Russell Poldrack (Psychology, Stanford): The Future of fMRI in Cognitive Neuroscience
Event Date and Time:
Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 3:30pm to 5:30pm
BRB Room 1103, Bioscience Research Building
About the Speaker:
Dr. Russell Poldrack grew up in a small town in Texas and attended Baylor University. After completing his PhD in experimental psychology at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, he spent four years as a postdoc at Stanford. He has held faculty positions at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School, UCLA, and the University of Texas. He joined the Stanford faculty in 2014. The Poldrack Lab is based in the Department of Psychology at Stanford University.
About the Presentation:
Abstract: Cognitive neuroscience has witnessed two decades of rapid growth, thanks in large part to the continued development of fMRI methods. In my talk, I will question what this work has told us about brain function, and will propose some new directions that I see as being crucial to the ultimate success of cognitive neuroscience. First, I will discuss the need for approaches that allow selective associations between mental operations and representations and brain activity. Related to this, I will discuss the need to develop and test formal ontologies of cognitive processes. Finally, I will discuss the need to make research practices in neuroimaging more reproducible.