BIRC Seminars


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Upcoming ’22—’23 Speakers

Jan 19 — Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, EdD

TBA

Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, EdD
Fahmy and Donna Attallah Chair in Humanistic Psychology
Director, USC Center for Affective Neuroscience, Development, Learning and Education
Professor of Education, Psychology & Neuroscience
Brain & Creativity Institute, USC Rossier School of Education

Thursday, January 19th 2023
2:00 pm ET
Oak Hall 408 (virtual) and livestream

Abstract TBA

Feb 2 — Jessica Church-Lang PhD

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Jessica Church-Lang PhD
Department of Psychology
University of Texas at Austin

Thursday, February 2nd 2023
2:00 pm ET
Oak Hall 408 (virtual) and livestream

Abstract TBA

Mar 3 — Franco Pestilli PhD

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Franco Pestilli PhD
Department of Psychology
University of Texas, Austin

Friday, March 3rd 2023
3:00 — 4:00 pm ET
In-person Oak Hall 408

Abstract TBA

Mar 30 — What is the current and potential contribution of neuroimaging to educational neuroscience?

What is the current and potential contribution of neuroimaging to educational neuroscience?

Michael Thomas DPhil
Department of Psychological Sciences & Centre for Educational Neuroscience
Birbeck University of London

Thursday, March 30th 2023
2:00 pm ET
Oak Hall 408 (virtual) and livestream

Abstract TBA

April 27 — Michael Crowley PhD

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Michael Crowley PhD
Yale Child Study Center

Thursday, April 27th 2023
2:00 pm ET
In-person Oak Hall 408 

Abstract TBA

TBA: Richard Davidson PhD: Well-being is a skill: Science and action

Well-being is a skill: Science and action

Richard J. Davidson PhD

Center for Healthy Minds
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Details TBA

Past ’22—’23 Speakers and Recordings

Nov 3 — Leading Institutional Cultural Changes Using a Change Management Model: A DEI Example

Leading Institutional Cultural Changes Using a Change Management Model: A DEI Example

Adrian KC Lee, ScD
Speech & Hearing Sciences
University of Washington

Thursday, November 3rd 2022
2:00  pm ET
Oak Hall 408 (virtual) and livestream

Watch the recording here.

Instilling cultural changes in an institution is an uphill battle. Some take up leadership positions at an institution in the hope of making lasting changes. Crafting a vision of change is obviously important, but often the execution of changes is stalled because the road ahead is too daunting. While change management is a well-studied discipline in the business world, we barely leverage this in academia. In this talk, we will introduce one specific change management model and discuss how well-defined steps could help us lead effective change in the academic enterprise, using a change in DEI culture as an example.

Nov 17 — Behavioral and neurophysiological evidence regarding the influence of oculomotor circuitry on auditory spatial tasks

Behavioral and neurophysiological evidence regarding the influence of oculomotor circuitry on auditory spatial tasks

Adrian KC Lee, ScD
Speech & Hearing Sciences
University of Washington

Thursday, November 17th 2022
2:00 pm ET
Oak Hall 408 (virtual) and livestream

Watch the recording here.

Spatial cues play an important role in segregating auditory objects in a complex acoustical scene. Spatial attention is often considered to be supramodal, e.g., crossmodal spatial cues can enhance the perception of stimuli in another modality when presented in the same location. Therefore, it is not surprising to find similarities between auditory and visual spatial attentional networks. An outstanding question, however, is how the supramodal spatial attention network functions if the listener attends instead to non-spatial acoustic features, e.g., pitch? In vision, the coupling between oculomotor circuitry and the attentional network is well studied. Are there behavioral consequences related to this tight oculomotor coupling in the context of auditory spatial tasks? We addressed these questions using three approaches. First, in a series of neuroimaging experiments using combined magneto- and electro-encephalography constrained by anatomical MRI data, we explored how different cortical regions are recruited for auditory spatial and non-spatial attention both during maintenance of attention to a single auditory stream and switching of attention between streams. Second, based on our newly developed sparse-plus-low-rank graphical approach that enables modelling of structured relationships between time series in a big data setting, we are starting work inferring functional connectivity between cortical regions to tease apart how different cortical nodes are coordinated to perform different auditory attentional tasks. Finally, we used psychophysical methods to address whether there are behavioral consequences related to this tight coupling between the oculomotor and attentional networks in the context of auditory spatial tasks.

Past Speakers 2018-2022 and Recordings

Past Speakers 2018-2022

Date Speaker Title
Friday, May 20th

1:30-2:45 pm ET

Augusto Buchweitz, PhD

UConn

‘Leave them kids alone’: a brief history of building a brain imaging lab in Brazil and investigating children and adolescent early literacy and exposure to violence (flyer)
Friday, April 22nd

1:30-2:45 pm ET

 

Adrian Owen, PhD

University of Western Ontario

Into The Gray Zone: Assessing Residual Cognitive Function in Disorders of  Consciousness
Friday, February 18th

(Co-hosted by BIRC and IBACS)

John Hale, PhDUniversity of Georgia Grammar, Incrementality and fMRI Timecourse
Thursday, January 27th

Co-hosted SLAC Talk

Tracy Tokuhama-Espinosa, PhD

Harvard

Transdisciplinary, Translational, International Communication
Friday, January 21st

Speaker-Tag Series

Roy Hamilton, MD

UPenn

Stimulating Conversations: Employing Noninvasive Brain Stimulation Technologies to Characterize and Enhance Language Processing in Persons with Aphasia (flyer)
Friday, December 10th

