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Wednesdays from 11 am - noon (Central Standard Time; UTC -6) in the CAMRI Conference Room, Smith 104G
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CAMRI has a weekly CAMRI Neuroscience Seminar Series and Journal Club (CNJC). It breaks for summer holidays, winter break, and other major holidays such as Thanksgiving. The Seminar Series features leaders in the field of human neuroscience discussing their latest research. The series is a mixture of physical and virtual seminars given over Skype. On weeks with no seminar series, there will be a journal club whose purpose is to discuss high impact, insightful articles from all areas of human neuroscience, especially functional and anatomical MRI. The format is an interactive, open forum with a primary presenter and the full participation of the audience. This journal club will provide a learning environment for the critical analysis of journal articles, presentation skills, and experimental design.

Academic Year 2019-2020
9/4/19 Ole Jensen, University of Birmingham. On the role of alpha and gamma oscillations for routing and prioritizing information in the working brain
9/11/19 Michele T. Diaz, Pennsylvania State University. Neural and behavioral age-related differences in language production
9/18/19 Kristina Visscher, University at Alabama at Birmingham. Anatomy and function of central and peripheral vision: how are they different and how might they change with experience?
9/25/19 Andrew Pruszynski, Western University. Somatosensory Inputs for Real World Hand Control
10/2/19 Lori Holt, Carnegie Mellon University. Listening in on Auditory Learning
10/9/19 Yom Kippur
10/16/19 Jerzy Bodurka, Laureate Institute for Brain Research. EEG-fMRI Neurofeedback as a novel intervention for PTSD and MDD.
10/23/19 Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting
10/30/19 Miguel Eckstein, University of California Santa Barbara. Visual Search: Differences between your Brain and Deep Neural Networks
11/6/19 Nanthia Suthana, University of California Los Angeles. Deep brain oscillatory dynamics in freely moving humans immersed in virtual, augmented and real-world environments
11/13/19 Claudia Lunghi, École Normale Supérieure. Cross-modal Interactions Without Visual Awareness
11/20/19 Susie Huang, Massachusetts General Hospital. Characterizing tissue microstructure in the living human brain using high-gradient diffusion MRI.
11/27/19 Thanksgiving Week
12/4/19 Matt Leonard, University of California San Francisco. Dynamic Brain Networks for the Perception and Organization of Speech.
12/11/19 Evelina Fedorenko, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The language system in the human mind and brain
Holiday Break
1/15/20 Julie Fiez, University of Pittsburgh. The Reading Brain.
1/22/20 Kathleen McDermott, Washington University in St. Louis. Individual Differences in Learning Efficiency. Seminar to be held at Rice University, BioSciences Research Collaborative Room 280.
2/5/20 Stephanie Leal, Rice University. Making lasting memories: the neural basis of remembering significant experiences
2/19/20 Marjan Bakker, Tilburg University. Diving Into Meta-science – Doing Research on Research
2/26/20 Kirill Nourski, University of Iowa. Electrophysiology of the human superior temporal sulcus during speech processing.
3/18/20 Houston-Area School Spring Break
3/25/20 Julia Strand, Carleton College
4/8/20 Laurel Buxbaum, Thomas Jefferson University and Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute
Summer Break

Academic Year 2020-2021
10/21/20 Society for Neurobiology of Language Annual Meeting
10/28/20 Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting
11/25/20 Thanksgiving Week
Holiday Break
1/27/21 Winter Conference on Brain Research
3/17/21 Houston-Area School Spring Break
Summer Break

To Be Rescheduled: Marc Himmelbach, University of Tuebingen
Kate Watkins, University of Oxford
Adam Aron, University of California, San Diego Wynn Legon, University of Virginia David Somers, Boston University

