Please join us in Moore Filene Auditorium on Friday, November 16, 2018, at 4 p.m., as Leaton Lecturer, Rebecca Burwell, Professor at Brown University, Department of Cognitive, Linguistic & Psychological Sciences, presents "The Neural Bases of Spatial Context: Beyond the Hippocampus."
Abstract: Representations of context are important for perception, memory, decision-making, and other cognitive processes. Yet, there is disagreement about how and where context is represented in the brain. A prominent theory of the medial temporal lobe memory system posits that object information reaches the hippocampus via the perirhinal cortex, spatial and contextual information arrive via the postrhinal cortex, and the hippocampus binds object and spatial information into memories. By one view, the spatial pathway conveys both spatial and contextual information. By another view, representations of context are configured in the hippocampus, itself. I will present evidence that spatial context is represented upstream of the hippocampus in the postrhinal cortex and that these representations rely on spatial information arriving directly from the posterior parietal and retrosplenial cortices together with nonspatial input arriving directly from the perirhinal cortex.
A reception will follow outside of Moore 202.