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Abstraction and inference in the prefrontal hippocampal circuitry. - A talk by Timothy Behrens (University of Oxford)

Timothy Behrens - University of Oxford
Wednesday, March 24, 2021, 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Abstraction and inference in the prefrontal hippocampal circuitry. 

The cellular representations and computations that allow rodents to navigate in space have been described with beautiful precision.  In this talk, I will show that some of these same computations can be found in humans doing tasks that appear very different from spatial navigation.  I will describe some theory that allows us to think about spatial and non-spatial problems in the same framework, and I will try to use this theory to give a new perspective on the beautiful spatial computations that inspired it.  The overall goal of this work is to find a framework where we can talk about complicated non-spatial inference problems with the same precision that is only currently available in space.