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Using prior knowledge to build neural representations, make predictions, and encode memories

March 12, 2024 | 4 pm | ZOOM Meeting-ID: 775 491 0236

Our everyday experiences consist of familiar sequences of events in familiar contexts, and we use our memories of the past to understand the present and make predictions about the future. This prior knowledge can consist of specific past episodes, multiple memories linked together, or schematic mental models that have been distilled from many past experiences. I will present recent work from my lab, using a combination of behavioral, eye-tracking, and neuroimaging methods, on the mechanisms by which we can use knowledge of temporal structure to generate predictions, organize experiences into events, and construct durable memories. Our studies employ stories, movies, virtual reality, and games, allowing participants to draw on their knowledge of the world or build detailed expertise in controlled yet naturalistic domains. These studies argue for a central role of top-down and anticipatory processes in constructing high-level representations of events in the brain and creating durable sequence memories.

About the Speaker:  Chris Baldassano leads the Columbia Dynamic Perception and Memory Lab at Columbia University’s Department of Psychology.

Certificate of attendance: Please contact team assistant serenella.brinati.1@hu-berlin.de

This BAW talk is hosted by SFB1315 subproject B05, and will be introduced and moderated by Matthew Larkum.

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