Psychology Colloquium: Christof Koch, Ph.D., Allen Institute for Brain Science

Neuroscience of Consciousness

Six years ago, the Allen Institute for Brain Science, a non-profit medical research organization, embarked on an ambitious 10-year initiative to understand the structure and function of the neocortex and associated satellite structures in humans and mice within a team setting. Since then, we have set up high through-put pipelines to exhaustively characterize the morphology, electrophysiology and single-cell transcriptome of cell types as well as their synaptic interconnections in the laboratory mouse and in human neocortex. We have built brain observatories to image the activities of 10,000s of neurons throughout visual cortex in behaving mice, to record their electrical activities, and to analyze their connectivity at the ultra-structural level. We have constructed biophysically detailed as well as simplified computer simulations of these networks and of their information processing capabilities focusing on how the neocortical tissue gives rise to perception, behavior and consciousness. Anybody can access this data via our data portal without any restriction (( These achievements can also be considered as an experiment in the sociology of biology.

Thursday, November 15, 2018 at 4:30pm

Psychology, 105
3203 SE Woodstock Blvd, Portland, OR 97202, USA

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