In recent years there has been an increasing drive to understand the role played by brain oscillations in human cognition. Neural oscillations are a plausible mechanism by which distributed brain areas can communicate in real time to support the spectrum of cognitive activity from stimulus representation to decision making. Professor Kim Shapiro's talk will focus on the role played by oscillations in different frequency bands to facilitate attention and long-term memory by examining the phenomena of the attentional blink and multi-modal associative memory, respectively. Understanding the role of brain oscillations will be made increasingly possible by advances in high-density EEG, MEG, transcranial electrical stimulation, and electrocorticography.
Professor Kim Shapiro is the Chair of Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Birmingham and a Peter Wall Institute Visiting Research Scholar for the 2019-2020 academic year. Dr. Shapiro, in collaboration with other colleagues, published the first paper on the ‘attentional blink’ phenomenon.