25th APS Annual Convention: Mark Your Calendar (Washington, DC, USA - May 23-26, 2013)

Keynote Address/Opening Ceremony

Unity in a Modular World

Thursday, May 23, 2013, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Salons 2 & 3

Michael S. Gazzaniga

Michael S. Gazzaniga
University of California, Santa Barbara

Fifty years of split-brain studies have led me to a long-term view on how to best understand mind/brain interactions. Overall, the view is consistent with the idea that complex neural systems, like all complex information processing systems, are highly modular. At the same time, how the modules come to interact and produce unitary goals is the great unknown. In this process, the importance of self-cueing cannot be overestimated. It is demonstrably evident in the human neurologic patient and especially in patients with hemispheric disconnection. When viewed in the context of modularity, it may provide insights into how a highly parallel and distributed brain coordinates its activities to produce a unitary output. Gaining a full understanding of cueing mechanisms will require shifting gears away from standard linear models and adopting a more controlled and dynamical system view of brain function.

Gazzaniga will sign copies of his books immediately following his Keynote Address.

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Read more about Michael S. Gazzaniga in The Faces and Minds of Psychological Science

Michael S. Gazzaniga in the news: The Wall Street Journal (Feb 8, 2013).

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