Can Computers Understand Cognition?

Valerio Mante from the Institute of Neuroinformatics (UZH) was an invited speaker at the Neurotheory seminar series. It is a collaborative effort between current and former labs at the University of Oxford to study theoretical and computational neuroscience. They host an online seminar series called the “Neurotheory Forum”, which features talks on a wide array of topics in brain science and machine learning.

Valerio Mante talked about statistical approaches that can leverage the ever more precise and complete views of brain activity provided my modern recording technologies. This can help to understand more deeply cognitive processes like decisions, attention, or problem solving that emerge from the interaction of large groups of neurons distributed across the brain.
Watch the full talk entitled Residual population dynamics as a window into neural computation.