in the framework of the NEUROSCIENCE & NEUROTECHNOLOGY LECTURE SERIES
Israel NELKEN - ELSC Edmond & Lily Safra Center for Brain Sciences, Israel
Brain activity varies at fast, sub-seconds time scales: perception as well as motor planning and execution may occur at rates of 10/s. In contrast, behavior in many neuroscientific studies employ temporally-coarse measures, often limited just to the success or failure in a trial. This discrepancy limits the explanatory power of neural accounts of behavior.
To bridge this gap, we develop theoretical and experimental tools for a ‘high-definition’ description of behavior – the sequence of decisions that animals take at a high temporal resolution (currently at about 10 Hz, but ideally at ~100 Hz). To keep a high level of experimental control, the setup implements Markov Decision Processes (MDPs), whose theory is well understood. Rats do not follow the optimal policies, and I will describe how we define the complexity of behavior from first principles, estimate it from data, and relate it to the concomitant neural activity.
DATES AND VENUE
Jan 20, 2021
from 12:15 PM to 01:15 PM
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