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Brain Decoding Neuroscientist Jack Gallant to Present Morris Lecture


Jack Gallant
Jack Gallant

Jack Gallant, Robert S. Morris Class of 1976 Visiting Fellow and an expert in the science of brain reading research, will present the Morris lecture on Monday, Sept. 14, at 7 p.m., in the Taylor Science Center’s Kennedy Auditorium. The lecture, titled “Mapping, Modeling and Decoding the Human Brain Under Naturalistic Conditions,” is free and open to the public. Time magazine named Gallant's algorithm to decode brain information one of the “Inventions of the Year” in 2011.

Gallant is the Chancellor’s Professor of Psychology at the University of California at Berkeley. His lab uses neuroimaging methods to study how the human brain represents and processes sensory and cognitive information. His research program focuses on computational modeling of the human brain. These models accurately describe how the brain encodes information during complex, naturalistic tasks, and they show how information about the external and internal world are mapped systematically across the surface of the cerebral cortex. 

These models can also be used to decode information in the brain in order to reconstruct mental experiences. Gallant appears frequently on radio and television to discuss his research.

He received his Ph.D. from Yale University and did post-doctoral work at the California Institute of Technology and Washington University Medical School.

The Morris lecture is presented by Hamilton’s Psychology Department.

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