BBB Seminar Series

Time Mondays 1-2pm Central Time, unless otherwise noted

Location Room 121 Psychology, unless otherwise noted


Spring 2024 seminar series

January 22, 11am Dr. Vivian Paulun (MIT) “Seeing the Physical World”

January 29, 11am Dr. Rosa Lafer-Sousa (NIMH) “Causal Role of Ventral Stream Neural Circuitry in Visual Perception

February 5, 11am Prof. Zhong-Lin Lu (NYU Shanghai) “Visual Perceptual Learning: Insights from New Data Analytics and Computational Modeling

February 13, 11.30am, Large conference room, WNPRC (instead of 2/12; virtual option) Prof. Joshua Gold (University of  Pennsylvania) “Adaptive Decision-Making as a Window on Cognition”

February 16, 12mid, Large conference room, WNPRC (instead of 2/19; virtual option) Dr. Jeanette Metzger (Emborg Lab, UW Madison) “Efficient in vivo neuronal genome editing in the mouse brain using nanocapsules containing CRISPR-Cas9 ribonucleoproteins”

February 26, 1pm Prof. Stefan van der Stigchel (Utrecht University) “An embodied account of visual working memory”

March 15, 12mid, Large conference room, WNPRC (instead of 3/11; virtual option) Prof. Jeff Schall (York University) re: Decision making

March 18, 1pm, virtual Prof. Raunak Sinha (Neuroscience, UW-Madison) re: Visual processing in the retina, and Prof. Ari Rosenberg (Neuroscience, UW-Madison) re: Neural mechanisms of 3D vision


Fall 2023 seminar series

September 11 Prof. Yuri Saalmann (Psychology, UW-Madison) “Rethinking the neural mechanisms of abstraction”

September 15, 12mid, Large conference room, WNPRC (instead of 9/18) NeuroBlitz featuring Emily Greinwald (Levine Lab) Evaluating the role of  neuro-estrogens in facilitating female sexual behavior in the rhesus macaque”; Bikalpa Ghimire (Huang Lab) “Investigating perceptual organization of motion integration and segmentation”; and Ray Doudlah (Rosenberg Lab) “Hierarchical transformation of 3D object representations across macaque V3A and CIP”

September 27, 12mid, Berkowitz room, 338 Psychology (instead of 9/25) Joint CCN-BBB meeting: The molecular memory code and synaptic plasticity

October 2 Prof. Vanessa Leone (Department of Animal and Dairy Sciences, UW-Madison) “Implications for gut microbes in behavioral and thermoregulatory outputs of circadian networks”

October 9 No meeting

October 16, Virtual Dr. Arjen Boender (Emory University) “Natural variation in oxytocin receptor signaling causes widespread changes in neural transcription: a link to the natural killer gene complex”; and Prof. Jessica Raper (Emory University) “Neurobehavioral consequences of Viral Infections in Nonhuman Primates”

October 19, 4pm, Berkowitz room, 338 Psychology (instead of 10/9) Prof. Charan Ranganath (UC Davis) “Memory, the Universe, and Everything”

October 20, 12mid, Large conference room, WNPRC NeuroBlitz II featuring Zikang (John) Zhu (Rosenberg Lab) “Distinct effects of electrical microstimulation in macaque areas MT and FST on 3D motion perception”; Ying Cao (Huang Lab) “MT neuron representation of spatially separated two speeds”; and  Lauren Kresser (Rosenberg Lab) “Saccade-related activity and sensorimotor associations at the macaque parieto-occipital junction”

October 23 Society for Neuroscience presentations featuring Quan Wan (Postle Lab, Psychology, UW-Madison) “Representing context and priority in working memory”; and Jiangang Shan (Postle Lab) “EEG correlates of active removal from working memory”

October 30 Mohammad Ali Kheirkhah Ravandi (Saalmann Lab, Psychology, UW-Madison) “Incorporating prior knowledge under sensory uncertainty”

November 6, Room 121 Psychology Prof. Jerry Chao (University Hospital, Albert Einstein College of Medicine) “How the noninvasive electroencephalogram (EEG) can serve pediatric anesthesiologists, patients, and researchers – and beyond!”

