BBB Seminar Series

Time Mondays 1-2pm, unless otherwise noted

Location Berkowitz room, 338 Psychology, unless otherwise noted


Spring 2022 seminar series

January 31, via Zoom Prof. Mitchell Valdes-Sosa (Cuban Center for Neuroscience) “Neural mechanisms for attentional selection of hierarchical level in visual objects”

February 9, 12 midday start (instead of February 7) Dr. Stephen Ferrigno (Harvard University) “The Evolutionary, Developmental, and Cultural Origins of Human Cognition”

February 16, 12 midday start, via Zoom (instead of February 14) Prof. Elizabeth Simpson (University of Miami) “Social cognitive development in human and macaque infants: Face perception and face-to-face interactions”

February 21, via Zoom Dr. Ariana Andrei (University of Texas Health at Houston) Lights, camera, action: using optogenetics and cinema to understand cortical circuits and visual perception”

February 28, via Zoom Prof. Agatha Lenartowicz (UCLA) “Alpha-range neural oscillations: A marker of attention control and ADHD?”

March 7, 11am start, via Zoom Prof. Andrea Martin (Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics) Constraints on theories of language processing”

March 14 Spring break (no meeting)

March 21 Prof. David Ehrlich (iBio, UW-Madison) “Motor control and adaptation by the fish cerebellum”

March 28 Quan Wan (Postle Lab, Psychology, UW-Madison) “Priority-based transformations of stimulus representation in visual working memory”

April 4 Speaker rescheduled (no meeting)

April 11 Patrick Monari (Marler Lab, Psychology, UW-Madison) Chronic intranasal oxytocin promotes social approach and adult neurogenesis”

April 18 Jiangang Shan (Postle Lab, Psychology, UW-Madison) Neural mechanisms of active removal from working memory”

April 25 Duncan Cleveland (Saalmann Lab, Psychology, UW-Madison) “Hierarchical rule processing in the prefrontal cortex

May 2 BBB faculty meeting

May 12, 1pm start Dr. Michelle Redinbaugh (Stanford University) “Thalamic deep brain stimulation to reduce consciousness in macaque monkeys


Fall 2021 seminar series

September 13 Dr. Benjamin Baird (Psychiatry) “The cognitive neuroscience of lucid dreaming”

September 23, 4pm, Room 107 Psychology (instead of September 20) Prof. Karen Schloss (Psychology) “That color means what? Understanding how people infer meaning from visual features for visual communication”

September 30, 4pm (instead of September 27) Prof. David Plaut (Carnegie Mellon) “Origins of domain specificity in high-level vision”

October 4, via Zoom Dr. Ryan Ly (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory) “Neurodata without borders”

October 11 Prof. Aviad Hai (Biomedical Engineering) “Towards Whole-Brain Readouts of the Mammalian Nervous System with minimal invasiveness”

October 18 Prof. Andre Sousa (Neuroscience) “Human brain development and evolution: insights from functional genomics”

October 25 Prof. Katie Drerup (iBio) “Retrograde mitochondrial transports regulates mitochondrial homeostasis in neurons”

November 1 Dr. Chunyue Teng (Postle Lab, Psychology) “Flexible top-down control in the interaction between working memory and perception” (Society for Neuroscience conference practice presentation)

November 8 Prof. Michael Cahill (Comparative Biosciences) “Maternal sleep apnea as a possible contributor to autism relevant phenotypes in her offspring”

November 15 Prof. Freya Mowat (Surgical Sciences, and Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences) “The impact of PGC-1alpha deficiency on retinal structure and function with aging”

November 22 Thanksgiving. No meeting.

November 29 Candice Malone (Marler Lab, Psychology) “Investigating Neural Plasticity Across Pair Bond Establishment in the Monogamous California Mouse” (First Year Project (FYP) practice talk) 

December 3 (instead of December 6) FYP symposium

December 13 Sounak Mohanta (Saalmann Lab, Psychology) “Perturbing predictive processing using ketamine”


Spring 2021 seminar series

January 25 Prof. Brad Postle (Psychology) “The Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience discusses the editorial process”

February 1, 11am start Dr. Keith Doelling (Institut de l’Audition) Temporal prediction of natural rhythms in speech and music”

February 4, 4pm start (instead of February 8) “Title IX session for graduate students”

February 15 Dr. Theofanis Panagiotaropoulos (Neurospin) Neural correlates of conscious visual perception and predictive coding in the macaque prefrontal cortex”

February 25, 4pm start (instead of February 22) Prof. Annegret Falkner (Princeton University) Mapping the neural dynamics of social dominance and defeat”

March 1 Prof. Ian Fiebelkorn (University of Rochester) A Neural Basis for Rhythmic Selective Attention”

March 8 Dr. Arif Hamid (Brown University) Striatal dopamine waves as a mechanism for spatiotemporal credit assignment”

March 11, 4pm start (instead of March 15) Prof. Eliza Bliss-Moreau (UC Davis) Context matters: growing healthy brains and minds from womb-to-tomb”

March 22 Prof. Han Wang (Integrative Biology) Genetic and neural dissection of sleep in C. elegans”

April 1, 4pm start (instead of March 29) Russ Shafer-Landau (Philosophy) “Discussion of ethics of reading assignments and promotion of different scholars’ work

April 5 Jiangang Shan (Postle Lab, Psychology) “The mechanisms of active removal from working memory” (practice talk for FYP symposium on April 16)

April 12 Prof. Philipp Koellinger (La Follette School of Public Affairs) “Socioeconomic status and its genetic basis are embodied in the human brain

April 19 Prof. Ei Terasawa (Pediatrics) “Puberty Brain and Adolescent Brain

April 26 BBB faculty meeting


Anthony Auger Our research is directed at how steroid receptors and the social environment interact to influence brain development and subsequently behavior in a normal or abnormal manner.

Allyson Bennett My research centers on how the interplay between early environments, experiences, and genes contribute to individual variation in psychological and physical health across the lifespan.

Craig Berridge My research focuses on the actions of neurotransmitters, particularly catecholamines and select neuropeptides, in the regulation of behavioral state and state-dependent cognitive processes (working memory, attention).

Chris Coe My research is concerned with mind/body relationships and nature/nurture issues that affect health and vulnerability to illness.

Richard Davidson Research in my laboratories is focused on cortical and subcortical substrates of emotion and affective disorders, including depression and anxiety.

Rick Jenison Computational neuroscience; value-based decision-making; functional and effective connectivity in the human brain; point-process modeling of neural ensembles; computational models of the basal ganglia and amygdala.

James Li My research examines the interplay between genes and environments that contribute to the development of child externalizing problems.

Cathy Marler My research centers around bi-directional interactions between endocrinology , animal behavior and the social environment.

Seth Pollak Developmental risk (child poverty, child maltreatment); mechanisms of developmental change; experience-dependent learning; stress regulation; children’s health; development and evolution of emotion; developmental psychopathology

Brad Postle short-term memory/working memory; attention; consciousness; fMRI; TMS; EEG

Tim Rogers I am interested in understanding human semantic memory; that is, our knowledge about the meanings of words, objects, and events.

Yuri Saalmann Cognitive control, conscious awareness, brain connectivity, neural dynamics, neural coding.