Department of Psychology Colloquium Series: Alex Martin
March's second colloquium speaker is Alex Martin from the National Institue of Mental Health. The talk will be held in WGR 206 from 3:30-4:30pm with a reception to follow immediately afterward in WGR 308.
Title: Food for thought: How object concepts are represented the human brain
Abstract: Recent evidence from functional neuroimaging and neuropsychology provides strong support for viewing concepts as the product of highly interactive neural circuits grounded in the action, perception, and emotion systems. The nodes of these circuits are defined by regions representing specific object properties (e.g., form, color, and motion) and thus are property-specific, rather than strictly modality-specific. How these circuits are modified by external and internal environmental demands, the distinction between representational content and format, and the grounding of abstract social concepts will also be discussed.
Faculty Host: Chandan Vaidya
Thursday, March 31, 2016 at 3:30pm to 4:30pm
White-Gravenor Hall, 206
37th and O St., N.W., Washington