Human cognitive neuroscience seminar
Speaker: Edward Silson (University of Edinburgh)
Title: What does a cognitive neuroscientist do when the scanners are closed?
Abstract: In this talk, I will walk you through two legacy data projects that I’ve been working on during lockdown. The first, explores the causal nature of functional reorganisation in the human visual cortex and focuses on Patient S. Patient S is a rare case of someone who has ‘low-vision’ but can both read visually and Braille by touch. Here, we used fMRI, psychophysics and TMS to test for cross-modal plasticity. The second (if time permits) is a follow-up of relatively recent work (Silson et al., 2019) that looks at category-selective memory recall effects in medial parietal cortex. Here, we explored whether distinct regions of the brain are recruited during people, place and object recall, respectively.