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Cognitive Neuroscience Seminars
Tuesday, 19th February 2008

There will be TWO special cognitive neuroscience seminars next Tuesday 19th of February.
Date: Tuesday 19th February 2007
Time: 11.00 am ˆ 12.00 midday
Venue: Room 306, McElwain Building
Speaker: Professor Kimron Shapiro, School of Psychology, Bangor University, UK
Title: The functional architecture of divided attention
Abstract: When we identify a visual object such as a word or letter our ability to detect a second object is impaired if it appears within 500 ms of the first. This outcome has been named the attentional blink (AB) and has been the topic of numerous research reports since 1992
when the first AB paper was published. During the first decade of research on this topic, the focus has been on behavioural‚ approaches to understanding the AB phenomenon, with manipulations made on stimulus parameters (e.g., type and spatial distribution), nature of the stimuli (uni-modal or cross-modal), and importantly the role of masking. More recently, researchers have begun to focus on neurophysiological underpinnings of the AB studying patients with focal lesions and using approaches such as ERP, TMS, fMRI, and MEG. My talk will focus on the results of a number of such neurophysiological techniques, suggesting that localisation, in combination with
activation and synchronisation methods have begun to unravel a dynamic temporo-parietal frontal network of structures involved in the AB.

Date: Tuesday 19th February 2007
Time: 3.00 ˆ 4.00 pm
Venue: Room 306, McElwain Building
Speaker: Professor Jane Raymond, School of Psychology, Bangor University, UK
Title: Interactions of selective visual attention and emotion
Two main brain mechanisms used to prioritize the high level processing of visual stimuli are attention and emotion. It makes sense, then, that these two large neural networks should interact, each modulating the other. Indeed numerous studies have shown that

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