PNC Milestone: Yuki Minai @ Mellon Institute 355. Zoom:
Aug 18 @ 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM

Presenter: Yuki Minai

Time: 8:30 AM EDT, Thursday 8/18
Location: Mellon Institute 355
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Meeting ID: 932 6210 4110
Passcode: 907132

Committee:  Dr. Matthew Smith, Dr. Byron Yu, Dr. Robert Gaunt, Dr. Leila Wehbe

Spatiotemporal electrical microstimulation for modulating multi-area neuronal activity and behavior

Brain stimulation has emerged as a crucial scientific and clinical tool. It has been used for artificially controlling brain activity to causally test hypotheses and to treat brain diseases. However, current stimulation approaches cannot flexibly control the pattern of activity in populations of neurons, which limits the applicability of this approach. In this talk, I will present preliminary results characterizing the effect of patterned electrical microstimulation on neural population activity and behavior. These results pave the way toward the development of an electric microstimulation closed loop system to control neural population activity and behavior.

Aug 29 @ 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
PNC Milestone: Benjamin Richardson @ Location: Mellon Institute 416 or Zoom Link:
Aug 30 @ 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Presenter: Ben Richardson

Time: 1 PM ET, Tuesday 8/30

Location: Mellon Institute 416 or
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Title: Using Neural Correlates of Attention to Inform Aided Sound Processing

Committee:  Dr. Barbara Shinn-Cunningham, Dr. Chris Brown, Dr. Pulkit Grover, Dr. Jana Kainerstorfer

The brain focuses spatial attention to parse information in a busy, sometimes overwhelming, auditory environment. This allows us to grab information from the sound that is important to us. Our labs use noninvasive brain imaging (fNIRS, EEG) to understand the neural signals that correspond to this process, and how manipulations of sound can improve spatial attention, especially in listeners with hearing loss. My talk will review preliminary fNIRS results demonstrating that delivery of larger-than-life spatial cues corresponds to activity in auditory and attention-related areas.