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[ONLINE] „Setting up and running a cognitive neuroscience lab” by Alex Clarke, PhD – a seminar

06.10.2021 - 08:53, update 27.01.2022 - 15:46
Editors: AJS
Tags: dr Alex Clarke, Metropolitalny Fundusz Wspierania Nauki

The University of Silesia in Katowice will host Alex Clarke, PhD, a cognitive and behavioural neuroscientist from the University of Cambridge (Great Britain), who will deliver two online lectures and a seminar on neural representations in the human brain.

A seminar entitled “Setting up and running a cognitive neuroscience lab” will start at 9 a.m. on 13 October. The meeting is held as part of the Silesian Science Festival KATOWICE.



During the seminar, participants will learn about the practicalities of data processing in brain imaging and various methods of research design. The meeting will start with an introduction to the subject of the data set (MEG) – what has already been measured, what the stimuli were, and a few points regarding the analysis. The stages of RSA data analysis for MEG data in Matlab will also be discussed, including the creation of RDM models, and then – particular stages of data analysis. The participants will also talk about creating research spaces. Alex Clarke, PhD will talk about his experience in financing the early stages of a research career.

The lecturer

Alex Clarke, PhD is a world-class scientist focusing on neural dynamics and the mechanisms through which vision can activate semantics, and how our knowledge of the world around us changes this dynamic. Combining magnetoencephalography (MEG), electroencephalography (EEG), functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), neuropsychology, and augmented reality (AR), it takes a multimodal approach to better understand the nature of semantic representations in the brain.

Clarke obtained his PhD in Experimental Psychology at Clare College, Cambridge University under the supervision of Prof. Lorraine K. Tyler in 2011. He is currently a Scholar of Sir Henry Dale programme, a collaboration between the Royal Society of London and the Wellcome Trust foundation. The programme is dedicated to outstanding postdoctoral researchers wishing to build their own independent research career in an institution (based in Great Britain) dealing with an important biomedical issue. Clarke, PhD is also a lecturer at St. John’s College Cambridge and the University of Cambridge.  Previously, he worked as a lecturer at the University of Anglia Ruskin and a researcher at the University of California, Davis (USA) and the University of Cambridge. He is the author of over 30 scientific papers in the field of research on memory, vision, semantics and neuroimaging.

How to join the meeting?

The meeting will be held online on the Zoom platform (Meeting ID: 989 4045 8227, Passcode: 584855).

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The project “Study of human brain activity in various cognitive states” was co-financed by the Metropolis GZM as part of the programme „Metropolitalny Fundusz Wspierania Nauki” (Metropolitan Fund for the Support of Science) in the years 2019-2022. The grant amount was PLN 18,414.00.

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