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Monday Seminar, Past Monday Seminars | Comments Off on Challenges & successes in neuroscience data sharing – 10/31/2016

Challenges & successes in neuroscience data sharing – 10/31/2016

Giorgio Ascoli Krasnow Institute George Mason University Abstract: Although most neuroscientists have yet to embrace a culture of data sharing, the decade-long success story of NeuroMorpho.Org demonstrates how publicly available repositories may benefit data producers and end-users alike. NeuroMorpho.Org is a centrally curated repository of digital reconstructions of axonal and dendritic morphology hosting freely accessible […]

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Monday Seminar, Past Monday Seminars | Comments Off on Nature-inspired Computation – 10/24/2016

Nature-inspired Computation – 10/24/2016

Kenneth De Jong Krasnow Institute George Mason University Abstract: Historically, the field of Computer Science has developed from the fields of mathematics and engineering. While the influence of these fields continues to be quite strong, there is an increasing interest in developing new computational techniques based on inspiration from nature.  Examples include artificial neural networks, […]

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Monday Seminar, Past Monday Seminars | Comments Off on The Role of Dopamine, Calcium, and GPCR Pathways in Striatal Synaptic Plasticity – 10/17/2016

The Role of Dopamine, Calcium, and GPCR Pathways in Striatal Synaptic Plasticity – 10/17/2016

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. […]

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Monday Seminar, Past Monday Seminars | Comments Off on How do People Value the Future? – 9/26/2016

How do People Value the Future? – 9/26/2016

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 […]

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Monday Seminar, Past Monday Seminars | Comments Off on Calcium signals underlying growth and regeneration in neurons – 9/19/2016

Calcium signals underlying growth and regeneration in neurons – 9/19/2016

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.

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Monday Seminar, Past Monday Seminars | Comments Off on Dynamical principles underlying octopus body patterning, a visible neural network – 4/3/2017

Dynamical principles underlying octopus body patterning, a visible neural network – 4/3/2017

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 […]

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