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CUNY Neuroscience Collaborative Seminar Series

APR 05, 2019 | 10:00 AM TO 11:30 AM



The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue




April 05, 2019: 10:00 AM-11:30 AM




Kelly Webster, from Dr. Tony Ro's laboratory, The Graduate Center, CUNY, will present "Mapping the Spatial and Temporal Characteristics of Visual Percepts Elicited by Non-Invasive Brain Stimulation."

In the visual system, transcranial magnetic stimulation has been used with great success to study the role of conscious visual perception through the induction of brief visual percepts. The induction of perception through brain stimulation shows exciting promise for individuals with visual impairments, but a thorough
understanding of the generation of perception through neural stimulation is currently lacking. I will discuss findings that describe the spatial extent to which visual percepts can be induced using non-invasive stimulation, and the temporal dynamics of awareness of percepts generated by stimulation over visual cortex.

Jonathan Perelmuter, from Dr. Forlano's laboratory, Brooklyn College, CUNY, will present "Forebrain Dopamine System Regulates Sensitivity of the Inner Ear Across Reproductive Cycles."

Studies of dopamine are largely restricted to the central nervous system, but in mammals and fishes, central dopamine projects to the inner ear and could modulate acoustic signals at the earliest stages of processing. Using the vocal midshipman fish, which relies on acoustic communication for reproduction, we show how changes to the dopaminergic system in the inner ear support enhancement of acoustic sensitivity during their breeding season.

These presentations are a part of the CUNY Neuroscience Collaborative Seminar Series. For more information, please see here.