Month: February 2011

February 23rd, 2011

Brain Lecture Series

February 23rd, 2011

Title of Talk:”Towards a semantic infrastructure for cognitive neuroscience: The Cognitive Atlas Project”

Speaker: Russell Poldrack,
Director, Imaging Research Center
Professor of Psychology and Neurobiology

Location: GSU/GT Center for Advanced Brain Imaging
831 Marietta Street, Atlanta 30318
University of Texas at Austin

Time: 1:30pm

Abstract:

We are drowning in results from neuroimaging studies, but starving for an understanding of how these results inform brain function. In order to integrate across this wealth of research findings, I propose that we need a formal semantic infrastructure similar to those developed in other areas of bioscience such as genomics. I will first describe a set of informatics tools that mine literature and neuroimaging databases to characterize the relation between neural and mental function. I will then describe the Cognitive Atlas project (www.cognitiveatlas.org), which aims to develop a knowledge base for mental structure. Finally, I will outline a proof of concept showing how such a database could be used to extract the latent structure of brain processes that underlie mental function.

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