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Have you ever wondered how your brain works and does all these incredible stuff ? Before the alcohol kicks in of course...
Making, breaking and linking memories
Sheena Josselyn (Canada Research Chair in Molecular & Cellular Cognition, Senior Scientist, The Hospital for Sick Children Professor, Departments of Physiology, Psychology & Institute of Medical Science, University of Toronto. Senior Fellow, Canadian Institute for Advanced Health Research (CIFAR))
Some memories seem to naturally go together. If you think of an important experience (exchanging your vows at the church, for example), you may automatically think about another experience that happened around that time (your friend drank too much wine at the reception). These two memories seem to be linked. My lab is interested in studying how the brain makes memories. Although we conduct our studies in mice, we think that the results have important implications for human memory.
Electricity and the Neural Code
Steven Prescott (Senior Scientist (The Hospital for Sick Children) and Associate Professor (University of Toronto))
Neurons use short pulses of electricity called action potentials, or spikes, to encode information. All of our sensations, thoughts and actions rely on neurons generating the appropriate number or pattern of spikes. Spikes are the basis for the neural code. Technical advances have revolutionized how neuroscientists measure and manipulate spiking, but many aspects of neural coding remain a mystery. My presentation will address what is and isn’t known about neural coding, and what’s being done to advance this field.