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Causal mechanisms of cortical plasticity and task irrelevant perceptual learning in monkeys

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Air date: Monday, June 4, 2018, 12:00:00 PM
Time displayed is Eastern Time, Washington DC Local
Views: Total views: 82, (30 Live, 52 On-demand)
Category: Neuroscience
Runtime: 00:59:03
Description: NIH Neuroscience Series Seminar

Dr. Vanduffel has extensive expertise in the use of neuroimaging to study humans and behaving monkeys. His specific area of interest is the primate visual system. He compares directly the functional organization of the visual system in human and non-human primates using the fMRI technique. Currently, he studies how visual representations are modified by extra-retinal signals such as attention and reward and he focuses on functional interactions across brain regions. To achieve this, he is using state-of-the art functional imaging methods combined with behavioral and ‘perturb-andmeasurement’ techniques in non-human primates. In particular, he investigates the behavioral and functional consequences of reversible (in)activations using microstimulation, focal drug injections, and genetic-based tools. He also studies the effect of attention and reward signals on sensory processing. For more information go to
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Author: Wim Vanduffel, Ph.D., Harvard Medical School
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