Lessons in perception and memory at BioSoc Guest Night

Oakham School’s Biology Society members were delighted to welcome Professor Rodrigo Quian Quiroga, a Research Professor and director of the Centre for Systems Neuroscience and Head of Bioengineering at the University of Leicester.

Dr Patricia Ingles, Head of Biology, reports:

“Professor Rodrigo Quian Quiroga gave a fascinating talk to Oakham and Harington Biologists on Concept Cells or ‘Jennifer Aniston neurons’ in visual perception and memory.

He spoke about how the brain processes information received by the eye, and how we form memories. Students not only learned that we see less than you think, as the brain makes assumptions and fills in the gaps, but that we also remember less than we think, as we link ideas to concepts rather than remember details.

Professor Rodrigo brought along copies of his latest book, The Forgetting Machine, which explains the mechanics of memory and how this illuminates discussions and raises questions surrounding this field of neuroscience.”

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