MNU Spring School: High Level Vision – from Mechanisms to Perception
10-13 April 2017, Tübingen
This Spring School was organised by the Centre for Integrative Neuroscience, University of Tübingen, within the framework of the Matariki Network’s Brain and Mind research theme. The Spring School took place at the Institute for Medical Virology/Microbiology and combined symposium-like talk-and-discussion formats with student talk sessions, tutorials, and a social programme.
Vision is the primary sensory entry point for perception of our environment, for action in it, for social cognition and for the formation and retrieval of memories, including spatial layouts for navigation. Of the entire cortex, an estimated 40% are involved in visual processing, and bridging sensory processing with affective, motor, or memory-related processing. Cortical regions beyond the primary visual cortices make possible highly selective responses to faces, places, or objects, each with idiosyncratic connectivities with other brain structures. In all high-level visual function, memory plays an important role. Hence, nearly all visual processes engage highly specialised regions that transform raw information into abstract forms. These then allow for memory formation, action, or social cognition.
We believe there is a huge benefit in bringing together experts in the behavioural and neural underpinnings of high-level visual function, visually guided action, and memory formation. This will allow young graduate and postgraduate students to get a unique insight into cutting-edge research and state-of-the-art knowledge about how our brains make sense of our complex visual world.
For full details of the programme visit the Spring School website.