Dr Maureen Hagan
Department if Physiology
Monash University, VIC

Tite: Untangling the mechanisms of neural communication

The brain is made up of networks of areas. Understanding how information is communicated across brain networks to guide behaviour is a key question in systems neuroscience. Neural communication must be dynamic and flexible in order to guide behaviour. Therefore, carefully considered behavioural tasks can allow us to study neural mechanisms of communication across brain areas by giving us a read-out of communication between areas in different tasks. I will show how the temporal patterns of neural activity across areas is modulated by behavioural demands and may be a signature of neural communication. Understanding the structural strategies, the brain uses is also critical. Neural communication across brain areas is organized in a laminar fashion. I will show work we are doing to combine these strategies and establish the marmoset as a model for studying frontal-parietal circuits and the cognitive behaviour it supports.

About Neuroscience Seminars

Neuroscience seminars at the QBI play a major role in the advancement of neuroscience in the Asia-Pacific region. The primary goal of these seminars is to promote excellence in neuroscience through the exchange of ideas, establishing new collaborations and augmenting partnerships already in place.

Seminars in the QBI Auditorium are held on Wednesdays at 12-1pm, which are sometimes simulcast on Zoom (with approval from the speaker). We also occassionally hold seminars from international speakers via Zoom. The days and times of these seminars will vary depending on the time zone of the speaker. Please see each seminar listed below for details. 


Neuroscience Seminars archive 2005-2018