Colloquium “Sensory Processing: How the Past Affects the Present”, at the ENS of Paris, November 21 and 22

What we perceive at a given instant is to some extent influenced by past experience. However, the precise nature of this influence has still to be clarified. In one view of sensory processing, memory and context effects come after basic feature extraction, which is for the most part hardwired, and then modulate perceptual outcome. A different view is that rapid plasticity is pervasive in the system and shapes perception at many levels of processing, in an adaptive manner.

In this workshop funded by the French-Israeli High Council for Science and Technology, the Institute for Cognitive Study of the Ecole Normale Supérieure of Paris plan to bring together psychophysicians, neurophysiologists, and theoreticians, in order to review the evidence for adaptive processing in sensory perception (audition, vision, whisker system) and extract some of its functional principles and benefits.

When? November 21 and 22, from 9.30 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.

Where? Amphi Curien, PSL, 62 rue Gay-Lussac, Paris, France.

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