Spring 2018

Brain and Computation Seminar

Feb. 7, 2018 10:30 am11:30 am

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Calvin Lab Rm 116

Perceptual Rhythms

Brain function involves oscillations at various frequencies. This could imply that perception, cognition and even consciousness operate periodically, as a succession of cycles mirroring the underlying oscillations. This age-old notion of discrete perception has resurfaced in recent years, fueled by advances in neuroscientific techniques. Contrary to earlier views of discrete perception as a unitary sampling rhythm, contemporary evidence points not to one but several rhythms of perception that may depend on sensory modality, task, stimulus properties, or brain regions. In vision for example, a sensory alpha rhythm (~10Hz) may co-exist with at least one more rhythm performing attentional sampling around 7Hz. How these multiple periodic functions are orchestrated, and how internal sampling rhythms coordinate with overt sampling behavior, remain open questions.