SBRI Stem-cell and Brain Research Institute - France (Lyon)

CORTEX conference by Mathilde Bonnefond and Jonathan Smallwood

Date event : November 24, 2017 - 10:30am Conference / Talk Published on 11/13/2017 - 9:11am

Double session for the next CORTEX conference featuring Mathilde Bonnefond (invited by Henry Kennedy) from the DYCOG team, who just got an ERC and Jonathan Smallwood (invited by Antoine Lutz)

10.30am : Investigating the role of nested oscillations in cognition

Mathilde Bonnefond (DYGOG)


There is a growing interest in the literature regarding the role of nested oscillations in brain computations  and  communication. In  the  present  talk,  I  will  present  both  Human  and Monkey data showing the importance of the coupling between slow and fast oscillations in anticipating  and  processing  (ir)relevant  information  in  the  visual  system. Finally,  I  will present  a  framework  that  synthesizes  the  role  of  nested  oscillaions  in  selective  brain


11.30am : Searching for the elements of thought: a topographcial perspective on the role of the default mode network in cognition

Jonathan Smallwood (University of York)


Although  it  is  now  recognised  that  the  default  mode  network  plays  an  important  role  in human cognition, the precise processes that it serves remains a matter of debate. This talk will adopt a topographic account of this system that emerges from the observation that this system is located in regions of cortex that are functionally distant from input and important for memory retrieval. Focusing on both studies of task based and spontaneous thought, this talk will argue that the regions of transmodal cortex, that include the default mode network, are  important  for  states  that  are  relatively  unconstrained  by  input  signals  and  this  allows information from memory to play a more important role in cognition



Friday 24 november, 10:30am, ISC Amphi.

-registration for the lunch buffet-