Consolidation of spatial memories and development of navigation abilities

Oct 11, 2022 | 16:00 CET | ZOOM ID: 7754910236

Hugo Spiers is Professor of Cogntive Neuroscience in the Department of Experimental Psychology. He is Fellow of the Royal Institute of Navigation and directs the UCL Spatial Cognition Research Lab.

His research explores how our brain constructs representations of the world and uses them to recall the past, navigate the present and imagine the future. His research team use a range of methods including brain imaging, neuropsychological testing, virtual reality and single cell recording to understand brain function and spatial cognition. Most recently his team have collected data from over 4 million people world wide via research game application allowing discoveries into how global patterns in culture impact cognition. Professor Spier’s talk will present the latest findings from this research showcasing how data from millions of people can be collected and used to make discoveries (see e.g. Coutrot et al., Entropy of city street networks linked to future spatial navigation ability. Nature 604(104-110).

This talk is hosted by SFB1315 subproject B05, and will be introduced by Christoph Ploner and Carsten Finke. The Q&A will be moderated by SFB1315 Speaker Matthew Larkum.

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