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AUG 18, 2020 | Virtual Edition | 6:30-8:30PM | $5 suggested donation (www.omsi.edu/donate)
Searching for the Origin of Time in the Brain
with Luca Mazzucato, PhD, Assistant Professor of Biology and Mathematics and a member of the Institute of Neuroscience at the University of Oregon
Timing is essential for survival: a split second decision can save your life when crossing a busy intersection. The concept of time may emerge by learning associations between consecutive events (lightning followed by thunder), or learning a complex sequence of actions leading to a reward (when playing video games). In this talk, Dr. Mazzucato will share recent results from neuroscience, showing how the amazing temporal variability found in animal behavior may emerge from the collective activity of neurons in the brain. Using neural networks as models of brain circuits, we can explain how sequences of actions are generated by our brain; how we can flexibly control the timing of our reactions to adapt to a changing environment (faster when attentive, slower when distracted); and how we may learn about time by connecting the dots between events occurring at different moments in time.