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DTC Seminar Series

Using functional neuroimaging to develop computational models of sensory and cognitive processing


Kendrick Kay
Center for Magnetic Resonance Research
University of Minnesota

Wednesday, October 7, 2015
3:30 p.m. reception
4:00 p.m. seminar

401/402 Walter Library

Kendrick Kay

How does visual cortex work? One approach to answering this question casts the brain as a computational device, and the goal is to characterize the information-processing operations that are implemented by neurons in the visual system. Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) is an experimental technique that is ideally suited for identifying these operations, given its excellent spatial resolution and ability to monitor activity across the numerous areas of the brain. In this talk, I will review some past and ongoing work that uses fMRI to understand the computations performed in high-level visual cortex.


Kendrick Kay is an Assistant Professor at the Center for Magnetic Resonance Research at the University of Minnesota. He studied philosophy as an undergraduate at Harvard, completed a PhD in psychology at Berkeley, and recently completed a postdoc at Stanford. His research uses neuroimaging and computational techniques to understand how sensory information is processed by the human brain. For more information, see