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East Bay Science Cafe | Berkeley

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Wednesday, August 1, 2012 - 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm | Cost: FREE
La Peña Cultural Center | 3105 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA

Event Details

The East Bay Science Café is an informal forum for discussing interesting and relevant scientific issues.

The goal is to encourage public engagement with science by inviting members of the scientific community to present topics for a casual evening of conversation. Audience questions are encouraged both during and after.

August 1, 2012 Topic: The Shape of Our Thoughts
(Visual perception of geometric shape)

Most people think that “seeing” is something that happens in the eyes, but many aspects of our perception of the world are determined by neural computations that occur in the brain. The visual cortex – the part of the brain that processes vision – takes up nearly a third of our cerebral real estate. Different regions of the visual cortex respond to different aspects or features of visual stimuli. I will (briefly) go over a few examples of deficits that can occur when parts of the visual cortex are damaged, and I will discuss my own work, which shows how intermediate visual processing areas in the visual cortex respond to variation in object silhouettes and 3D surface orientations.

About the Speaker: Mark Lescroart is a postdoctoral researcher in the Gallant laboratory at UC Berkeley. He got his PhD in 2011, working with Irving Biederman at the University of Southern California. Mark also went to USC for undergrad, and graduated summa cum laude in 2002 with a B.S. in Psychobiology and a minor in Japanese. He is a San Jose native, and graduated from Pioneer High School in 1998. Mark studies the way our brains transform patterns of light on our retinas into useful information about the shape and structure of objects in the world. He has also written popular science articles for Scientific American Mind.

The East Bay Science Café is brought to you by the University of California Berkeley Natural History Museums and Science@Cal.

Disclaimer: Please double check event information with the event organizer as events can be canceled, details can change after they are added to our calendar, and errors do occur.

Cost: FREE
Categories: *Top Pick*, East Bay, Eating & Drinking, Geek Event, Lectures & Workshops
Address: 3105 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA