26 November 2009, 18.30 – 20.00

Mind-Brain Lecture: Stefan Kiebel (Leipzig)

“A hierarchy of time-scales and the brain”

Currently, there is no theory that explains how the large-scale
organization of the human brain can be related to our environment. This
is astonishing because neuroscientists generally assume that the brain
represents events in our environment by decoding sensory input. I
propose that the brain models the entire environment as a collection of
hierarchical, dynamical systems, where slower environmental changes
provide the context for faster changes. In addition, I suggest that
there is a simple mapping between this temporal hierarchy and the
anatomical hierarchy of the brain. This theory provides a framework for
explaining a wide range of neuroscientific findings by a single principle.

Dr. Stefan Kiebel is Head of research group ‘Modelling of dynamic perception and action’, Dept of Cognitive Neurology, Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig.
He is also a Fellow of the Mind-Brain-Institut which works in association with the Berlin School of Mind and Brain.

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