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    January 18th – Virginie van Wassenhove, NeuroSpin center, Making sense of time in the Human mind

    Neuroscience Seminar Series

    Friday, January 18th. 2018, 11:30 am, R229 (2rd Floor), Centre Universitaire des Saints-Pères, 45 rue des Saints-Pères, 75006 Paris

    Virginie van Wassenhove, Directeur de Recherche Inserm NeuroSpin center Gif/Yvette, France

    Title: Making sense of time in the Human mind

    Captation et conception vidéo: Service audiovisuel de Paris Descartes.
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    Abstract:

    While we are all experts in “experiencing time”, introspection provides us with very little intuition regarding the neural mechanisms supporting time perception and temporal cognition. In this talk, I will discuss the importance of clocking mechanisms for the biology of the mind, and how oscillations help reframing temporalities from the perspective of the brain itself (as generator-observer of events) in opposition to that of the external observer (as information reader). I will illustrate this point by focusing on the role of oscillatory activity in low-level temporal logistics of information processing, yielding temporal order and behavioral precision. Second, I will focus on the notion that conscious timing does not linearly map onto neural timing – i.e., temporalities are represented abstractly and intelligibly – and exemplify this with recent work focused on the generative nature of the psychological time arrow (mental time travel), and the ability to introspect about one’s self-generated timing productions (temporal metacognition).

    Host: Claire Sergent