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Prefrontal Control of Visual Cortical Signals; Neuronal Basis and Neuromodulators

When Jul 11 2016 11:30 EDT
Where Mellon Institute room 328
Who Behrad Noudoost, MD PhD

About the presenter:

Assistant Professor, Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience Montana State University

Abstract: Cognitive functions such as attention and working memory are an integral part of our daily life. A core region in the control of cognitive functions is the prefrontal cortex, which is well positioned to do this control. It sends to and receives projections from virtually all cortical sensory and motor areas, and many subcortical structures and it is believed that prefrontal cortex exerts its role in top-down control of cognitive functions by controlling sensory and motor signals via these reciprocal connections. This seminar will be about the neurons and neuromodulators involved in prefrontal control of visual signals and the contribution of this control to cognitive functions such as attention and working memory.