2017 Spring MIB Workshop Series NO.7: Human Memory and Attention

Topic: Human Memory and Attention

Time: 09:30-11:00, Monday April 16, 2018

Venue: Room S204, Xin Shang Yuan Building, Xuhui Campus

Lecturer: Yixuan Ku, Ph.D., Professor at ECNU


Human memory is the core cognitive system that supports functions like language, learning, reasoning and even general intelligence. The capacity of memory is not as large as expected. It is essential to rely on attention, the goal-directed focus on certain aspects of the environment, while ignoring other irrelevant aspects. I will introduce some basic knowledge of cognitive neuroscience, and extend it to discuss about the neural mechanism underlying human memory and attention, which coordinate and cooperate to fulfill the goal-directed action and behavior.

Guest speaker (Bio)

Dr. Ku obtained his B.S. and Ph.D. from Tsinghua University, and finished his post-doctoral training at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He joined East China Normal University since 2012 and became the PI of Laboratory of Memory, Attention, and Cognition. Dr. Ku focused on neural mechanisms underlying human memory and attention. He used multimodal neuroimaging methods and computational models to understand the cognitive processes, and tried to apply these mechanisms in the special groups of people (ageing adults, schizophrenia patients, children with autism spectrum disorder). He served as a PI or co-Investigator in multiple grants, including the National Natural Science Foundation of China, Shanghai Committee of Science and Technology, and the National Key Fundamental Research (973) Program.