Cognitive Area Workshop with Dr. Kim Shapiro

Wednesday September 11, 2019
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Join our Cognitive area for a special workshop featuring Professor Kim Shapiro, Chair of Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Birmingham. Dr. Shapiro is a Peter Wall Institute Visiting Research Scholar.


Brain Oscillations in Attention and Memory


In recent years there has been an increasing drive to understand the role played by brain oscillations in human cognition. Neural oscillations are a plausible mechanism by which distributed brain areas can communicate in real time to support the spectrum of cognitive activity from stimulus representation to decision making. My talk will focus on the role played by oscillations in different frequency bands to facilitate attention and long-term memory by examining the phenomena of the attentional blink and multi-modal associative memory, respectively. Understanding the role of brain oscillations will be made increasingly possible by advances in high-density EEG, MEG, transcranial electrical stimulation, and electrocorticography.


Professor Kim Shapiro is the Chair of Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Birmingham. Dr. Shapiro, in collaboration with other colleagues, published the first paper on the ‘attentional blink’ phenomenon, which has attracted great interest on the part of many scientists. The original publication has been cited over 2500 times and over 1000 reports on the same topic by scientists in many countries have followed from it. He employs a wide range of neuroscience approaches and tools in his research, including functional imaging (fMRI), electroencephalography (EEG) and event-related potentials (ERPs), and magnetoencephalography (MEG).