16 March 2021, 16.00 – 17.30

SFB1315 Lecture (via Zoom): György Buzsaki (NYU, School of Medicine)

“Ways to think about the brain”. An event of International Brain Awareness Week

ZOOM ID: 7754910236
Organized by SFB 1315 "Mechanisms and Disturbances in Memory Consolidation"
Contact: sfb1315.ifb@hu-berlin.de

Current neuroscience is largely fueled by an empiricist philosophy that assumes the brain’s goal is to perceive, represent the world, and learn the truth. An inevitable consequence of this framework is the assumption of a decision-making homunculus wedged between our perception and actions. In contrast, I advocate that the brain’s fundamental function is to induce actions and predict the consequences of those actions to support the survival and prosperity of the brain’s host. Only actions can provide a second opinion about the relevance of the sensory inputs and provide meaning for and interpretation of those inputs. In this “inside-out” framework, the brain comes with a preconfigured and self-organized dynamic that constrains how it acts and views the world. In the brain’s nonegalitarian organization, preexisting nonsense brain patterns become meaningful through action-based experience. I will show recent experiments that support this framework.

Buzsáki Lab, New York University, School of Medicine

Buzsaki, G. Rhythms of the Brain (Oxford University Press 2006)
Buzsaki G. The Brain from Inside Out (Oxford University Press 2019)