Towards a Theory of How the Brain Works
Monday, March 31, 2014
6:00 pm, McCosh 50
The basic parts list of the brain is relatively well understood, but the logic of its operation remains almost entirely elusive, despite enormous technical advances. Even as our tools for understanding the brain become finer and finer grained, our theoretical apparatus for characterizing what we observe remains weak. In this talk, Professor Marcus will focus what we know about the six-layered sheet known as the neocortex, and will argue that two of the most dominant paradigms in theoretical neuroscience are inadequate. He will outline an alternative framework that aims to better bridge neuroscience with behavior, computation, development and evolutionary biology.
Gary Marcus, Professor of Psychology at NYU and Visiting Cognitive Scientist at the Allen Institute for Brain Science, is the author of four books including the NYTimes Bestseller, Guitar Zero. He frequently blogs for The New Yorker, and is co-editor of the forthcoming book, The Future of the Brain: Essays By The World’s Leading Neuroscientists. His research on language, evolution, computation and cognitive development has been published widely, in leading journals such as Science and Nature.
This event, sponsored by the Vanuxem Lecture Series, is free and open to the public. For more information on this and other events in the series, please visit lectures.princeton.edu.