NACS Seminars

The NACS Seminar Series brings NACS faculty and students together on a weekly basis.  The speakers are world class neuroscientists and cognitive scientists who are working at the cutting edge of their discipline. Seminars are held on Fridays from 10:15-11:30am in room 1103 in the Bioscience Research Building.  For additional information, please contact Jasmine Washington at


January 26: Dr. Arash Afraz, National Institute of Mental Health, NIH. (Faculty Host: Dr. Jonathan Fritz)
Breaking the neural code with brain perturbations

February 2:  No NACS Seminar

February 9: Dr. Venkatesh Murthy, Harvard University. (Faculty Host: Dr. Quentin Gaudry)
Algorithms and neural circuits in odor-guided behaviors in mice

February 16: Dr. Lucas Butler, University of Maryland. (Faculty Host: Dr. DJ Bolger)
How children reason about evidence in a social world

February 23: Dr. Shawn Burgess, National Human Genome Research Institute, NIH. (Faculty Host: Jens Herberholz)
Using functional genomics to understand hearing regeneration

March 2: Dr. Douglas Bayliss, University of Virginia. (Faculty Host: Dr. Joshua Singer)
Chemical regulation of breathing: neuronal sensors and molecular detectors

March 9: Dr. Cynthia Moss, Johns Hopkins University. (Faculty Host: Dr. Jens Herberholz)
Dynamic 3D Scene Representation

March 30: Dr. Thomas Park, University of Illinois at Chicago. (Faculty Host: Dr. Bob Dooling). Cosponsored by the Brain and Behavior Initiative (BBI).
Naked Mole-Rats: Blind, Naked, and Feeling No Pain

April 6: Dr. James Heaton, Harvard Medical School. (Faculty Host: Dr. Steven Brauth). Cosponsored by the Brain and Behavior Initiative (BBI).
Use of electromyography in laryngectomy speech rehabilitation

April 13: Dr. Larry Trussell, Oregon Health and Science University. (Faculty Host: Dr. Joshua Singer)
The unipolar brush cell: a class of neuron tailored for radical transformation of neural signals

April 20: Dr. Eiling Yee, University of Connecticut. (Faculty Host: Dr. Jared Novick)
Fluid Semantics: Semantic knowledge is experience-based and dynamic

May 4: Dr. Maria Geffen, University of Pennsylvania. (Faculty Host: Dr. Dan Butts)
Cortical circuits for dynamic auditory perception and learning



September 15: Dr. Marlene Behrmann, Carnegie Mellon University. (Hosts: Dr. Rochelle Newman and Amritha Mallikarjun)
A broader vision of object recognition: beyond ventral cortex

September 22: Dr. Jessica Grahn, University of Western Ontario. (Faculty Host: Dr. Bob Slevc)
Rhythm and the brain: The role of the motor system in auditory sequence perception

September 29: Dr. Rebecca Spencer, University of Massachusetts Amherst. (Faculty Host: Dr. Tracy Riggins)
Developmental and aging-related changes in sleep's role in cognition

October 6: Dr. Barani Raman, Washington University in St. Louis. (Faculty Hosts: Dr. Dan Butts and Dr. Quentin Gaudry)
A computational logic for olfaction

October 13: Dr. Ed Lalor, University of Rochester. (Faculty Host: Dr. Jonathan Simon)
The effects of attention and visual input on noninvasive electrophysiological indices of natural speech processing at different hierarchical levels

October 20: Dr. Uri Hasson, Princeton University. (Host: Dustin Moraczewski)
I am because we are: Dynamic and Embodied Brain-to-Brain coupling as a new framework for social interaction between people

October 27: Dr. Gavin Bidelman, University of Memphis. (Faculty Host: Dr. Bob Slevc)
Hierarchical auditory neural processing underlying speech perception at the cocktail party

November 3: Dr. Florian Engert, Harvard University. (Faculty Host: Dr. Jens Herberholz)
Neural circuits underlying operant learning in larval zebrafish

November 17: Dr. Claude Alain, University of Toronto. (Faculty Host: Dr. Jonathan Simon)
Tracking the Influence of Music Training on Cognitive Aging

December 1: Dr. Brian Knutson, Stanford University. (Faculty Host: Dr. Alex Shackman)
Neural prediction of risky choice: From rats to risk markets