Ingrid Olson (Psychology, Temple): A Dynamic Neural Architecture for Social Memory
Event Date and Time:
Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 3:30pm to 5:30pm
About the Speaker
Dr. Ingrid Olson, Professor of Psychology, Director of Brain and Cognitive Sciences Area, does research on human memory in both normal and impaired populations. She's particularly interested in social memory, that is, memory for other people and their traits, and how those representations are instantiated in the brain in a large interactive network. She's also interested in the intersection of memory and decision making, and memory and language. She uses an assortment of techniques (fMRI, DTI, TMS, tDCS, eye-tracking) to address those questions.
About the Presentation
Abstract: Social behavior is often shaped by the rich storehouse of biographical information that we hold for other people. During our daily social interactions we rapidly and flexibly retrieve a host of biographical details about individuals in our social network, which often guide our decisions as we navigate complex social interactions. Even abstract traits associated with an individual, such as their political affiliation, can cue a rich cascade of person-specific knowledge. I will discuss research from my laboratory showing that a distributed neural circuit, with a hub in the anterior temporal lobe, allows us to rapidly retrieve person knowledge by coordinating interactions with a distributed network to support the flexible retrieval of person attributes.
Faculty wishing to meet with Dr Olson during the day are invited to email <firstname.lastname@example.org>