Previous Years
Academic Year 2018-2019
9/12/18 Stephen Wilson, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
9/19/18 Bart Rypma, University of Texas at Dallas: A neural-vascular complex of age-related changes in the human brain
9/20/18 Special Presentation (Thursday, 9 am): Gunnar Schaefer, Flywheel: Collaborative Science Platform
9/26/18 Petra Vetter, Royal Holloway Hospital, University of London. Sound decoding in early visual cortex.
10/3/18 Wim Vanduffel, University of Leuven. Causal Mechanisms of Cortical Plasticity and Task Irrelevant Perceptual Learning in Monkeys.
10/10/18 no seminar
10/17/18 Stephen David, Oregon Health and Science University. The state space for top-down control of auditory processing.
10/23/18 Special Presentation (Tuesday, 3 pm):Shella Keilholz, Georgia Tech. Functional MRI of the dynamic brain: quasiperiodic patterns of activity and neuromodulation
10/24/18 Sook-Lei Liew, University of Southern California. Big Data Neuroimaging and Virtual Reality for Stroke Rehabilitation
10/31/18 Edmund Lalor, University of Rochester. The effects of attention and visual input on noninvasive electrophysiological indices of natural speech processing at different hierarchical levels
11/7/18 Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting
11/14/18 Liberty Hamilton, University of Texas at Austin. Investigating speech encoding in the human brain using electrocorticography.
11/21/18 Thanksgiving Week
11/27/18 Elena Boto, University of Nottingham. Quantum Sensing the Brain: Towards Real World Neuroimaging. Tuesday, November 27, 11 am - noon. Jamail Specialty Care Center, E4-120, 1977 Butler Blvd.
11/28/18 Pieter Roelfsema, Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience
12/4/18 Jennifer Gelinas and Dion Khodagholy, Columbia University. Organic Neural Interface Devices for Recording Large-scale Neural Network Activity. Tuesday, December 4th, 3:30 p.m.
Holiday Break
1/9/19 Biyu Jade He, New York University Langone School of Medicine. Large-scale brain dynamics underlying visual perceptual awareness.
1/16/19 Adrian Haith, Johns Hopkins University. Time-dependent competition between habitual and goal-directed response preparation.
1/23/19 Ella Striem-Amit, Harvard University. The action system in people born without hands.
1/30/19 Steven Petersen, Washington University. Differences in Human Brain Functional Networks across Individuals and Time. normal time (11 am - noon) but larger room: Cullen 187A.
2/6/19 SPC Study Section Meeting
2/13/19 Anne Churchland, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. Untangling Cognition and Action in the Brain.
2/20/19 Nuri Ince, University of Houston. Towards Intraoperative Real-Time Mapping of Brain Structures Based on Oscillatory Neural Dynamics.
2/27/19 Heather Bortfeld, University of California Merced. Perceptual Learning in Support of Language: Insights from Infants and Cochlear Implantees.
3/6/19 Robin Carhart-Harris, Imperial College London. Psychedelics: therapeutic mechanisms.
3/13/19 Houston-Area School Spring Break
3/20/19 no seminar
3/27/19 Bradley Duchaine, Dartmouth University. Investigations into the Neuropsychology of Face Perception.
4/3/19 Uta Noppeney, University of Birmingham. Multisensory Perception: Behaviour, Computations and Neural Mechanisms.
4/10/19 no seminar
4/17/19 Cheryl Olman, University of Minnesota. Promises and Pitfalls of Sub-millimeter fMRI.
4/24/19 Pascal Mamassian, Ecole Normale Supérieure. Ideal and Super-ideal Confidence Observers.
5/1/19 Jonathan Peelle, Washington University in St. Louis
5/8/19 Bernard Staresina, University of Birmingham
5/15/19 Luiz Pessoa, University of Maryland
5/22/19 Ralph Adolphs, California Institute of Technology

Academic Year 2017-2018
9/6/17 Tom Liu, University of California, San Diego. Nuisance Regression in fMRI: Use, Misuse, and Limitations 
9/20/17 Brad Mahon, University of Rochester
9/27/17 Faculty Candidate Skype Interviews
10/4/17 Avniel Ghuman, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Temporal dynamics of face and word processing in the human fusiform.
10/17/17 Elliot Smith, Columbia University. Distributed temporal processing of decision conflict in human medial and lateral prefrontal neuronal ensembles. Special faculty candidate seminar (Tues. 3 p.m. to 4 p.m., snacks provided).
10/18/17 Pascal Belin, Institut de Neurosciences de La Timone, CNRS & Aix-Marseille Université. A Vocal Brain: Cerebral Processing of Voice Information.
11/8/17 Bradley Postle, University of Wisconsin Madison. Cognitive neuroscience of visual perception, attention, and working memory.
11/15/17 SFN
11/22/17 Thanksgiving Break
11/29/17 Saskia Haegens, Columbia University. Oscillatory building blocks underlying perception & cognition.
12/6/17 Serge Dumoulin, Utrecht University. Visual neuroscience at 7T MRI: from population receptive fields and attention to cortical layers.
1/17/18 Cancelled due to ice storm
1/24/18 Per F. Nordmark, Umea University. Central neural processing of tactile signals from the hand in health and after peripheral nerve injury- structural and functional changes in the brain investigated with MRI
1/31/18 Micah Murray, University of Lausanne. The Multisensory Scaffolding for Perception and Rehabilitation
2/7/18 Adeen Flinker, New York University. Intracranial electrophysiology of speech perception and production
2/14/18 Tal Yarkoni, University of Texas at Austin. Towards turnkey platforms for naturalistic fMRI data analysis
2/21/18 Brice Kuhl, University of Oregon. Decoding the functional contributions of lateral parietal cortex to episodic remembering
2/28/18 Maital Neta, University of Nebraska, Lincoln. In the face of uncertainty: Behavioral and neural responses to emotional ambiguity
3/7/18 Marina Bedny, Johns Hopkins University. Nature and nurture in neurocognitive development: Insights from studies of plasticity in blindness
3/14/18 Houston-Area School Spring Break
3/21/18 Mark Lescroart, University of Nevada, Reno. Variance partitioning between models of objects and scenes
4/4/18 Anthony Ho-Ling Liu, MD Anderson Cancer Center. Presurgical fMRI: Technical challenges
4/11/18 Angie Laird, Florida International University. Data mining and neuroinformatics approaches for understanding functional brain architecture
4/18/18 Dobromir Rahnev, Georgia Institute of Technology. The computational and anatomic basis of visual metacognition
4/25/18 Felipe De Brigard, Duke University. False memories, counterfactual thinking, and schematic knowledge: exploring connections
5/2/18 Steven M. Nelson, Doris Miller VA Medical Center, UT-Dallas, Baylor University. Precision brain mapping as a tool to understand the effects of polytrauma in single individuals
5/9/18 Ladan Shams, UCLA. Multisensory perception, memory and learning
5/14/18 Gordon Xu, Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Imaging Human Habenula Structure and Function
5/16/18 Sven Bestmann, University College London. High precision magnetoencephalography of human action control (and the neural correlates of ping-pong)
5/23/18 Paul Sajda, Columbia University. Fusing simultaneously acquired EEG and fMRI to infer spatiotemporal dynamics of cognition in the human brain
7/20/18 Special time: 10am - 11 am. Geoff Ghose, University of Minnesota. The causal role of low frequency brain rhythms in perception and attention

