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Dr. Inbal Goshen selected as a FENS-Kavli Network of Excellence scholar

Dr. Inbal Goshen selected as a FENS-Kavli Network of Excellence scholar

The FENS-Kavli Network of Excellence is a network of 30 outstanding early to midcareer European neuroscientists. The Network was established in 2014 through a collaboration by the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS) and the Kavli Foundation. The multidisciplinary, international Network of FENS-Kavli Scholars is […]

The Mysteries of the Brain

The Mysteries of the Brain

An interview with Professor Idan Segev

 

Press: Theory of nonstationary Hawkes processes

Press: Theory of nonstationary Hawkes processes

Authors: Neta Ravid Tannenbaum and Yoram Burak   Published in Physical Review E on December 2017 Abstract: We expand the theory of Hawkes processes to the non-stationary case, in which the mutually exciting point processes receive time-dependent inputs. We derive an analytical expression for the time- dependent […]

Prof. Amir Amedi and Dr. Ami Citri win ERC grants

Prof. Amir Amedi and Dr. Ami Citri win ERC grants

ELSC congratulates Prof. Amir Amedi and Dr. Ami Citri for receiving the prestigious ERC grant!

 
Amir Amedi:
How experience shapes brain specializations: The main goal of my research is to understand the origins of brain specialization and its flexibility across the lifespan.  In our modern society novel sensory experiences and augmented perception technologies are increasingly part of our everyday life. How does our brain deal with processing these new experiences? How much of its functional specializations and organization principles (e.g. topography in early sensory and motor brain areas) are already predefined by evolution and are locked after critical periods early in life? Our main hypothesis is that computational tasks, cognitive goals and partially innate network connectivity patterns, rather than sensory input per se, drive the emergence of brain specializations even after the critical periods pass. We base this also on our extensive experience with teaching blind users to “see” with their ears using sensory substitution devices (SSDs) and the resulting brain specializations, including potential mechanisms.  Here, we will extend, generalize and consolidate this theory by tracking in healthy adults the development of Novel Sensory Experiences (NSEs) which humans never experienced in their lifespan or during evolution.  We suggest here a series of 5 novel topographic devices (e.g. we developed recently the IRThermoSense for perceiving thermal images without interfering with regular vision). We will also provide novel experiences to congenitally sensory deprived populations (e.g. deaf) to promote sensory restoration. In both cases, we aim to characterize the integration of new sensory information in the brain using longitudinal self and supervised learning in virtual and real world environments and cutting-edge biologically inspired computational neuroimaging tools, with special emphasis on topography (similar to how natural senses are represented e.g. body homunculus and retinotopy), task-selectivity, specializations, multisensory and sensorimotor binding, and the emergence of distal attribution.
 
Ami Citri
The Claustrum: A Circuit Hub for Attention: In this study, I aim to unravel the activity, function and mechanism of action of the claustrum, with special emphasis on its role in exacting gain control of cortical processing, and in mediating neuromodulation of attention. I will combine complementary behavioral, electrophysiological and perturbational approaches, in the context of unique transgenic mouse models enabling selective access to the claustrum.
Habits, Compulsions & Addiction with Dr. Ami Citri

Habits, Compulsions & Addiction with Dr. Ami Citri

Brain Circle UK is excited to host a compelling lecture by Professor Ami Citri, Head of the Citri laboratory at the Edmond & Lily Safra Center for Brain Sciences. Dr. Ami Citri invites you to explore the exciting developments in neuroscience and how they pertain […]

The Edmond & Lily Safra Center’s New Home!

The Edmond & Lily Safra Center’s New Home!

  The Hebrew University of Jerusalem dedicated the new home of The Edmond and Lily Safra Center for Brain Sciences (ELSC) in Jerusalem on June 13, 2017. More than 400 people from Israel and abroad attended the gala celebration and naming ceremony of the largest neuroscience center […]

Celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Brain Circle

Celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Brain Circle

Brain Circle Conference

What makes us human ?

From genes to conscious minds

 

The Jewish Chronicle: Brain power brings in £600k for pioneering Israeli centre

The Jewish Chronicle: Brain power brings in £600k for pioneering Israeli centre

A UK charity supporting the Edmond and Lily Safra Centre for Brain Sciences at Jerusalem’s Hebrew University raised £600,000 from its inaugural dinner at the V&A in Kensington. More than 400 guests heard from Professor Idan Segev, who heads the Lab for Understanding Neurons at […]