MBL Friday Evening Lecture – "Cephalopods, Visual Perception, Motor Control and Brain Evolution," Gilles Laurent

Friday, July 19, 2019 - 8:00pm
Lillie Auditorium 7 MBL Street Woods Hole, MA 02543

Cephalopods, with their large brains and elaborate behaviors, offer a rare opportunity to tackle both singular and general problems of neuroscience, such as texture perception, motor control, neural circuit design and complex challenges of machine vision, in animals that diverged from the vertebrate lineage close to 700 million years ago. Dr. Gilles Laurent will illustrate some of these issues with examples from his laboratory’s recent work on cuttlefish in his talk titled, "Cephalopods, Visual Perception, Motor Control and Brain Evolution." Their approach combines quantitative and evolutionary perspectives to identify potential principles of design and function of nervous systems.

Gilles Laurent is the Director of the Max Planck Institute for Brain Research in Frankfurt, Germany, and has had an extensive career in science with expertise in Cellular, Systems and Computational Neuroscience, Cortical Computation, and more. Laurent has taught numerous neuroscience courses all over the world, in places such as Copenhagen, Denmark; Jena, Germany; Lisbon, Portugal; and Alpbach, Austria. Laurent has received a great number of honors throughout his career, including the International Society for Neuroethology Prize in 1987, the Searle Fellow Award in years 1990-93, the McKnight Neuroscience Young Investigator Award in years 1991-94 and 2000-03, and the L.L. and A.W. Ferguson Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1992 and 1993.


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