The UCLA Joint Seminars in Neuroscience 32nd Annual H.W. Magoun Lecture Presents - Dean V. Buonomano, Ph.D.

Tuesday, March 9, 2021 - 12:00pm

The UCLA Joint Seminars in Neuroscience Presents - Dean V. Buonomano, Ph.D.
The Brain Research Institute 32nd Annual H.W. Magoun Lecture

"How Does the Brain Tell Time?"

Dean V. Buonomano, Ph.D.
Department of Neurobiology and Psychology
University of California, Los Angeles

Abstract: The ability to tell time, represent and encode temporal information, and use past experiences to predict the future, are among the most fundamental computations the brain performs. But how do networks of neurons tell time and encode temporal information in a flexible manner? We have proposed that precisely because of the importance of time, most neural circuits are capable of temporal computations. Thus, in contrast to the clocks on our wrists that rely on the same mechanism to tell time across a wide range of scales, the brain engages many different mechanisms and circuits to tell time. We have proposed that on the scale of seconds the brain relies on numerous forms of dynamics inherent to neural systems to tell time. I will review two decades of research from our laboratory in which we have used computational, experimental, and psychophysical approaches to validate this hypothesis.

Host: Dr. Felix Schweizer

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