Date: May 24, 2018. 12:00
Location: CCU Seminar Room
Title: Faces: a neural rosetta stone
Affiliation: Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute; Director, Chen Center for Systems Neuroscience.
Objects constitute the fundamental currency of the brain: they are things that we perceive, remember, and think about. One of the most important objects for a primate is a face. Research on the macaque face patch system in recent years has given us a remarkable window into the detailed processes underlying object recognition. I will discuss recent findings from our lab elucidating the code for facial identity used by cells in face patches. I will then discuss how this code is used by downstream areas, as well as how the brain computes what constitutes an object in the first place.