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ECOM Speaker Series: Alison Springle4:00pm
Friday, February 10th, 2023
04:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Storrs Campus FSB220ECOM Speaker Series will host Alison Springle (Oklahoma University, Philosophy). The title of her talk is "Radicalizing Practical Representations." The event will be held in Family Studies 220, and will be broadcasted via Zoom. For details, contact email@example.com
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CogSci Colloquium: Thomas Naselaris4:00pm
Friday, February 24th, 2023
04:00 PM - 05:30 PM
Storrs Campus Oak Hall Room 117Speaker: Dr. Thomas Naselaris, an Associate Professor from Department of Neuroscience at the University of Minnesota.
Time & Location: 4PM, Friday February 24th, 2023, in Oak Hall Room 117. Please RSVP on the COGS colloquium page.
Talk Title: “Why Do We Have Mental Images?”
Abstract: Everyone who experiences mental imagery is the world expert on the contents of their own mental images. We argue that this privileged perspective on one’s own mental images provides very limited understanding about the function of mental imagery, which can only be understood by proposing and testing hypotheses about the computational work that mental images do. We propose that mental imagery functions as a useful form of inference that is conditioned on visual beliefs. We implement this form of inference in a simple generative model of natural scenes, and show that it makes testable predictions about differences in tuning to seen and imagined features. We confirm these predictions with a large-scale fMRI experiment in which human brain activity was sampled while subjects generated hundreds of mental images. We speculate that ongoing mental imagery may impact the structure of noise correlations in the visual system, and present a preliminary analysis of the Natural Scenes Dataset that appears to be consistent with these speculations.
Bio: Thomas is an Associate Professor in the Department of Neuroscience at the University of Minnesota, and a member of the Medical Discovery Team on Optical Imaging and Brain Science at the Center for Magnetic Resonance Research. He is co-founder and currently Executive Chair of the Conference on Cognitive Computational Neuroscience.
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