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Emerging Neuroscientists Seminar Series: Dr C Schoonover and Dr A Fink

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The SWC are pleased to announced a Virtual Seminar by Dr Carl Schoonover and Dr Andrew Fink from Columbia University

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Talk Title: Learning and forgetting in primary olfactory cortex

About the speaker: Dr Carl Schoonover and Dr Andrew Fink

In graduate school, Carl Schoonover (BA Philosophy, Harvard College) studied the thalamocortical projection to primary somatosensory cortex under the supervision of Randy Bruno, and Andrew Fink (BA Physics, Carleton College) studied spinal presynaptic inhibition under the supervision of Tom Jessell.

We formed a close collaboration upon joining Richard Axel's lab at Columbia University for our postdoctoral fellowships, during which we have laid the foundations of a joint research program to investigate the neuronal mechanisms underlying non-reinforced learning. We have developed a behavioral assay for the mouse that yields a readout of a subject's ongoing learning of the statistics of olfactory scenes. In parallel we have developed electrophysiological methods to observe the spiking activity of large populations of single units over extended periods of time. This has revealed the primary olfactory cortex to be exquisitely sensitive to the statistics of recent odour stimulus history, and to be capable of predicting future olfactory events based on past regularities.

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