Seminars

Members of the general public are welcome to attend our seminars. However space is limited so if you would like to attend, please ring Sandra Smith at least 24 hours prior to the seminar on 0115 823 2634 to reserve a place. If Sandra Smith is unavailable contact Jan Kelly on 0115 823 2617 or contact reception on 0115 823 2600.

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03 October 2016

Understanding language comprehension: evidence from neural patterns and voxel wise responses

Presenter(s): Dr Samuel Evans
Time: 13.00 -14.00
Location: NHBRU, Meeting Room 1

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Abstract 

Neuroimaging studies show that auditory information is processed within multiple streams of processing in the human brain.  These streams include a hierarchically organised ventral pathway that extracts meaning from auditory signals and a dorsal stream that integrates perception and production.  To date, our understanding of the function of these processing streams has predominantly come from mass univariate general linear modelling.  This approach has achieved a great deal in mapping the basic architecture of the speech perception system.  However, recent advances in neuroimaging analyses that use patterns of activity rather than single voxel responses, allow an arguably richer description of neural activity that provide additional insights into brain function.  In this talk, results from fMRI studies of comprehension will be presented showing how analyses exploiting neural patterns  can be used to confirm and extend understanding of the neural systems supporting perception.

Biography

Samuel Evans originally trained as a speech and language therapist. He received his PhD from the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, UCL, on the neural basis of speech perception. Since then he has spent time working at the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit in Cambridge and the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience at UCL.  His work investigates the neural basis of language comprehension and production using fMRI.  He combines univariate and multivariate methods to understand how these systems work and how they are modulated by intrinsic (e.g. language impairment) and extrinsic (e.g. the auditory environment) factors.

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11 July 2016

Neural strategies for compensating for asymmetric hearing loss

Presenter(s): Andrew King
Time: 13.00 -14.00
Location: NHBRU, Meeting Room 1

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Biography


Andrew King is a Wellcome Trust Principal Research Fellow and Professor of Neurophysiology at the University of Oxford. He heads the Auditory Neuroscience Group in the Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics and is also the Director of the Wellcome Trust Doctoral Training Programme in Neuroscience at Oxford and a Fellow of Merton College. He received his undergraduate training in physiology at King’s College London and a PhD from the National Institute for Medical Research. He then moved to Oxford, where he has been supported by fellowships from the Science and Engineering Research Council, the Lister Institute of Preventive Medicine and the Wellcome Trust. He has also been a visiting scientist at the Eye Research Institute in Boston. In 2011, he was elected a Fellow of the UK Academy of Medical Sciences.


Host: Rebecca Dewey (rebecca.dewey [at] nottingham.ac.uk)

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27 June 2016

PPI Focused Seminar

Presenter(s): Joanna Crocker, Rosamund Snow
Time: 13.00 -14.00
Location: NHBRU, Meeting Room 1

Abstract:

University of Oxford

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20 June 2016

Scientists who share: What digital science communication can do for you

Presenter(s): Mr Antony Poveda
Time: 13.00 -14.00
Location: NHBRU, Meeting Room 1

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Biography


Antony is part of the team at Gallomanor Communciations where he helps to wrangle and evaluate the I’m a Scientist event and other projects. His background is originally in neuroscience, and he recently completed a Masters in Science Communication at UWE. See what the team is up to on Twitter @imascientist.

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06 June 2016

TBC

Presenter(s): Dr Caroline Witton
Time: 13.00 -14.00
Location: NHBRU, Meeting Room 1

Abstract:

TBC

(Aston Brain Centre)

 

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24 May 2016

Neuroimaging of the Emergence of Cognition in Infants and its Clinical Applications

Presenter(s): Dr Rhodri Cusack
Time: 16.00
Location: NHBRU, Meeting Room 1

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Abstract: Assessing emerging cognition is challenging, as infants can’t communicate what they know, and different behavioural protocols have yielded inconsistent findings. In contrast, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can detect brain functions even when they do not manifest in behaviour, and has the potential for rich insight on infant brain development. With particular focus on the auditory-language and motor systems, we used diffusion tractography, functional connectivity, and functional MRI to study how cognitive systems develop in healthy infants. The results contradict widely held models, and disrupt current understanding of the emergence of these systems. Additionally, MRI of infant cognition holds great clinical potential. We studied how brain function was altered in infants from the neonatal intensive care unit that were at risk of neurodevelopmental disorders. We found that functional MRI at 40 weeks post-menstrual age provides a biomarker that can predict motor skill later in the first year. In summary, MRI has opened a valuable window onto emerging cognition, and how it is disrupted by brain injury.

 

Please Note this Seminar is being held in A1 Psychology Building, University of Nottingham main campus 

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23 May 2016

TBC

Presenter(s): Dr Richard Riley
Time: 13.00 -14.00
Location: NHBRU, Meeting Room 1

Abstract:

TBC

(Keele University)

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16 May 2016

TBC

Presenter(s): Dr Tim Green
Time: 13.00 -14.00
Location: NHBRU, Meeting Room 1

Abstract:

TBC

(University College London)

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10 May 2016

The Mind’s Ear: Normal and Abnormal Auditory Cognition

Presenter(s): Dr Tim Griffiths
Time: 13.00 -14.00
Location: NHBRU, Meeting Room 1

Abstract:

Abstract
This talk concerns auditory cognition: the mechanism by which the brain allows us to understand the acoustic world around us. I will develop a framework for normal auditory cognition based on the systematic representation of sensory cues in the pathway up to and including auditory cortex, the representation of sound percepts in higher auditory cortex, figure ground analysis in a network including parietal cortex, and working memory for sound (the process of keeping a sound ‘in mind’) requiring auditory cortex, frontal cortex and hippocampus. Abnormal auditory cognition can be understood as aberrant processing within such a framework. I will consider tinnitus, musical hallucinations, acquired central deafness, acquired auditory agnosia and congenital auditory agnosia.


Biography
Timothy Griffiths is Wellcome Senior Clinical Fellow and Professor of Cognitive Neurology at Newcastle University. His research concerns human auditory cognition: how we make sense of the acoustic world.  He studies deficits in auditory cognition in patients with brain lesions, functional imaging data (fMRI and MEG) from normal subjects, and depth-electrode data from the auditory cortex of neurosurgical patients. The functional imaging is carried out at the Wellcome Trust Centre for NeuroImaging in London, where he is a Principal, and the depth electrode data is acquired at Iowa where he is adjunct Professor. These studies allow inference about normal auditory cognition. Other work explores abnormal auditory cognition in developmental and degenerative disorders, and brain mechanisms for tinnitus and auditory hallucinations.
Website: http://www.fil.ion.ucl.ac.uk/~tgriff/


Host: Rebecca Dewey (rebecca.dewey [at] nottingham.ac.uk)

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25 April 2016

TBC

Presenter(s): Dr Hannah Cooper
Time: 13.00 -14.00
Location: NHBRU, Meeting Room 1

Abstract:

(UCL Institute of Child Health)

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