Speaker-Tag Series

Jason Yeatman, PhD

Stanford

Neural Plasticity in Developmental Dyslexia (flyer)
Tuesday, November 26th

Speaker-Tag Series

Swathi Kiran, PhD

BU

Advances in predicting language recovery after stroke: Precision rehab
Tuesday, October 5th

Speaker-Tag Series

Alex Martin, PhD

NIH/NIMH

Object concept representation: The case of Food (flyer)
Tuesday, September 21st

Speaker-Tag Series

MariLu Gorno Tempini, MD, PhD

UC San Francisco

Language disorders across the life span (flyer)
Tuesday, June 8th

Speaker-Tag Series

Terry Jernigan, PhD

UC San Diego

Developmental Population Neuroscience and The ABCD Study (flyer)
Tuesday, May 18th

Speaker-Tag Series

Russell Poldrack, PhD

Stanford University

What's wrong with neuroimaging, and how can we make it right? (flyer)
Tuesday, April 20th

Speaker-Tag Series

Kalanit Grill-Spector, PhD

Stanford University

Human visual cortex as a window into the developing brain (flyer)
Tuesday, March 9th

Speaker-Tag Series

Ido Davidesco, PhD

UConn - Neag School of Educaiton

Brain-to-Brain Synchrony in the Classroom

(flyer)

February 23rd 2021

Speaker-Tag Series

Environmental influences on brain development and plasticity (flyer)
January 26th 2021

Speaker-Tag Series

Dean Mobbs, PhD

California Institute of Technology

Space, Time and Fear: Survival Decisions along Defensive Circuits

(flyer)

December 15th 2020

Speaker-Tag Series

Kou Murayama, PhD 

University of Tübingen

A reward-learning framework of autonomous knowledge acquisition: An integrated account of curiosity, interest, and intrinsic-extrinsic rewards

(flyer)

December 1st 2020

BIRC Speaker Series

Gyorgy Buzsaki, MD, PhD

New York University

Ways to think about the brain 

(flyer)

(please email elizabeth.collin@uconn.edu to request the recoding)

October 20th 2020

Speaker-Tag Series

Yunzhe Liu, PhD Student

Max Planck UCL Centre

October 6th 2020

BIRC Speaker Series

Damien Fair, PA-C, PhD

University of Minnesota

July 7th 2020

Speaker-Tag Series

Roshan Cools, PhD

Radbound University

June 16th 2020

Speaker-Tag Series

Daphna Shohamy, PhD

Columbia University

June 2nd 2020

Speaker-Tag Series

Danielle S. Bassett, PhD

University of Pennsylvania

Perturbation and Control for Human Brain Network Dynamics

(flyer)

May 19th 2020

Speaker-Tag Series

Danielle S. Bassett, PhD

University of Pennsylvania

Science as Culture

(flyer)

May 5th 2020

Speaker-Tag Series

Nathan Spreng, PhD

McGill University

Explorations into the Default Mode Network of the Human Brain

(flyer)

April 14th 2020

Speaker-Tag Series

Lucina Uddin, PhD

University of Miami

Brain Dynamics and Flexible Behaviors

(flyer)

April 1st 2020

BIRC Speaker Series

Daniel Ansari, PhD

University of Western Ontario

Number Symbols in Brain and Mind

(flyer)

March 3rd 2020

BIRC Speaker Series

David Badre, PhD

Brown University

Prefrontal Cortex and the Hierarchical Control of Behavior

(flyer)

February 4th 2020

BIRC Speaker Series

Katarzyna Chawarska, PhD

Yale University

Social and Affective Characteristics of Infants and Toddlers with ASD

(flyer)

December 3rd 2020

BIRC Speaker Series

Kimberly Nobel, MD, PhD

Columbia University

Socioeconomic Inequality and Children's Brain Development

(flyer)

November 5th 2019

BIRC Speaker Series

Stephanie Jones, PhD

Brown University

Bridging MEG/EEG to Cell and Neural Level Dynamics with the Human Neocortical Neurosolver

(flyer)

October 15th 2019

BIRC Speaker Series

Uri Hasson, PhD

Princeton University

Face to Face, Brain to Brain: Exploring the Mechanisms of Dyadic Social Interaction

(flyer)

September 10th 2019

BIRC Speaker Series

Tor Wager, PhD

Dartmouth College

Neuroimaging of pain and emotion: Computation, representation, and regulation

(flyer)

May 1st 2019

BIRC Speaker Series

Michele Diaz, PhD

Penn State University

Evidence of age-related phonological impairments in language production

(flyer)

April 3rd 2019

BIRC Speaker Series

Theresa Desrochers, PhD

Brown University

Sequential control in the frontal cortex: studies in animals and humans

(flyer)

February 20th 2019

BIRC Speaker Series

James Haxby, PhD

Dartmouth College

Hyperalignment: Modeling the shared deep structure of information encoded in fine scale cortical topographies

(flyer)

January 30th 2019

BIRC Speaker Series

Susan Whitfield-Gabrieli, PhD

Northeastern University

Clinical Translation of Resting State Networks

(flyer)

December 5th 2018

BIRC Speaker Series

Vincent Gracco, PhD

McGill University

 Functional Networks and Speech Production
November 7th 2018

BIRC Speaker Series

David Steffens, MD

UConn Health

Linking Late-Life Depression, Cognitive Impairment, and Dementia
October 3rd 2018

BIRC Speaker Series

Emily Meyers, James Magnuson, Fumiko Hoeft, Rachel Marshall and, Louis Bach Tips You Won’t Get at Grant Writing Courses: NIH, NSF, foundation grants and philanthropy
September 5 2018

BIRC Speaker Series

Lihong Wang, MD, PhD

UConn Health

Neuroimaging Markers of Cognitive Reserve and Brain Aging