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A Conversation between Lucia Melloni and Àlex Gómez-Marín
Wednesday April 10
9:00am PDT | 12:00pm EDT | 5:00pm BST | 6:00pm CEST
This event is LIVE and FREE. All registered participants will receive the RECORDING.
A monthly virtual encounter to reckon whence and whither humanity.
Lucia Melloni is head of the Neural Circuits, Consciousness and Cognition Research Group at Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics, Frankfurt and a Research Professor in the department of Neurology at NYU Grossman School of Medicine. Her lab is broadly interested in understanding the neural underpinnings of how we see (perception), how and why we experience what we see (consciousness), and how those experiences get imprinted in our brain (learning and memory) – as well as the interplay between these processes. She uses multiple methods to address these questions, ranging from electrophysiological and neuroimaging methods to behavioral techniques and online surveys. She spearheads a novel approach to advance scientific discoveries on the neural basis of conscious perception resting on ‘adversarial collaboration’ and open science. It unites for the first time scientists from complementary disciplines with the common goal to arbitrate between established theories on consciousness and provides an example for a powerful and well-orchestrated inter-disciplinary project. It combines multiple imaging and electrophysiology approaches in a rigorous, large-scale project spanning multiple laboratories across the globe, and has been described recently by Dr. Melloni and colleagues in the leading journal Science.
Àlex Gómez-Marín is a Spanish physicist turned neuroscientist. He holds a PhD in theoretical physics and a Masters in biophysics from the University of Barcelona. He was a research fellow at the EMBL-CRG Centre for Genomic Regulation and at the Champalimaud Center for the Unknown in Lisbon. His research spans from the origins of the arrow of time to the neurobiology of action-perception across species, from flies and worms to mice and humans. Since 2016 he has been the head of the Behavior of Organisms Laboratory at the Instituto de Neurociencias in Alicante, where he is an Associate Professor of the Spanish Research Council. Combining computational biology and continental philosophy, his current research concentrates on consciousness in the real world.