Nov 7, 2017

The Beautiful Brain: Drawings of Santiago Ramón y Cajal (1852–1934)

Sep 5-Dec 3, 2017

Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery

The Beautiful Brain is the first North American museum exhibition to present the extraordinary drawings of Santiago Ramón y Cajal (1852–1934), a Spanish pathologist, histologist and neuroscientist renowned for his discovery of neuron cells and their structure, for which he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine in 1906. Known as the father of modern neuroscience, Cajal was also an exceptional artist. He combined scientific and artistic skills to produce arresting drawings with extraordinary scientific and aesthetic qualities.

More information: Drawings of Santiago Ramón y Cajal to be shown at UBC.

Intrusive Effects of Task-Irrelevant Information on Visual Selective Attention

12:00pm-1:00pm, Nov 7, 2017

Room 2510, Suedfeld Lounge, Kenny Building, 2136 West Mall, UBC
Cognitive Area External Speaker Week
Dr. Sarah Shomstein, George Washington University

The study of attentional selection is often framed in terms of task relevance or salience. In my talk, I will challenge this dichotomy and discuss evidence demonstrating that attentional selection is constrained by non-salient task-irrelevant representations such as object-boundaries, object-size, and semantic properties of objects. I will argue that the influence from task-irrelevant aspects of the scene is engaging the same neural mechanisms as those involved in goal-directed attentional control. Evidence will be drawn from a set of behavioral, eye-tracking, and neuroimaging experiments. Taken together, I will argue that traditional accounts of attentional selection need to be revised to incorporate intrusive effects of task-irrelevant sensory stimuli. I will conclude by outlining challenges that our field will have to face in light of recent findings.