Van Biervliet lectures | Professor Russell Poldrack

13-04-2017 from 16:00 to 18:00
Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, UGent, Henri Dunantlaan 2, auditorium 4
Roma Siugzdaite
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The Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience at UGent (CCN) is happy to announce its first special lecture in the series of Van Biervliet lectures

Professor Russell Poldrack (Stanford University) will talk about the future of fMRI in cognitive neuroscience. The video of the lecture is available here.


 Russell Poldrack

The future of fMRI in cognitive neuroscience


Cognitive neuroscience has witnessed two decades of rapid growth, thanks in large part to the continued development of fMRI methods.  In my talk, I will question what this work has told us about brain function, and will propose that cognitive neuroscience needs to change in at least three ways. First, it needs to become broader in order to allow the discovery of selective associations between mental operations/representations and brain activity.  Second, it needs to become deeper, in the sense of a much more systematic characterization of individuals. Third, it needs to become more dynamic, leaving behind the assumption of stationary brain organization. Finally, I will discuss the need for a change in research practices that will make the results of cognitive neuroscience more reproducible.