Deciphering the neuronal language: music to my brain
Ehsan Arabzadeh, MD, PhD
Eccles Institute of Neuroscience
An important challenge to neuroscience is to understand how the brain generates a reliable representation of the world around us. In this talk, I present an overview of the fundamental aspects of the neuronal language by drawing examples from the visual, auditory and tactile senses. We will explore the precision with which these external stimuli are represented in the brain and discuss how the specialised cortical circuits enhance processing efficiency by relying on the statistics of the sensory environment. Finally, we will see how the fundamental knowledge on sensorimotor integration can impact our ability to perceive and also to perform music.
Professor Ehsan Arabzadeh is a group leader at the Eccles Institute of Neuroscience, John Curtin School of Medical Research, at the Australian National University. He studied medicine in Tehran University (1994-2001), and received his PhD in Neuroscience from the International School for Advanced Studies, Trieste, Italy (2001-2005). Ehsan's research group, the Neural Coding Lab, studies sensory processing at the level of single cells and neuronal populations. The group combines electrophysiological, optical imaging, and behavioural methods, with computational analyses to investigate how the elegant circuitry of the cortex underpins the efficient encoding and decoding of sensory signals.