This center leverages the strengths of Carnegie Mellon in cognitive and computational neuroscience and those of the University of Pittsburgh in basic and clinical neuroscience to support a coordinated cross-university research and educational program of international stature.


Neurobiology: Wang
Apr 23 @ 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

The Department of Neurobiology

A Distinguished Lecture in Neurobiology

“Marmoset as a Model System to Study the Neural Basis of Hearing and Vocal Communication”

Xiaoqin Wang, PhD
Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Neuroscience, and Otolaryngology
Johns Hopkins University

Tuesday, April 23nd, 2019
10:00am- 11:00am
University Club, Ballroom B

Philosophy of Science: Firestone @ Cathedral of Learning 1117
Apr 23 @ 12:05 PM – 1:05 PM

Center for Philosophy of Science
Tuesday, April 23 Lunchtime Talk

“Cognition does not affect perception”
Chaz Firestone
Department of Psychology
Johns Hopkins University

Tuesday, April 23, 2019
12:05 pm
1117 Cathedral of Learning

Abstract: What determines what we see? A tidal wave of recent research alleges that visual experience is ‘penetrated’ by higher-level cognitive states such as beliefs, desires, emotions, intentions, and linguistic abilities. There is a growing consensus that such effects are ubiquitous, and even that the distinction between seeing and thinking may itself be unsustainable. I argue otherwise: There is in fact no compelling evidence for such top-down effects of cognition on perception, or “cognitive penetrability”. I will present several case studies of empirically anchored ‘pitfalls’ that recast such evidence, in each case showing how alleged top-down effects on perception not only can be explained by alternative factors, but in fact are explained by such factors. The discovery of substantive top-down effects of cognition on perception remains a revolutionary possibility for our understanding of how the mind is organized; but without addressing these pitfalls, no empirical report will license such exciting conclusions.

Neurobiology: McIntyre @ Conference Room 1495 BST
Apr 30 @ 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

The Department of Neurobiology Presents a Special Seminar:

“Holographic Deep Brain Stimulation”

Cameron C. McIntyre, PhD
Tilles-Weidenthal Professor
Departments of Bioengineering, Neurology, and Neurosurgery
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

Tuesday, April 30th, 2019
11:00am- 12:00pm
Conference Room 1495 BST

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