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Storing, using and updating knowledge for behavioural control.

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I will present a number of studies where we have tried to look at how basic models of the world are stored in the brain to allow flexible control of behaviour. These studies try to investigate neural codes and mechanisms that are used to organise this knowledge in a form that can be used efficiently and flexibly. I will mostly focus on interactions between frontal cortex and the medial temporal lobe, but might occasionally stray into sensory cortices. The neuronal codes and mechanisms I will be talking about are often stolen from or related to studies in animal models, so there might also be some methodological interest in how we can go about measuring more mechanistic types of signals in humans.

Biography Tim Behrens works at Oxford and UCL and is a Wellcome Trust Fellow. He has made some contributions to our understanding of the computations performed by the frontal cortex in humans and other mammals. He has also been interested in measuring brain connections in and in understanding relationships between the connectivity of brain regions and their function, and relationships between the brain connectivity of humans and that of other mammals.

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