Lab of Dr. Adolphs: http://www.emotion.caltech.edu/
 
 
12:00-12:30: Modeling and decoding the human brain
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Jack Gallant, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, UC Berkeley
Dr. Gallant on vision reconstruction: http://youtu.be/6FsH7RK1S2E
 
 
 
12:30-1:00: NeuroFuture: How cognitive neuroscience may enhance human flourishing
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John Gabrieli, Ph.D., Grover Hermann Professor in Health Sciences and Technology and Cognitive Neuroscience, Director, Athinoula A. Martinos Imaging Center at the McGovern Institute, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Dr. Gabrieli on learning and memory: http://youtu.be/TFwXhlx83YU
 
 
1:00-2:30 - Lunch
 

Genetics and Integrated Neuroscience

 
2:30-3:00: The Allen Human Brain Atlas
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Allan Jones, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer, Allen Institute for Brain Science
Dr. Jones at TED: http://youtu.be/iNPsDky1z94
 
 
 
3:00-3:30: Towards a dynamical neuroscience
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Michael Gazzaniga, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, Director, SAGE Center for the Study of Mind, UC Santa Barbara
Dr. Gazzaniga on your storytelling brain: http://youtu.be/3k6P5JiNzrk
 
 
 
3:30-4:00: Signatures of conscious processing in the human brain
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Stanislas Dehaene, Ph.D., Professor of Experimental Cognitive Psychology, College de France, Director, INSERM-CEA Cognitive Neuroimaging Unit, NeuroSpin Center, Paris
Dr. Dehaene on numerical cognition: http://youtu.be/lLm_SqEhldo
 
 
4:00-4:30: Project MindScope: Teasing Apart the Circuits of the Cerebral Cortex
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Christof Koch, Ph.D., Chief Scientific Officer, Allen Institute for Brain Science
Dr. Koch on linking perception to single neurons: http://youtu.be/HNq8OWSXoTE
 
 
 
4:30-5:30: Group discussion: The Future of Mind and Brain
 
Dinner at Allen Institute for Brain Science
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