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. Neuroscience is a fascinating, interdisciplinary science that reveals the secrets of the functioning of the nervous system.
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.
Lectures and a seminar
As part of the project “Study of human brain activity in various cognitive states” two lectures and a seminar are planned to be held online on the Zoom platform from 11 to 13 October, 2021:
- A lecture entitled “Visual, semantic and contextual processing during object recognition” – 11 October 2021, 2.55 p.m. – 4.25 p.m. (as part of Silesian Science Festival KATOWICE) Link to the meeting (Meeting ID: 973 1771 9847, Passcode: s1FGGM);
- A lecture entitled “Methods to study neural representations across multiple imaging modalities” – 12 October 2021, 3.25 p.m. – 4.55 p.m. (as part of Silesian Science Festival KATOWICE) Link to the meeting (Meeting ID: 973 1771 9847, Passcode: s1FGGM);
- A seminar entitled “Setting up and running a cognitive neuroscience lab” – 13 October 2021, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Link to the meeting (Meeting ID: 989 4045 8227, Passcode: 584855);
The content-related coordinator of the project is Karina Maciejewska, PhD from the Faculty of Science and Technology of the University of Silesia in Katowice.
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.