Monday 16.03.2020 16:00 — 18:00
Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics

CANCELLED: The Westend Lectures on Brain & Cognition with Ken Norman: Computational Principles of Event Memory

Location: Room 416–419

Our ability to understand ongoing events depends critically on general knowledge about how different kinds of situations work (schemas), and also on recollection of specific instances of these situations that we have previously experienced (episodic memory). The consensus around this general view masks deep questions about how these two memory systems interact to support event understanding: How do we build our library of schemas? and how exactly do we use episodic memory in the service of event understanding? Given rich, continuous inputs, when do we store and retrieve episodic memory “snapshots”, and how are they organized so as to ensure that we can retrieve the right snapshots at the right time? I will develop predictions about how these processes work using memory augmented neural networks (i.e., neural networks that learn how to use episodic memory in the service of task performance), and I will present results from relevant fMRI and behavioral studies.

Prof. Ken Norman, PhD Princeton Neuroscience Institute, Princeton University

Please note that this virtual lecture is cancelled for external guests.

The Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics takes the rapid spread of the coronavirus / COVID-19 very seriously. As a precautionary measure, we have decided to cancel all public events such as lectures and workshops until further notice to protect the health of our employees, guests, study participants, and visitors. We will keep you informed about any changes. Thank you for your understanding.