Lecture Series

The Cognitive Neuroscience and Imaging Center Lecture Series provides unique opportunities for students, faculty and the public to interact, discuss, and debate with leading neuroscientists and scholars. The lectures are held at FIU’s Modesto A. Maidique Campus.

Asymptomatic Alzheimer's Disease: Building a Better Resilience Phenotype

Timothy J Hohman, January 12, 2016, 12:00-1:00 pm, WC-130


Network and Circuit Dysregulation in Drug Addiction: Towards an imaging biomarker for addiction

Elliot A. Stein, October 1, 2015, 11:00-12:00 pm, WC-130


Aging of Human Communication: From Behaviour to Brain Mechanisms

Pascale Tremblay, April 20, 2015, 12:00-1:00pm, AHC2, Room 160


Executive function development: Making sense of the environment to behave adaptively

Nicolas Chevalier, March 26, 2015, 11:00am-12:00pm, WC, Room 130


The Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience of Reward-Based Feedback Learning in the Striatum

Mark Gluck, February 23, 2015, 12-1pm, AHC2, Room 160


Resting-State Connectivity and Stroke-Related Apraxia of Speech

Don Robin, October 17, 2014, 3-4pm, WC, Room 130


Buffer vs. embedded process models of verbal working memory: Evidence from neuropsychology and neuroimaging

Randi Martin, Ph.D., October 8, 2014, 11am, WC, Room 130

Researchers taking a buffer approach to verbal working memory have argued that the left inferior parietal lobe (especially the left supramarginal gyrus) serves as a buffer for maintaining phonological information whereas the left inferior frontal gyrus (LIFG) serves as a buffer for maintaining semantic information (Martin, 2006). In contrast, those taking an embedded processes approach argue that STM consists of the persisting activation of areas involved in processing phonological information (superior temporal lobe) and semantic information (middle and inferior temporal regions) (Lewis-Peacock et al., 2012; Ravizza et al., 2011). I will report evidence from a recent neuroimaging study and from a lesion-symptom mapping study supporting a combined view in which regions in the left frontal and inferior parietal regions serve to support activation in temporal regions carrying out phonological and semantic processing.

Memory and Stress: what we can learn about the hippocampus

Jennifer Robinson, Ph.D., March 31, 2014, 12pm, WC, Room 130

Her research primarily involves using functional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and high field MRI to investigate the interplay of emotions and cognition, and how stress hormones may contribute to these mechanisms.


Exploring Art and Creativity in Neuroscience:Portrait of an artist as an old man

Donald Robin, Ph.D., October 15, 2013, 3:30pm, MMC, AHC-4, Room 101

This talk will provide a broad overview of art and neuroscience from multiple perspectives. Robin has a large project in the area that focuses on (1) educational, (2) basic science and (3) treatment of brain disorders missions. The large project involves collaborations with artists (visual, musical, written) and neuroscientists from San Antonio, New York, San Fransisco, Los Angeles and internationally. The basic approach is to pair neuroscientists with artists in order to enhance education for children and adults, improve teaching methods, use an understanding of the brain to allow artists to create work from using a knowledge of the brain to influence their art, and develop programs for brain injury using art to promote cognitive and emotional growth.

The Complexities of Language and Brain Injury

Nina Dronkers, Ph.D., March 28, 2013, 3:30pm, MMC, DM 100

Nina Dronkers’ research and clinical interests have always focused on understanding the speech, language, and cognitive disorders that occur after injury to the brain. She and her colleagues have worked extensively with individuals who have aphasia to understand the relationship between areas of the brain affected by injury and the speech and language disorders that ensue.
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Neuroimaging Methods to Explore the Brain

Todd B. Parrish, Ph.D., November 2, 2012, 2:00pm, MMC, Ryder Business Complex 120

An overview of how imaging can be used to investigate the neuroanatomical and physiological changes will be discussed and current research results provided to demonstrate the wide range of applications that neuroimaging has to offer.


Neurocognitive Functioning in Marijuana Use and Addiction

Dr. Raul Gonzalez, April 20, 2012, 3:30 PM, MMC, CP 197

Cannabis is the most widely-used illicit drug in the United States, and its use is currently most prevalent among adolescents and young adults. New measures may be useful in identifying neurocognitive vulnerabilities that place persons at risk for substance use disorders, and inform interventions designed to reduce drug addiction.

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Amnesia and Agency: The Neuropsychology of Personhood

Dr. Carl Craver, March 30, 2012, 3pm, PCA 135

Florida International University is transcending traditional boundaries, bringing together experts spanning fields from the natural sciences, behavioral sciences and even philosophy, and integrating those with applied fields such as medicine, engineering and education. This comprehensive approach will accelerate understanding of typical and atypical development as well as contribute to the treatment of neurological and psychiatric disease.

FIU researchers are investigating how the human organism functions in a broader social and evolutionary context and how neurobiology interfaces with cognition. The Cognitive Neuroscience Initiative at FIU contributes to a comprehensive understanding of neuroscience through interdisciplinary basic and applied research, teaching, training, and community engagement.

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Communication in Humans and Primates: The Emergence and Evolution of Speech Through Rhythms

Dr. Asif A. Ghazanfar, November 3, 2011, 3:30pm, Ryder Business Building, Rm 120

This November, the School of Integrated Science and Humanity, together with the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, and the Departments of Biological Sciences, Biomedical Engineering, Physics and Psychology, will host Dr. Asif Ghazanfar, for a lecture focusing on the integrative biology of primate communication.

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The Cognitive Neuroscience Initiative at FIU contributes to a comprehensive understanding of neuroscience through interdisciplinary basic and applied research, teaching, training and community engagement.

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