Department of Informatics


Localization of cognitive functions in the brain: from phrenology to connectomics

Wednesday 11 December 12:00 until 13:00
Pevensey 1 1A6
Speaker: Jamie Ward
Part of the series: COGS Open Lectures

The extent to which different regions of the cortex are specialized for different cognitive functions has endured for nearly two centuries. This lecture will give an historical overview as to how different scientific methods have tackled this problem and drawn somewhat different conclusions. The lecture will then go on to consider whether contemporary descriptions of cognition as dynamic networks of information flow are incompatible with the idea of localisation of cognitive function. In fact, functional specialisation is an emergent feature of these architectures. This is illustrated with the examples of how/where the brain processes culturally learned symbols such as letters and numbers.

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Last updated: Monday, 28 October 2019