Exploring Cognitive Brains
A Collaborative Symposium between Taiwan and the UK

Time: 2024/03/15 (Fri) 15:00-17:00

Location: 801 Meeting room, Research and Teaching Building, SH Campus, Taipei Medical University

Speaker: Prof. Nicholas Myers (School of Psychology, University of Nottingham)

Topic: Effects of perceptual learning on functional MRI estimates of visual crowding in eccentric vision


We readily generalise behavioural rules from familiar to new contexts. Generalisation relies on abstraction of rules from individual experiences and may depend on neural representations that generalise across contexts. However, context-generalised neural representations can potentially lead to interference – for instance when multiple potential category judgments can be applied to the same set of stimuli. Computational modeling suggests that in these situations, context-generalised neural representations are suboptimal. I will present evidence from behaviour and EEG in humans and single-unit recordings in the prefrontal cortex of non-human primates that is consistent with this framework.


Speaker: Prof. Matias Ison (School of Psychology, University of Nottingham)

Topic: Combining Methodologies for Brain Exploration: Insights from M-EEG, Eye Movements, and Single Neuron Recording


In this talk, I will discuss our approach to understanding brain function by leveraging different technologies and quantitative tools. I’ll demonstrate how the integration of eye tracking with EEG, MEG, and OPM-MEG allows us to explore macroscopic brain activity in naturalistic conditions. Shifting to a finer scale, I’ll present single neuron recordings from microwires implanted in epileptic patients for possible curative surgery. I will show how the dynamic firing patterns of individual neurons in the human brain can reveal insights into the formation of new memories.