Catherine Tallon-Baudry, Ph.D. - December 15, 2021
"From Visceral Signals to Subjectivity"
William K. Warren, Jr. Frontiers in Neuroscience Lecture
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm VIRTUAL LECTURE - ZOOM LINK BELOW
Meeting ID: 863 4728 4258
Dr. Tallon-Baudry aims at understanding how brain activity turns into conscious experience. During her early career (PhD in Lyon, France; post-doc in Bremen, Germany), she revealed the existence of induced gamma-band oscillations in humans and showed their role in feature-binding as well as other cognitive visual functions (attention, short-term memory, learning, and consciousness), developing a strong expertise in human electrophysiology (MEG, EEG, iEEG).
In 2002, she moved to Hôpital Pitié-Salpêtrière in Paris where, over 10 years, she went through all stages from independent young researcher to director of both a large research group and of a brain imaging facility, developing her managerial skills. Having unexpectedly discovered a double dissociation between spatial attention and visual consciousness, both at the neural and behavioral level, she began to reconsider the nature of visual consciousness and concentrated on subjective, rather than executive, aspects of consciousness. This led her to move to Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris, in 2012 to focus again on basic research. She created a new cognitive neuroscience group, where they develop and test the hypothesis that the central monitoring of interoceptive signals underlies subjectivity.