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Rodrigo Quian Quiroga. Concept cells
 
Date: Nov 18, 2014

What: Concept cells

Where: BCBL auditorium

Who: Rodrigo Quian Quiroga, Centre for Systems Neuroscience, University of Leicester, UK.

When: 3 PM


Intracranial recordings in patients suffering from intractable epilepsy allow studying the firing of multiple single neurons in awake and behaving human subjects. These studies have shown that neurons in the human medial temporal lobe represent concepts, responding in a remarkably selective, invariant and explicit manner to particular persons or objects, such as Jennifer Aniston, Luke Skywalker or the Sydney Opera House. I will show the main characteristic of these neurons and argue that they are the building blocks for declarative memory functions.