The CIMeC Colloquia Series is an annual set of invited talks given by leading researchers in the mind/brain sciences, both from Italy and abroad, aimed principally at our PhD Students. Given the multi-disciplinary backgrounds of the CIMeC students and researchers, the Colloquia are aimed at a general scientific level rather than at a more specialized audience.


JUNE 6, 2019 04:00 p.m. - Palazzo Fedrigotti, I floor, Conference Room, Corso Bettini 31, Rovereto.

SPEAKER: Matteo Carandini Professor – University College London

TITLE:  Local and global neural correlates of vision and action  

ABSTRACT: Behavior arises from neuronal activity patterns, but it is not known whether the relevant neurons are concentrated in a few brain regions or distributed across many regions. We trained mice to report perceptual decisions about visual stimuli, and used high-density Neuropixels arrays to record from >30,000 individual neurons across 42 brain regions in the cerebral cortex, basal ganglia, hippocampus, thalamus, and midbrain. Task-relevant visual and auditory signals propagated through a wide set of brain regions, much wider than expected from passive sensory stimulation. Furthermore, neurons in nearly all brain regions responded around the time of action. Neurons encoding choice prior to action were observed in few regions, with the earliest signals seen in midbrain. These results demonstrate that task-related signals related to sensory processing and motor actions are widely distributed in the brain, and suggest a simple model for how the brain decides between alternatives. 

Host: Daniel Adams

The 2018/19 CIMeC Colloquium Coordinator: Daniel Baldauf - For Colloquium suggestions, please contact him: daniel.baldauf [at] 


Past 2018-2019 Colloquia:

09/05/2019: Simon Thorpe - DRCE CNRS Centre de Recherche Cerveau & Cognition UMR 5549 Hôpital de Purpan Toulouse. TITLE: Finding repeating patterns : A key to intelligence in man and machine?

04/04/2019: Antje Nuthmann - Full Professor (W3) for Perception and Cognition, Institute of Psychology, University of Kiel (Germany). TITLE: Perception, Attention and Eye Guidance in Real-world Scenes: Experiments and Modelling

07/03/2019: John van Opstal - Professor Biophysics Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour and at Faculty of Medical Sciences at Radboud University. TITLE: Sound localisation is ill-posed. What to do?

07/02/2019: Christian Doeller - Director, Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Department of Psychology, Leipzig, Germany AND Professor of Medicine (Neuroscience), Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience, NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway. TITLE: Structuring experience in cognitive spaces.

10/01/2019: Rufin Van Rullen - Centre de Recherche Cerveau et Cognition (CerCo), CNRS, Toulose, France. TITLE: Alpha oscillations, travelling waves and predictive coding.

08/11/2018: Monica Gori - Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Italy. TITLE: From science to technology: the interaction between senses during the development and the creation of new rehabilitation devices.

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