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1 Maps of the Mind Memory and Cognition Lecture 9

2 Electrophysiological Haemodynamic Cognitive Neuroscience Methods… of seeing inside the box of tricks…

3 Psychophysiology Aim is to develop mind reading technologies We are most interested in the PPY of Perception and Cognition. In other words, Cognitive Neuroscience Can we tell what a person is thinking or experiencing just by looking at their brain activity?

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5 Phrenology Was Odd… There is no known mechanism that would sculpt the contours of the skull according to underlying brain shape –i.e. there is no correlation between local contours of the skull and the underlying size or shape of the brain Their psychological model was based on common sense constructs of personality –I.e. Looking in the wrong place for the wrong thing!

6 But not entirely wrong… The idea of functional localisation has survived, but in a different form –Localisation does not respect character traits, like honesty, peevishness –Localisation may respect, for example, sensory modality, cognitive systems (e.g. LTM), along with other psychological mechanisms yet to be elucidated

7 Acceptable modern principles of functional neuroanatomy Functional Segregation l Discrete cognitive functions are localised to specific parts/circuits of the brain (complex tasks are divided and conquered) Functional Integration l Coordinated interactions between functionally specialised areas (e.g. during retrieval from episodic memory, reading, perceptual binding etc)

8 Where We At? We want to read a persons mind from the activity of their brain Their mind is composed of lots of interacting cognitive processes Each distinct process is carried out by networks of brain regions, each region is probably performing specific functions, but they all work together So we need a device or a technique that can detect changes in brain activity specific to any cognitive process

9 So What Do We Need? In an experiment we (think we) engage different functions in different conditions. For every condition we –Detect rapid changes in neuronal activity (requires a temporal resolution of milliseconds, 1/100ths of a second) –Locate activity within brain structures that are engaged (may require an anatomical (spatial) resolution of millimeters or better) Currently no such technique exists. Instead we rely on converging data from many techniques

10 S Electrophysiological Techniques SEEG S non-invasive recordings from an array of scalp electrodes

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12 Averaging EEG produces ERPs Portions of the EEG time-locked to an event are averaged together, extracting the neural signature for the event. 10uV + - TIME (sec) 021 DOG AIR SHOE AVERAGE

13 What do ERP waveforms tell us? CONDITION A CONDITION B 012 TIME (seconds) 5uV + - ONSET OF EVENT INFORMATION ABOUT THE NEURAL BASIS OF PROCESSING IS PROVIDED BY THE DIFFERENCE IN ACTIVITY

14 Functional Inferences Based Upon Electrophysiology STiming SUpper limit on time it takes for neural processing to differ STime course of a process (onset, duration, offset) SLevel at which a process is engaged SEngagement of multiple processes at different times or in different conditions Early Topography Late Topography


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