Academic Year 2016-2017
9/8/16 Brad Lega, UT Southwestern. Strategies for a cognitive brain machine interface: DARPA's Restoring Active Memory study and beyond
9/28/16 Dorian Pustina, University of Pennsylvania. The future of aphasia: from traditional lesion-to-symptom analyses to stacked multimodal predictions with structural and functional data.
10/5/16 Rice Neuroengineering Symposium
10/12/16 Journal Club: Fixing the stimulus-as-fixed-effect fallacy in task fMRI. Beauchamp Lab presenting.
10/19/16 No Meeting
10/26/16 Bart Krekelberg, Rutgers University. Transcranial Current Stimulation: Myths and Mechanisms.
11/2/16 Ione Fine, University of Washington. Auditory processing in individuals who are blind.
11/9/16 Niko Kriegeskorte, University of Cambridge. Testing complex brain-computational models to understand how the brain works.
11/16/16 SFN
11/23/16 Thanksgiving Week
11/30/16 Kyle Simmons, Laureate Institute for Brain Research. The Interoceptive Insula: From Visceral Sensation to Psychiatric Illness.
12/7/16 Katharina Von Kriegstein, Max Planck Institute and Humboldt University. Human communication: from cerebral cortex to sensory thalamus
12/9/16 Joana Loureiro, Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics. Structural and Functional Imaging of the Human Superior Colliculus at 9.4T
1/4/17 Andreas Keil, University of Florida. Threat and safety in human visual cortex: how affective experience impacts perception.
1/11/17 Elia Formisano, University of Maastricht. The functional and computational architecture of the human auditory cortex.
1/18/17 Cancelled due to inclement weather.
1/25/17 Christopher Baker, National Institute of Mental Health Intramural Research Program. Making sense of real world scenes.
2/1/17 Yanchao Bi, National Key Laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience and Learning & IDG/McGovern Institute for Brain Research, Beijing Normal University. Object domain and modality on the visual ventral pathway.
2/8/17 Benjamin Tamber-Rosenau, University of Houston. Mechanisms and limitations of flexible cognition in the human brain.
2/15/17 Olivier Collignon, University of Louvain, University of Trento. Impact of sight deprivation and restoration on the functional organization and connectivity of the occipital cortex.
2/22/17 Journal Club
3/1/17 Eli Merriam, NIH. Multiple scales of representation in human cortex.
3/8/17 Jonathan Winawer, New York University. Neuronal synchrony and the relation between the BOLD response and the local field potential.
3/15/17 Spring Break
3/22/17 Bradley Voytek, University of California, San Diego. Why neural oscillations?
3/29/17 Julie Golomb, The Ohio State University. Representations of 2D and 3D spatial location in the brain.
4/5/17 Marius Peelen, University of Trento. Attention in natural scenes.
4/12/17 Christopher Honey, Johns Hopkins University. Perception and memory of spoken sentences.
4/19/17 Mariam Aly, Columbia University. Attention promotes episodic encoding by stabilizing hippocampal representations.
4/26/17 Keith Schneider, University of Delaware. Imaging the human thalamic reticular nucleus.
5/3/17 Catie Chang, NIH. Vigilance fluctuations and spontaneous fMRI signals.
5/10/17 Yale Cohen, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Mechanisms underlying auditory perception and decision-making
5/17/17 John Serences, University of California, San Diego. Sensory recruitment during visual short-term memory
5/24/17 IMRF