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Hubel & Wiesel famously showed that the adult visual cortex changes very little with experience, and yet we are capable of learning to recognize new faces and places throughout our lives. I will describe recent work that examines the brain changes that accompany learning of a new visual stimulus or visual behaviour. Most changes occur slowly, over days or weeks, and these involve altered connections between visual cortex areas and higher-level cortical regions. Under appropriate conditions, we can observe learning that is very fast, on a time-scale of minutes, despite involving similar brain circuits. I will discuss potential applications to visual perception in healthy subjects and rehabilitation following vision loss.


May 12, 2023
11:00 am - 12:00 pm


Rudy North Lecture Theatre, Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health
2215 Wesbrook Mall
Vancouver, British Columbia V6T 1Z3 Canada

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