Expert discusses how the human brain works at March 27 Cisler Lecture
Wednesday, March 14th, 2012
“How Does the Brain Make the Mind?” is the topic for Lawrence Technological University’s 2012 Walker L. Cisler Lecture, which will be delivered by Professor Garrison Cottrell of the University of California at San Diego on Tuesday, March 27, at 7:30 p.m. in the Lear Auditorium (T429.
Lawrence Tech’s annual Walker L. Cisler Lecture is dedicated to the improvement of science education. The event is free and open to the public, and a dessert reception will follow.
A professor of computer science and engineering and director of the Temporal Dynamics of Learning Center at his university, Cottrell researches vision – how people recognize faces, facial expressions, and objects
One way to understand the mind is to build computer models that “do the same things people do.” Cottrell has found evidence that humans don’t just “look and see” – in fact, our brains fool us quite a bit about what we see.
Cottrell, who has been working on neural network models of mental processes for over 30 years, describes the field of cognitive science and how building working models of mental processes can provide insights into how the mind works.
An internationally known researcher in computational cognitive neuroscience, Cottrell earned a PhD in computer science from the University of Rochester and completed a post-doctoral fellowship with neural network pioneer David Rumelhart. His research group, Gary’s Unbelievable Research Unit (GURU), which has been funded by the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health, focuses on how the visual system might learn representations of the world, how our attention is drawn to different objects in our visual field, and how we use these processes to recognize objects.