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WAYS TO THINK ABOUT THE BRAIN

ORGANIZED BY:
SFB 1315, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Event Date + Time:
March 16 4:00 pm - March 16 5:15 pm

Event Location:
Online, Berlin, Germany

Venue Name:
Online, organized by SFB 1315, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin Directions

About This Event


Event Description:

Current neuroscience is largely fueled by an empiricist philosophy that assumes the brain’s goal is to perceive, represent the world, and learn the truth. An inevitable consequence of this framework is the assumption of a decision-making homunculus wedged between our perception and actions. In contrast, I advocate that the brain’s fundamental function is to induce actions and predict the consequences of those actions to support the survival and prosperity of the brain’s host.
Only actions can provide a second opinion about the relevance of the sensory inputs and provide meaning for and interpretation of those inputs. In this “inside-out” framework, the brain comes with a preconfigured and self-organized dynamic that constrains how it acts and views the world.
In the brain’s nonegalitarian organization, pre-existing nonsense brain patterns become meaningful through action-based experience. I will show recent experiments that support this framework.

Alternate Description:

Vortrag in englischer Sprache

Type(s) of Event:

Lecture/Briefing, Online/Virtual

Other Type(s) of Event

Scientific Talk in English language

Audiences:

Professionals, University students

Other Audiences:

Scientists

Required Registration?

Yes

Organizer's Details


Organizing Institution:

SFB 1315, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Sponsoring Institutions:SFB 1315, DFG
Contact Information:

Name: Mary Louise Grossman

Phone: +493020939110

Email: SFB1315.ifb@bccn-berlin.de

Website: http://www.baw-berlin.de

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