CNS 2021 | The 10th Annual Fred Kavli Distinguished Career Contributions Award (DCC)

Congratulations Robert Desimone, our 2021 Fred Kavli Distinguished Career Contributions Awardee. Dr. Desimone will accept this prestigious award and deliver his lecture on Monday, March 15, 2021, 1:00 – 2:00 pm (ET), in the Cerebrum Room.

Prefrontal cortex and the control of attention

Monday, March 15, 2021, 1:00 - 2:00 PM (ET), Cerebrum Room

Speaker: Robert Desimone, McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT

The most behaviorally-relevant stimuli in scenes are selected for processing and control over behavior (“attention”). The effects of selection on neuronal responses are widespread, making it difficult to distinguish cause from effect in the attentional network. However, the flow of control can be inferred through the analysis of the relative timing of neural signals, the relationship of neural signals to microsaccades, and the use of causal methods such as pharmacological inactivation, optogenetics, and feedback training in human subjects. These methods allow us to establish the impact of one circuit on another during spatial and feature attention. The prefrontal cortex plays a particularly important role in attentional control. A new connectome of prefrontal connections established with stimulation-fMRI methods helps us to better understand the prefrontal feedback, and new methods will also be describe that now allow us to test the broader role of prefrontal cortex in genetic-based brain disorders in primates.

About the Distinguished Career Contributions Award

The Fred Kavli Distinguished Career Contributions Award (DCC) was established in 2012 and it is sponsored by the Fred Kavli Foundation from 2019-2023. This award honors senior cognitive neuroscientists for their sustained and distinguished career, including outstanding scientific contributions, leadership and mentoring in the field of cognitive neuroscience.

An annual call for nominations for the Fred Kavli Distinguished Career Contributions Award is made to the membership of the society. The recipient of the prize attends the annual meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society and delivers the Fred Kavli Distinguished Career Contributions lecture.

The Fred Kavli Distinguished Career Contributions (DCC) award honors senior cognitive neuroscientists for their distinguished career, leadership and mentoring in the field of cognitive neuroscience. This award has been generously sponsored by the Kavli Foundation.

Previous Winner of the Distinguished Career Contributions Award:

2020 Marlene Behrmann, Ph.D., Carnegie Mellon University
2019 Daniel L. Schacter, Department of Psychology, Harvard University
2018 Alfonso Caramazza, Harvard University
2017 Marcia K. Johnson, Yale University
2016 James Haxby, University of Trento, Dartmouth College
2015 Marta Kutas, Ph.D., University of California, San Diego
2014 Marsel Mesulam, M.D., Northwestern University
2013 Robert T. Knight, M.D., University of California, Berkeley
2012 Morris Moscovitch, Ph.D., University of Toronto

 

 

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