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Brain and Mind Institute Talks

2018

Speaker: Eleanor Maguire, BMI Distinguished Speaker
Affiliation: 
Title: Rethinking frontal-hippocampal interactions in memory
Location: To be confirmed
Date: Friday, June 22, 2018
Time: 3:00 p.m.
Talk Poster


Speaker: Richard E. Carson  
Affiliation: Professor of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging and of Biomedical Engineering; Director, Yale PET Center; Director of Graduate Studies, Yale Biomedical Engineering, Yale University
Title: Imaging of Synaptic Density in the Human Brain
Location: Auditorium B, 3rd Floor, (Room B3-246), University Hospital
Date: Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Talk Poster - BMI Co-sponsored talk


Speaker: Dirk Bernhardt-Walther
Affiliation: Professor in Psychology at the University of Toronto
Title: Visual and cross-modal representations of real-world scenes in the human brain
Location: The Sycamore Room, Rm 4190, WIRB
Date: Thursday, April 26, 2018
Time: 11:00 a.m.
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Speaker: Denise Henriques
Affiliation: School of Kinesiology and Health Science, York University
Title: Perception and prediction in visuomotor learning
Location: The Sycamore Room, Rm 4190, WIRB
Date: Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Time: 11:00 a.m.
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Speaker: Ian Harding
Affiliation: Institute of Cognitive and Clinical Neurosciences, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
Title: Cerebral Consequences of Cerebellar Degeneration: Functional and Structural MRI Studies in Friedreich Ataxia
Location: The Sycamore Room, Rm 4190, WIRB
Date: Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Time: 11:00 a.m.
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Speaker: Bryan Tripp
Affiliation: Department of Systems Design Engineering, University of Waterloo
Title: Toward ethologically realistic models of visual systems
Location: The Sycamore Room, Rm 4190, WIRB
Date: Tuesday, April 9, 2018
Time: 1:30 p.m.
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Speaker: Janine Mendola
Affiliation: McGill Vision Research, Department of Ophthalmology
Title: Neuroimaging studies of binocular vision: States, traits, debates
Location: Rm 5107, WIRB
Date: Monday, March 19, 2018
Time: 12:00 p.m.
Talk Poster 


Speaker: Tony Carlsen
Affiliation: School of Human Kinetics, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Ottawa
Title: Cortical and reticular contributions to motor preparation and initiation
Location: The Sycamore Room, Rm 4190, WIRB
Date: Monday, March 12, 2018
Time: 3:00 p.m.
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Speaker: Brad Buschsbaum
Affiliation: Rotman Research Institute at Baycrest and Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Toronto
Title: Neural Similarity between Perception and Memory for Complex, Multimodal Events
Location: The Sycamore Room, Rm 4190, WIRB
Date: Monday, March 5, 2018
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Talk Poster 


Speaker: Blake Butler
Affiliation: Research Scientist, Department of Psychology, University of Western Ontario
Title: Functional and structural neuroplasticity in developing auditory cortex
Location: The Sycamore Room, Rm 4190, WIRB
Date: Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Talk Poster 

2017

Speaker: Fred Dick
Affiliation: Birkbeck- University of London, Birkbeck-UCL Centre for Neuroimaging (BUCNI)
Title: What can we learn from in-vivo mapping of human cortical functional topology and myeloarchitecture? Some initial answers, and outstanding questions.
Location: Fisher Room, Robarts Research Institute
Date: Friday, December 15, 2017
Time: 3:00 pm
Talk Poster


Speaker: Edmund C. Lalor
Affiliation: University of Rochester Medical Center, New York
Title: A framework for modeling neural response to continuous stimuli
Location: Room 245A, Natural Sciences Centre
Date: Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Time: 11:00 am
Talk Poster


Speakers: JJ Orban de Xivry & Koen Vandevoorde
Affiliation: KU Leuven
Title: Motor adaption but not internal model recalibration declines with aging
Location: Room 100, Physics and Astronomy
Date: Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Time: 10:30 am
Talk Poster


