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Robert Desimone Gives President’s Lecture in Neuroscience

MIT researcher speaks today on Neural Synchrony and Selective Attention

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Robert Desimone, the director of the McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT, will give a President’s Lecture in Neuroscience today at 4 p.m. at the Metcalf Trustee Center. Desimone’s lecture is titled Neural Synchrony and Selective Attention.

Desimone’s research focuses on disorders of perception, attention, and memory that frequently accompany major mental diseases. To understand the neural mechanisms of these mental processes, his lab is recording the activity of neurons in the extrastriate and prefrontal cortex of nonhuman primates engaged in tasks requiring visual discrimination, attention, and memory.

Desimone is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a recipient of numerous awards, including the Troland Prize of the National Academy of Sciences and the Golden Brain Award of the Minerva Foundation.

The Metcalf Trustee Center is at One Sherborn St. For more information about today’s event, contact Denise Parisi in the College of Arts and Sciences Center for Memory and Brain at 617-358-3297.

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