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Regular version of the site
Dec 6, 17:00
Online registration is obligatory until 2 December 
Vision Sciences Society Annual Meeting Abstract

Yakovlev A. U., Utochkin I. S.

Vol. 19. Iss. 10. Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, 2019.

Book chapter
Intensive language-action therapy combined with anodal tDCS leads to verb generation improvements in non-fluent post-stroke aphasia

Ulanov M., Shtyrov Y., Dragoy O. et al.

In bk.: Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference Neurobiology of Speech and Language. Scifiya-print, 2019. P. 63-64.

Cognition without a Cortex: Leibniz Lecture by Professor Dr Onur Güntürkün

*recommended age

HSE University, the University Alliance Ruhr and the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) cordially invite you to attend the DFG Leibniz Lecture of Professor Dr Onur Güntürkün, (Ruhr University Bochum, Faculty of Psychology) Cognition without a Cortex to be held at the HSE University on December 6.

Corvids and parrots have the same cognitive abilities as apes. How is it possible that birds without a cortex and just about a 12g brain can cognitively compete with an ape that has a 400g brain and a large cortex? The lecture will show that bird brains have astonishingly similar forebrain circuits, although their brains look at the first glance radically different from our mammalian brains. Possibly, most of these similarities evolved in convergent manner during 300 million years of evolution. Thus, evolution repeatedly invented similar neural solutions both in birds and mammals. This is only possible, when nature faces limited degrees of freedom to craft neural circuitries for complex cognitive operations. Despite these similarities, there is one glaring difference: Birds achieve the same cognitive abilities with far less neurons. Thus, birds evolved an up to now unknown mechanisms for neural computations that are more efficient than what we have in our mammalian brain.

Where: Moscow, 11 Myasnitskaya, Room 518.
Friday, December 6, at 5:00 pm.

The lecture will be held in English and will be followed by a reception.

Online registration is obligatory until 2 December 2019:

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About the speaker:

In 2013 Onur Güntürkün received the Leibniz Prize as one of the pioneers of biological psychology and one of the most important representatives of his field. Güntürkün's work is characterized by the joining of psychological, biological, and neuroanatomical questions, concepts, and findings from comparative behavioural and neurosciences. One of his main areas of interest is the evolution of thought. Güntürkün has radically modified the established view that the evolution of thought followed a gradual evolutionary path, primarily linked to the development of the neocortex. Güntürkün also exhibits extraordinary creativity in his methods, such as in his research into functional brain asymmetries in pigeons.

In 2014 he was awarded the Communicator Award, conferred by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) and the Donors' Association for the Promotion of Sciences and Humanities in Germany. The jury was impressed by the way in which Güntürkün combined high academic quality with a dedication to communication with the general public and the media.

Born in Izmir in Turkey, Onur Güntürkün attended school in Baden-Baden and Izmir, returning to Germany to study psychology in Bochum and earn his doctorate. He has held research posts in Paris and San Diego. He habilitated in Konstanz and was appointed Professor of Biopsychology at Bochum in 1997.