Speaker: Michelle Moerel
Affiliation: Maastricht Centre for System Biology
Title: An ultra-high field fMRI exploration of the human auditory cortex
Location: Fisher Room, Robarts Research Institute 
Date: Monday, September 25, 2017
Time: 11:00 am
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Speaker: Federico De Martino
Affiliation: Maastricht University, The Netherlands
Title: Imaging the human auditory pathway at high fields: computational models and high-resolution functional and anatomical characteristics.
Location: Fisher Room, Robarts Research Institute 
Date: Friday, September 22, 2017
Time: 2:00 pm
Talk Poster


Speaker:  Jens Kreitewolf
Affiliation: University of Lübeck, Germany
Title: How we understand speech from different talkers
Location: Room 5220, Social Sciences Centre
Date: Monday, September 25, 2017
Time: 1:30 pm
Talk Poster


Speaker:  Sebastian Ausili
Affiliation: Donders Institute
Title:  Spatial hearing by Cochlear Implant users
Location: Room 2262T, Elborn College
Date: Friday, September 8, 2017
Time: 11:30 am
Talk Poster


Speaker: Rainer Goebel
Affiliation: Department of Cognitive Neuroscience, Maastricht University
Title: Resolving cortical columns and cortical layers in the human brain with ultra-high field fMRI: From sensory maps to cognitive functions 
Location: Physics and Astronomy, Room 100
Date: Tuesday, September 5, 2017
Time: 2:00 pm
Talk Poster


Speaker: Claudia Gonzalez
Affiliation:  Canada Research Chair, Department of Kinesiology, University of Lethbridge
Title: Towards a theory of sensorimotor and cognitive specialization
Location: Natural Sciences Centre, Room 245B
Date: Thursday, July 13, 2017
Time: 10:30 am
Talk Poster


Speaker: Jason D. Connolly
Affiliation: Psychology, Durham University, UK
Title: Neuroscience and computing science for brain-computer interface innovation
Location: Natural Sciences Centre, Room 245B
Date: Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Time: 1:00 pm
Talk Poster


Speaker: F. Riganello, G. Napoletano, M. Iazzolino and A. Forestieri
Affiliation: RINbeat
Title: RINbeat, a Biometric/Ambient Integrated system of monitoring for the Human Health
Location: Physics and Astronomy, Room 100
Date: Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Time: 11:00 am
Talk Poster


Speaker: Aimee Nelson
Affiliation: Canada Research Chair, Department of Kinesiology, McMaster University
Title: Muscle representations within human primary motor cortex; new links to function
Location: Physics and Astronomy, Room 100
Date: Friday, June 9, 2017
Time: 1:00 pm
Talk Poster


Speaker: Jason D. Connolly
Affiliation: Psychology, Durham University, UK
Title: Neurobiology of attention and attention deficit: genes, pharmacology and physiology
Location: Physics and Astronomy, Room 100
Date: Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Time: 11:30 am
Talk Poster


Speaker: Alexandra Levine
Affiliation: Postdoctoral Candidate, Department of Psychology, University of York, York, UK
Title: Cortical Plasticity in Congenitally Deaf Human Adults
Location: Social Science Centre, Room 5220
Date: Thursday, April 6, 2017
Time: 2:00 pm
Talk Poster


Speaker: Maurice Smith
Affiliation: School of Engineering and Applied Sciences & Center for Brain Science, Harvard University
Title: Surprising interactions between strategic and implicit learning
Location: Physics and Astronomy, Room 100
Date: Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Time: 11:00 am
Talk Poster

 

2016

Speaker: Gábor P. Háden
Affiliation: Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience and Psychology, Hungarian Academy of Sciences
Title: Beat affects sound processing at birth
Location: Room 9420, Social Science Centre
Date:  Monday, December 5, 2016
Time: 2:30 p.m. 
Talk Poster


Speaker: Richard Ivry
Affiliation: University of California, Berkeley
Title: Embodied Decision Making: System Interactions in Movement Execution and Action Selection
Location: Room 100, Physics and Astronomy Building
Date: Friday, October 7, 2016
Time: 10:00 a.m. 
Talk Poster


Speaker: Julien Besle
Affiliation: MRC Institute of Hearing Research School of Medicine, University of Nottingham
Title: Functional organization and frequency-selective adaptation in human auditory cortex: structural and functional MRI at 7T
Location: Fisher Room, RRI
Date: Tuesday, July 5, 2016
Time: 2:30 p.m.
Talk Poster


