Avrama Blackwell Krasnow Institute George Mason University Abstract: The basal ganglia is a collection of brain areas involved in normal learning and motor behavior as well as diseases such as Parkinson’s disease, and addiction. The striatum of the basal ganglia is a major site of learning and memory for goal directed actions and habit formation. […]
Rob Axtell Krasnow Institute George Mason University Other things being equal, people will accept less reward in the near term instead of more in the long run. This behavior is called discounting the future (or simply discounting) and is a cornerstone of both practical finance (interest rates!) and theoretical models in economics. It is known […]
Nadine Kabbani Krasnow Institute George Mason University Intracellular calcium encodes spatial and temporal information in neurons. I will discuss my lab’s work on the mechanisms of cellular calcium signaling through the nicotinic acetylcholine receptor in growing axons. This research aims to provide an understanding of principles that underlie connectivity in the nervous system.
Khalil Iskarous Department of Linguistics University of Southern California Abstract: Octopus have about a million sacs of proteins of 3 colors on their skin, and each of these sacs can be opened via a system of radial muscles, making the sac visible, or closed via muscle relaxation, making the sac invisible.. The activity of […]
Louis M. Pecora US Naval Research Laboratory Washington, DC Abstract: Several common physical systems can be modeled as a set of oscillators of some type connected to each other in a complex network. For example, power generators in an electric grid, neurons in brain structures, and gene interactions in cells. Many networks of coupled oscillators […]
Mark M. Rasenick Distinguished Professor of Physiology & Biophysics and Psychiatry Director, Biomedical Neuroscience Training Program Research Service, Jesse Brown VAMC UIC College of Medicine Abstract: GPCR signaling through heterotrimeric G proteins is regulated both by specialized membrane domains (lipid rafts) and cytoskeletal elements, particularly tubulin and microtubules. The role of this interaction will be […]
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