November 13 No meeting (Society for Neuroscience conference)

November 20, Virtual Prof. Greg Horwitz (University of Washington) “Mechanisms of contrast detection in the macaque visual system”

November 27 Prof. Rodrigo España (Drexel University) “Sleep disruptions promote cocaine seeking and dopamine terminal adaptations”

December 4 Prof. Matt Banks (Anesthesiology, UW-Madison) “Cortical network reorganization underlying changes in consciousness: Insights from comparing sleep and general anesthesia”


Spring 2023 seminar series

January 26, 4pm, 113 Psychology Dr. Dheeraj Roy (Broad Institute, MIT/Harvard) “Thalamic function in health and disease”

January 30, 11am, 113 Psychology Dr. Danique Jeurissen (Columbia University) “The neural basis of cognitive flexibility in primates”

February 2, 4pm, 113 Psychology Dr. David Barack (University of Pennsylvania) “The Quest for Information: Foraging as a Scaffold for Learning and Reasoning”

February 13, 11am, 113 Psychology Prof. Kimberly D’Anna Hernandez (Marquette University) re: Role of stress-related hormones on maternal behavior

February 17, 12 midday, 113 Psychology Dr. Ali Mohebi (UCSF) “Dopamine: A tale of two functions (and beyond)”

February 22, 12 midday, 113 Psychology Prof. Kathryn Howell (University of Memphis) “Promoting Resilience across the Family System”

February 27, 3.45pm, 113 Psychology Dr. Alexander Daros (University of Toronto) “Emotion dysregulation: A transdiagnostic risk factor and treatment target across mental disorders”

March 6 Sounak Mohanta (Saalmann Lab, Psychology, UW-Madison) “Neural mechanisms of predictive perception”

March 13 Spring break

March 20 Spencer Cooke (Berridge Lab, Psychology, UW-Madison) “Effects of stress on cognition and underlying circuits”

March 27 No meeting

April 3 Candice Malone (Marler Lab, Psychology, UW-Madison) “Neural changes across major social transitions”

April 10 Jiangang Shan (Postle Lab, Psychology, UW-Madison) “Neural mechanisms of working memory”

April 17 Prof. Andre Sousa (Neuroscience, UW-Madison) “Multimodal analysis of primate prefrontal cortical development and evolution”, and Prof. Yuri Saalmann (Psychology, UW-Madison) “Controlling cortico-subcortical circuits and consciousness”

April 24 Quan Wan (Postle Lab, Psychology, UW-Madison) “Neural bases of prioritization in visual working memory (in vivo and in silico)”

May 1 Patrick Monari (Marler Lab, Psychology, UW-Madison) re: Oxytocin, social approach, adult neurogenesis


Fall 2022 seminar series

September 12, 4:30pm, 1335 HSLC and via Zoom (Reception, 3:30pm, 9th floor Gallery WIMR) Dr. Michael Chiang (National Eye Institute) “Artificial intelligence and data science for eye care: Perspectives from the National Eye Institute”

September 21, 2pm, Varsity Hall, Union South (instead of 9/19) Re-Connectome Symposium Talks, Posters, Networking”

September 26 Prof. Stephen Ferrigno (Psychology, UW-Madison) “The origins of number cognition”

October 3 Prof. LaTasha Crawford (Pathobiological Sciences, UW-Madison) “Exploring sensory ganglia plasticity across models of chronic pain”

October 10 Prof. Brittany Travers (Kinesiology, UW-Madison) “Early developing brain structures and sensorimotor features in autistic individuals”

October 17 Prof. Farrah Madison (iBio, UW-Madison) “Neural mechanisms underlying phenotypic variation in songbirds”

October 24 Emma Hammond (Marler Lab, Psychology, UW-Madison) First Year Project (FYP) talk: “Negative effects of oxytocin on wound healing in isolated individuals of a monogamous species”

October 31 Duncan Cleveland (Saalmann Lab, Psychology, UW-Madison) Society for Neuroscience (SfN) talk: “Network dynamics of hierarchical processing in the prefrontal cortex during task abstraction”

November 7 Prof. Marcelo Vargas (Neurology, UW-Madison) “Astrocyte-neuron interaction in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis”

November 14 Prof. Larissa Albantakis (Psychiatry, UW-Madison) “Causation vs. Prediction: Understanding why an agent did what it did”

November 21, via Zoom Prof. Inbal Ben-Ami Bartal (Tel Aviv University) “Neural circuits for prosocial behavior in rats”

November 28 No meeting

December 5 Prof. Jyoti Watters (Comparative Biosciences, UW-Madison) “The Neural Consequences on Adult Offspring of a Model of Maternal Sleep Apnea”


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, consciousness, memory, neural dynamics, neural coding.