Speaker: Dr. Kim Cornish
Affiliation: MICCN Director, Monash University
Title: Identifying Inhibitory Deficits through Early Childhood into Adulthood: the Complex Interplay between Genes, Environment and the Developing Brain
Location: Fisher Room, RRI
Date: Wednesday, April 6, 2016
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Talk Poster

2015

Speaker: Lorina Naci, BMI Postdoctoral Fellow, Owen Lab
Title: Naturalistic approaches for understanding human consciousness
Location: Fisher Room, RRI
Date: Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Time: 11:00 a.m.Talk Poster


Speaker: Molly Henry, BMI Postdoctoral Fellow, Grahn Lab
Title: Neural and environmental rhythms: Perception is shaped by synchronization of neural oscillations with environmental rhythms
Location: Fisher Room, RRI
Date: Thursday, October 15, 2015
Time: 11:30 a.m.
Talk Poster


Speaker: Dr. Björn Herrmann, BMI Posdoctoral Fellow, Johnsrude Lab
Title: An adaptive auditory system supports hearing in divers acoustic environments
Location: Physics and Astronomy, Room 100
Date: Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Time:10:30 a.m.
Talk Poster


Speaker: Patrice Voss, MNI and BRAMS, McGill University
Title: Sensory deprivationas a unique window into brain function and organisation
Location: Physics and Astronomy, Room 100
Date: Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Time: 11:30 a.m.
Talk Poster


Speaker: Ryan Stevenson, Multisensory Research Laboratory, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Title: The critical role of temporal processing in speech perception
Location: Fisher Scientific Room, RRI
Date:
Monday, July 20, 2015
Time: 11:30 a.m.
Talk Poster

2014

Speaker: Patrik Vuilleumier, University of Geneva
Title: Emotional Control of Perception and Brain States
Location: Physics and Astronomy, Room 100
Date: Thursday, November 13, 2014
Time: 3:00 p.m.
Talk Poster


Speaker: Laurel Bauxbaum, Cognition and Action Laboratory, Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute
Title: Grabbing or stabbing: Cognitive and neuroanatomic achitecture of tool action selection
Location: Physics and Astronomy, Room 100
Date: Friday, October 24, 2014
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Talk Poster


Speaker: Frank Tong, Psychology Department, Vanderbilt University
Title: Deciphering the role of early visual areas in high-level visual cognition
Location: Fisher Scientific Room, RRI
Date: Friday, September 12, 2014
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Talk Poster

Brain and Mind Institute Symposiums and Related Events


Inaugural Brain and Mind Institute Symposium

IBMIS Symposium

The Brain and Mind Institute held its first Symposium on Sunday, September 20, 2015, to highlight Western’s multidisciplinary talent in cognitive neuroscience. We invited our International Scientific Advisory Board to the BMI for the first time. The Board, which is composed of leading cognitive neuroscientists from around the world, had an opportunity to meet our research team and see first-hand the range of cutting-edge research taking place at Western.


View photos from the weekend here:

Sunday, September 20th

Canada-Israel Symposium on Brain Plasticity, Learning, and Education

brain plasticity

The Royal Society of Canada, the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities, and the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research helped organize the Symposium, that took place at Western University from June 14 to 16, 2013. Both Canada and Israel have a number of groups that are investigating issues related to Brain Plasticity, Learning, and Education, from animal models right through to research on the development of cognitive abilities in the human brain.


View photos from the weekend here:

Friday, June 14th
Saturday, June 15th
Sunday, June 16th

View talks from the Speakers:

Merav Ahissar
Daniel Ansari
Moshe Bar
Andrea Berger
Avishai Henik
Bryan Kolb
Daphne Maurer
Adi Mizrahi
Rony Paz
Kobi Rosenblum
Marla Sokolowski
Sidney Strauss

Related Events

The launch of the Azrieli Program in CIFAR’s Brain, Mind & Consciousness Network, was led by Western researchers Adrian Owen and Melvyn Goodale. This event included a performance titled "Our Musical Brain: explore what happens in our brains when we engage with music" on June 9, 2016 at Koerner Hall in Toronto. Livestream of Concert  Related Article